The Complete Houston-St. Louis Trade Record

October 24, 1974: The Houston Astros purchased Jose Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals.

October 24, 1974: The Houston Astros purchased Jose Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Baseball Reference.Com has a neat little feature that allows researchers to compare the complete historical trade record between any two MLB franchises, including all sales, trades, and “players-to-be-named-later” assignments that may have occurred. Of course, it does not include reference to players who also have played for both teams by free agency decision – or the names of players who may have played for both teams as the result of intervening trades involving other teams on their ways to playing for both comparative clubs.

At any rate, here’s a link to the complete trade record between the Houston Colt .45s/Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals that also appears below without the mechanism that will allow you to try the measure with two others clubs.

To me, it is interesting from several perspectives: (1) It’s a chance to pick your favorite gains and losses in dealing with Cards over the years. The name “Jose Cruz” in 1974 jumps out at me as our biggest Astros gain of all time in dealing with St. Louis. As for biggest Astro losses, I don’t see an earthquake, but losing Joaquin Andujar for Tony Scott in 1981 tips my scale. Andujar posted two 20-win seasons for the Cards; Scott hit one partial season at .293 before going to squat.

(2) It’s also interesting, even if it is incidental, that since GM Jeff Luhnow left St. Louis for Houston in December 2011 that the two clubs have swung only one minor deal for Tyler Greene in August 2012. Then. Since that time? Nothing.

(3) Oh, yes. – We did harvest Mike Cuellar from the Cards in 1965, but the Astros traded him and his biggest pitching harvest as a four-time 20-game winner and twice blessed 18-game “W” man to the Baltimore Oriole prior to the 1969 season.

Have fun!

http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/trade-partners.cgi?franch_ID_1=HOU&franch_ID_2=STL

Trades between Houston Astros & St. Louis Cardinals

August 9, 2012: The St. Louis Cardinals sent Tyler Greene to the Houston Astros as part of a conditional deal.

August 19, 2010: The Houston Astros traded Pedro Feliz and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for David Carpenter.

August 22, 2007: The Houston Astros sent Danny Ardoin to the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a conditional deal.

August 31, 1988: The Houston Astros traded Denny Walling to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bob Forsch.

March 31, 1986: The St. Louis Cardinals returned Mark Ross to the Houston Astros as part of a conditional deal.

December 9, 1985: The Houston Astros sent Mark Ross to the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a conditional deal.

March 16, 1983: The Houston Astros traded Geoff Meadows (minors) to the St. Louis Cardinals for George Bjorkman.

June 7, 1981: The Houston Astros traded Joaquin Andujar to the St. Louis Cardinals for Tony Scott.

June 8, 1978: The Houston Astros traded Bob Coluccio to the St. Louis Cardinals for Frank Riccelli.

December 9, 1977: The Houston Astros traded Ron Selak (minors) to the St. Louis Cardinals for Randy Wiles.

November 23, 1976: The Houston Astros traded Jerry DaVanon and Larry Dierker to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bob Detherage and Joe Ferguson.

June 25, 1975: The Houston Astros traded Mike Easler to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later. The St. Louis Cardinals sent Mike Barlow (September 30, 1975) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

April 8, 1975: The Houston Astros purchased Tom Dixon from the St. Louis Cardinals.

December 13, 1974: The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Mick Kelleher from the Houston Astros.

October 24, 1974: The Houston Astros purchased Jose Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals.

August 15, 1974: The Houston Astros traded Claude Osteen to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later and Ron Selak (minors). The St. Louis Cardinals sent Dan Larson (October 14, 1974) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

May 11, 1974: The Houston Astros purchased Jay Schlueter from the St. Louis Cardinals.

December 9, 1973: The St. Louis Cardinals traded Mike Nagy to the Houston Astros for Jay Schlueter.

October 23, 1973: The Houston Astros purchased Mick Kelleher from the St. Louis Cardinals.

August 18, 1973: The St. Louis Cardinals traded Dave Campbell and cash to the Houston Astros for Tommie Agee.

June 8, 1973: The Houston Astros traded Stan Papi to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ray Busse.

November 28, 1972: The Houston Astros traded Ray Busse and Bobby Fenwick to the St. Louis Cardinals for Skip Jutze and Milt Ramirez.

August 8, 1972: The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Keith Lampard from the Houston Astros. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April 15, 1972: The Houston Astros traded Lance Clemons and Scipio Spinks to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jerry Reuss.

November 3, 1971: The St. Louis Cardinals traded Bob Stinson to the Houston Astros for Marty Martinez.

June 13, 1970: The Houston Astros traded Jim Beauchamp and Leon McFadden to the St. Louis Cardinals for George Culver.

November 20, 1969: The Houston Astros returned Ron Willis to the St. Louis Cardinals following previous purchase.

August 8, 1969: The Houston Astros purchased Ron Willis from the St. Louis Cardinals.

February 12, 1969: The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Byron Browne from the Houston Astros.

October 11, 1968: The St. Louis Cardinals traded Tommy Smith (minors) and Johnny Edwards to the Houston Astros for Dave Adlesh and Dave Giusti.

June 15, 1968: The Houston Astros traded Ron Davis to the St. Louis Cardinals for Hal Gilson and Dick Simpson.

June 15, 1965: The Houston Astros traded Chuck Taylor and Hal Woodeshick to the St. Louis Cardinals for Mike Cuellar and Ron Taylor.

February 17, 1964: The St. Louis Cardinals traded Jim Beauchamp and Chuck Taylor to the Houston Colt .45’s for Carl Warwick.

February, 1963: The Houston Colt .45’s traded Bobby Tiefenauer to the St. Louis Cardinals for Don Ferrarese.

May 7, 1962: The Houston Colt .45’s traded Bobby Shantz to the St. Louis Cardinals for John Anderson and Carl Warwick.

October 15, 1961: The Houston Colt .45’s purchased Bobby Tiefenauer from the St. Louis Cardinals.

October 13, 1961: The Houston Colt .45’s purchased Al Cicotte from the St. Louis Cardinals.

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3 Responses to “The Complete Houston-St. Louis Trade Record”

  1. emmettmcauliffe Says:

    Carl Warwick helped the Cardinals considerably in the pennant drive of 1964. 11/43 in pinch hitting appearances. With a HR and 4 RBIs. .263 overall average. The Cards would die to have that right now in 2015. Jim Beauchamp wouldn’t come into his own until 1968

  2. Doug S Says:

    Reuss for Spinks definitely hurt StL for years. Spinks was good but a knee injury suffered sliding into Johnny bEnch basically finished him before we knew how good he might have been.

  3. Mark W Says:

    Interesting that the two teams did no deals for two decades between 1988 and 2007, and have done no substantive deals since. Maybe because the Cardinals have had our passwords all those years.

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