Nineteen years ago, in the first season under Bill DeWitt's ownership group and Tony La Russa's dugout leadership, the Cardinals ended an eight-year drought between postseason appearances. Led by an infusion of free agents like Gary Gaetti, Ron Gant and Todd Stottlemyre and franchise icons Willie McGee and Ozzie Smith, the Redbirds clinched their first NL Central title and embarked on a memorable playoff run featuring an NLDS sweep of the Padres and a seven-game battle with the Braves in the NLCS. Cardinals Magazine was there to capture the game-by-game highs and lows of an unforgettable October that reignited a franchise to an unprecedented period of postseason glory.
Authoritative, in-depth coverage has been the hallmark of Cardinals Magazine since its debut on Opening Day in 1992. As we salute three decades of coverage, you can enjoy a peek at prescient moments that celebrate the modern history of Cardinals' baseball.