St. Petersburg Cardinals
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- Location: St. Petersburg, FL
- League: Florida State League (1966-1996)
- Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals 1966-1996
- Ballpark: Al Lang Stadium
The St. Petersburg Cardinals were a long-time affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Florida State League, playng from 1966 to 1996. The team was also known as the St. Petersburg Cards at times.
In its first season, the team hosted the longest game played in baseball history up to that point, losing to the Miami Marlins, 4-3, in 29 innings. The game began on June 14, 1966 and lasted until the early hours of June 15th, the umpires having failed to apply a 12:50 am curfew. This game remains the longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball history, and only the longest game in baseball history, played in 1981 and which lasted 33 innings, has ever gone longer.
|1966||91-45||1st||Sparky Anderson||Lost League Finals|
|1967||96-43||1st||Ron Plaza||League Champs|
|1968||80-63||3rd||Ron Plaza||Lost in 1st round|
|1970||78-52||3rd||Joe Cunningham||Lost League Finals|
|1972||66-66||5th (t)||Roy Majtyka|
|1973||84-62||2nd||Roy Majtyka||League Champs|
|1974||59-71||6th (t)||Roy Majtyka|
|1975||88-47||1st||Jack Krol||League Champs|
|1977||83-56||2nd||Hub Kittle||Lost League Finals|
|1978||84-56||1st||Hal Lanier||Lost in 1st round|
|1980||70-66||4th||Tommy Thompson||Lost in 1st round|
|1982||69-64||4th||Nick Leyva (26-30) / Jim Riggleman (43-34)|
|1985||78-62||3rd||Dave Bialas||Lost in 1st round|
|1986||88-48||1st||Dave Bialas (50-24) / Marty Mason (2-0) / Mike Jorgensen (36-24)||League Champs||Marty Mason|
|1987||85-57||2nd||Dave Bialas||Lost in 1st round||Marty Mason|
|1989||75-64||5th (t)||Dave Bialas||Lost in 1st round||Marty Mason|
|1990||60-74||10th||Joe Pettini||Jay North|
|1991||47-84||13th||Dave Bialas||Jay North|
|1992||57-76||11th||Dave Bialas||John Stuper|
|1993||75-58||4th||Terry Kennedy||Rich Folkers|
|1994||74-65||5th||Mike Ramsey||Rich Folkers|
|1995||64-67||8th||Chris Maloney||Rich Folkers|
|1996||75-63||4th||Chris Maloney||Rich Folkers|
- Sam Zygner: "Racing the Dawn: The 29-Inning Minor League Marathon", The Baseball Record Journal, SABR, Volume 41, Number 2 (Fall 2012), pp. 37-44.
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