1989 St. Louis Cardinals season

1989 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Record 86–76 (.531)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s) Dal Maxvill
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KPLR-TV
Cardinal Cable Network
(Al Hrabosky, Ken Wilson)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon)
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The St. Louis Cardinals 1989 season was the team's 108th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 98th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 86-76 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East division.

Shortstop Ozzie Smith and third baseman Terry Pendleton won Gold Gloves this year.

On September 29, team owner August A. Busch, Jr. died at the age of 90.


Regular season

The over-achieving 1989 Cardinal team almost made the playoffs. Pedro Guerrero finished third in the National League MVP voting while leading the league with 42 doubles and finishing second in RBIs (117). Joe Magrane won 18 games while José DeLeón won 16 games. Milt Thompson played in 155 games and hit .290, mostly substituting for the injured Willie McGee. Vince Coleman lead the league in stolen bases for the fifth straight year. However, it would be the arch-rival Cubs who would claim the division and move on to the playoffs.

Opening Day starters

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 9369 0.574 48–33 45–36
New York Mets 8775 0.537 6 51–30 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 8676 0.531 7 46–35 40–41
Montreal Expos 8181 0.500 12 44–37 37–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 7488 0.457 19 39–42 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 6795 0.414 26 38–42 29–53

Record vs. opponents

1989 National League Records

Atlanta 5–78–108–106–106–62–108–44–87–116–123–9–1
Chicago 7–57–55–77–510–810–810–812–68–46–611–7
Cincinnati 10–85–78–108–104–84–84–87–59–98–108–4
Houston 10–87–510–810–84–86–69–37–58–108–107–5
Los Angeles 10–65–710–88–107–55–76–67–56–1210–83–9
Montreal 6–68–108–48–45–79–99–911–75–77–55–13
New York 10–28–108–46–67–59–912–69–95–73–910–8
Philadelphia 4-88–108–43–96–69–96–1210–8–12–104–87–11
Pittsburgh 8–46–125–75–75–77–119–98–10–13–95–713–5–1
San Diego 11–74–89–910–812–67–57–510–29–38–102–10
San Francisco 12–66–610–810–88–105–79–38–47–510–87–5
St. Louis 9–3–17–114–85–79–313–58–1011–75–13–110–25–7

Notable transactions


1989 St. Louis Cardinals
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CTony Peña141424110.259437
1BPedro Guerrero162570177.31117117
2BJosé Oquendo163556162.291148
3BTerry Pendleton162613162.2641374
SSOzzie Smith155593162.273250
LFVince Coleman145563143.254228
CFMilt Thompson155545158.290468
RFTom Brunansky158556133.2392085

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Willie McGee5819947.236317
Todd Zeile288221.25618
Denny Walling697924.304111
Jim Lindeman73455.11102
Craig Wilson641.25001


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors

  • Vince Coleman, National League Stolen Base Leader, 65[5]
  • Terry Pendleton, Third Base, National League Gold Glove
  • Ozzie Smith, Shortstop, National League Gold Glove

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Redbirds American Association Mike Jorgensen
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Gaylen Pitts
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Dave Bialas
A Springfield Cardinals Midwest League Dan Radison
A Savannah Cardinals South Atlantic League Keith Champion
A-Short Season Hamilton Redbirds New York–Penn League Joe Pettini
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Mark DeJohn
Rookie AZL Cardinals Arizona League Luis Meléndez



  1. Lee Tunnell at Baseball-Reference
  2. Steve Lake page at Baseball Refefence
  3. 1989 St. Louis Cardinals Roster by Baseball Almanac
  4. Jeremy Hernandez page at Baseball Refefence
  5. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/hitting/hisb2nl.shtml
  6. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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