2005 St. Louis Cardinals season

2005 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 2005 season was the team's 124th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 114th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 100-62 during the season and won the National League Central division by 11 games over the NL Wild-Card Champion and eventual NL Champion Houston Astros. In the playoffs the Cardinals swept the San Diego Padres 3 games to 0 in the NLDS. However, the Cardinals lost to the Astros 4 games to 2 in the NLCS.

The season was the last one played in Busch Memorial Stadium by the Cardinals and they moved to the new Busch Stadium the next year. The Cardinals also moved their radio broadcasts from KMOX after a 55-year affiliation to KTRS after the season. After the 2010 season, the Cardinals would move their radio broadcasts from KTRS back to KMOX, starting in 2011.

First baseman Albert Pujols won the MVP Award this year, batting .330, with 41 home runs and 117 RBIs. Chris Carpenter won the Cy Young Award this year, with a 2.83 ERA, 21 wins, and 213 strikeouts. Outfielder Jim Edmonds won a Gold Glove this year.


  • December 18, 2004: Dan Haren was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals with Daric Barton and Kiko Calero to the Oakland Athletics for Mark Mulder.[1]
  • February 21, 2005: Bill Pulsipher was Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.[2]

Regular season

On August 4, the Cardinals announced that they had bought a 50% share of KTRS 550 AM and was leaving the longtime flagship station KMOX 1120 AM after 52 years and transferring the games to KTRS in 2006.

The Cardinals clinched their fifth National League Central division title in six years on September 17 when they beat the Cubs 5-1. The final regular season game at Busch Memorial Stadium took place on October 2, a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Rookie Chris Duncan hit the final regular season home run at that version of Busch Stadium.

Game log

Cardinals WIN Cardinals LOSS Game POSTPONED / TIE
2011 Game Log

Season standings


  • July 29, 2005: Alan Benes was signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.[3]
  • September 6, 2005: Bill Pulsipher was Released by the St. Louis Cardinals.[2]


2005 St. Louis Cardinals
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO


St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres

St. Louis wins series, 3-0.

Game Score Date
1 St. Louis 8, San Diego 5 October 4
2 St. Louis 6, San Diego 2 October 6
3 St. Louis 7, San Diego 4 October 8


Down to their last out and strike and facing elimination in game 5 of the 2005 National League Championship Series, David Eckstein hit a single in the hole on the left side off of the Astros' Brad Lidge to bring the tying run to the plate. The next batter, Jim Edmonds, worked a base on balls. Albert Pujols followed with a 412-foot home run onto the train tracks behind left field (had the game been played with the roof open, the drive would have exited Minute Maid Park, as it first hit off the glass wall which forms part of the roof), to put the Cardinals ahead 5–4. The roar of the crowd, anticipating the end of the game that would signal the Astros' entrance into the World Series, was hushed as they watched Pujols' home run (one of the announcers described it as a "vacuum" from the sudden intake of air by the crowd). Houston was then shut down in the bottom of the 9th by the Cardinals' closer Jason Isringhausen to preserve the win, guaranteeing at least one more game at old Busch Stadium. However, the Astros dominated Game 6, shutting the Cardinals down 5–1 for their first berth in the World Series in franchise history.

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record


1 October 12 Houston 3 St. Louis 5 0-1
2 October 13 Houston 4 St. Louis 1 1-1
3 October 15 St. Louis 3 Houston 4 2-1
4 October 16 St. Louis 1 Houston 2 3-1
5 October 17 St. Louis 5 Houston 4 3-2
6 October 19 Houston 5 St. Louis 1 4-2
HOU won 4, STL won 2.

Houston wins the National League Championship
and advance to the 2005 World Series

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Memphis Redbirds Pacific Coast League Danny Sheaffer
AA Springfield Cardinals Texas League Chris Maloney
A Palm Beach Cardinals Florida State League Ron Warner
A Quad Cities Swing Midwest League Joe Cunningham, Jr.
Short-Season A New Jersey Cardinals New York–Penn League Mark DeJohn
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Tom Kidwell
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Palm Beach[4][5]


External links

  • 2005 St. Louis Cardinals
  • 2005 St. Louis Cardinals team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
NL Central Championship Season
Succeeded by
St. Louis Cardinals