When the St. Louis Cardinals come to Safeco Field for a weekend series June 24-25-26 against the Mariners, it will be just the second regular season trip to Seattle for the Cards. The Mariners won two of three games in 2002.
The Saturday evening game (7:10 pm PT) will be Turn Back the Clock Night, and both teams will be wearing their 1984 uniforms. In the 1980’s, both teams played on Astroturf. And there will definitely be a 1984 theme throughout the ballpark.
In 1984, the Mariners had the look of a homegrown team in the franchise’s eighth season, led by two products of the farm system who spent 1983 at the Double A level (Chattanooga). Rookie first baseman Alvin Davis and starting pitcher Mark Langston joined Spike Owen, Jim Presley, Dave Henderson, Phil Bradley, Matt Young, Mike Moore and Ed VandeBerg as major parts of the club. In addition, several other products of the minor league system played parts of the season with the Mariners: Dave Valle, Harold Reynolds, Ivan Calderon, Edwin Nunez, and Darnell Coles saw a good amount of playing time.
Alvin was the American League Rookie of the Year (27 HR, 116 RBI), and good friend Mark Langston was the Rookie Pitcher of the Year (17-10 and league-leading 204 strikeouts).
The Cardinals were World Series champions in 1982, and National League champions in 1985 and 1987, but finished third in the National League East in 1984. The Cards in the ‘80s were built for speed and the Astroturf at Busch Stadium under future Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog. Led by Lonnie Smith (50 stolen bases), Willie McGee (43 steals) and future Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith (35 steals), they stole 220 bases in 1984, far and away the most in MLB.
In addition to Whitey and Ozzie, the Cardinals had a future Hall of Famer in the bullpen. Bruce Sutter saved 45 games in 1984, the most in MLB. Joaquin Andujar was their top starter with a 20-14 mark.
Here are the teams’ primary lineups in 1984:
C Bob Kearney C Darrell Porter
1B Alvin Davis 1B David Greene
2B Jack Perconte 2B Tom Herr
SS Spike Owen SS Ozzie Smith
3B Jim Presley 3B Terry Pendleton
LF Barry Bonnell LF Lonnie Smith
CF Dave Henderson CF Willie McGee
RF Al Cowens RF George Hendrick
DH Ken Phelps