Features of each member of the 1990 Louisville Redbirds, AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Players are as included in that year's team set.
1 - Pat Austin, Learned Much
Pat Austin was quick coming out of college. As a pro, he learned stealing bases took more than just speed.
1990 Louisville Redbirds (45)
1 - Gibson Alba, Some Help
It took Gibson Alba 12 seasons to make the majors. He did it in 1988, with the Cardinals He only got into three games.
2 - Luis Alicea, Two Jobs
He hoped to perform both jobs for the Cardinals in 1988, hitting and defense.
3 - Scott Arnold, Power Pitcher
Scott Arnold made the Cardinals in 1988 for six relief outings. Those outings marked the extent of his major league career.
4 - Pat Austin, Defensive Label
Pat Austin made up for his arm strength with quickness. But not enough to make the bigs.
5 - Brad Bluestone, Louisville Again
Brad Bluestone wanted to return to college as a trainer. He did, and he also returned to Louisville.
6 - Rod Brewer, Best Thing
Brewer made the Cardinals as a backup in 1993, played in 110 games. In
three previous major league seasons, he played in 62 games total.
7 - Ernie Camacho, Arm Injury
He came back from an arm injury to return to the bigs.
8 - Cris Carpenter, Other Pitches
Cris Carpenter knew if he could show hitters other pitches it could only help. It helped in eight major league seasons.
9 - Dennis Carter, Winter Roster
Dennis Carter made AAA once, apparently just for a photo shoot. He never played at AAA, or the majors.
10 - Stan Clarke, Finest Win
Stan Clarke came back from surgery to notch his second major league win. He played in six major league seasons total.
11 - Rheal Cormier, Extra Valuable
He proved extra valuable over 16 major league seasons.
12 - Danny Cox, Other Games
He lost a major league perfect game late; Played in three World Series
13 - Todd Crosby, Two Choices
Todd Crosby had choices out of high school. What he chose was college. He later turned pro, but never made majors.
14 - Bien Figueroa, Stayed Healthy
Bien Figueroa was key to Florida State's run to the NCAA Championship game in 1986. His run in the majors lasted for 12 games.
15 - Terry Francon, Worked Hard
Terry Francona worked hard. Made majors as a player, manager. Broke a curse.
16 - Ed Fulton, Confidence Built
Ed Fulton built his own confidence as a player, others' as a coach.
17 - Bernard Gilkey, In the Lineup
The best manager Bernard Gilkey ever had was the one that put him in the lineup. He made major league lineups in 12 seasons.
18 - Mark Grater, Pitching Assignment
Mark Grater wanted to be judged on more innings. His eight major league innings, though, was all he'd get.
19 - Ken Hill, Emerging Talent
He went from emerging talent to 14 major league seasons.
20 - Howard Hilton, Legitimate Chance
Howard Hilton made the majors in April 1990. His stay was brief, just two games. It was the extent of his major league career.
21 - Mike Hinkle, College Honor
Mike Hinkle made the "baseball brain team" and AAA. He never made the majors.
22 - Dale Kisten, Ran Out
He didn't throw super hard, but he did make AAA.
23 - Ray Lankford, Some Kind
Ray Lankford had some kind of 24-hour period in 1991. He then had some kind of a 14-season major league career.
24 - Dominic Latkovski, Billy Bird
He debuted as Billy Bird, later built a mascot empire.
25 - Lonnie Maclin, Got On
He was as hungry as Gilkey. Played in 12 major league games.
26 - Greg Mathews, Unexpected Start
He didn't expect to start Game 1 of the NLCS, but he did and got the win.
27 - Julian Martinez, Old Friend
Martinez worked for Sammy Sosa, knowing him going back to the Dominican
Republic. Martinez himself played eight seasons in minors, never making
28 - Jesus Mendez, Venezuelan Nuggets
Mendez signed with the Cardinals as a free agent. He later signed free
agents as a scout. As a player, Mendez lasted a decade, but never made
29 - Scott Nichols, Scouting Rasmus
Scott Nichols played seven seasons as a pro, never made bigs. He later became a scout.
30 - Tom Niedenfuer, Looking Back
Tom Niedenfuer saved 97 games in the majors, missed two in the 1985 NLCS.
31 - Mauricio Nunez, Playing Ball
Mauricio Nunez came to the U.S. to play ball. His home, though, was always the Dominican Republic.
32 - Omar Olivares, Not His Style
Omar Oliveres tried to throw strikes and hit his spots. He did so in 12 major league seasons.
33 - Dave Osteen, Experience and Knowledge
Dave Osteen followed his father into baseball and coaching. He couldn't follow father to the majors.
34 - Geronimo Pena, Youth Movement
Geronimo Pena was part of the Cardinals' youth movement in 1991. He played in seven major league seasons.
35 - Mike Perez, Surprised Return
Mike Perez returned from surgery to pitch for the Cubs in 1995, part of a major league career that spanned eight seasons.
36 - Gaylen Pitts, Around Long
Gaylen Pitts believed his time in the major leagues would be short. It was. His time in baseball, though, has hit 50 years.
37 - Dave Richardson, Hard-Nosed
Played hard-nosed baseball in college. Made AAA as pro.
38 - Mark Riggins, Teaching Pitching
Mark Riggins could teach people how to pitch. He did with the Cardinals and the Cubs.
39 - Stan Royer, Different Feeling
He called making the Cardinals out of spring 1994 a different feeling.
40 - Tim Sherrill, Fishing and Baseball
Sherrill liked to compete, whether that was on the baseball field, or
the fishing pond. He competed in 18 games for the Cardinals in St.
41 - Roy Silver, Most Impressed
an instructor, Roy Silver helped Josh Hamilton back on track and to the
majors. As a player, Silver never got to bigs himself.
42 - Ray Stephens, Up in the Air
Ray Stephens went into 1992 with 11 total major league games played. He left it with 19, marking the extent of his major league career.
43 - Bob Tewksbury, Pitched Again
Bob Tewksbury pitched again over 13 major league seasons.
44 - Steve Trout, Improved Greatly
Steve Trout pitched the Cubs to within one win of the 1984 World Series.
45 - Craig Wilson, Be Consistent
Craig Wilson knew he had to be consistent to return to the majors after five seasons there. He never got back.