On April 5, 2011, Kyle McClellan made history as he joined a rather select group of starting pitchers who grew up in the St. Louis area. Looking back over the last 100 years of Cardinals history, here are the other hometown starters.
Jim Cosman was a big, hard throwing, right handed pitcher that came up through the Cardinals farm system in the 1960. Everybody rooted for him, but success was just not in the cards.
43 years ago, another Cardinals pitcher turned in an even more remarkable rookie season, finishing second in voting to Tom Seaver of the New York Mets. The story of Dick Hughes goes far beyond a 16-6 record with a 2.67 ERA over 222 innings. Forget that he had one of the best sliders in the game, and held right handed hitters to a .197 batting average. The real story of Dick Hughes is one of determination and refusing to quit, in spite of overwhelming odds against success.