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A look back at Adam Wainwright's career

The beloved St. Louis Cardinals pitcher turned 41 on Tuesday.
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

ST. LOUIS — The beloved St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright celebrated his birthday on Tuesday. He turned 41. 

Wainwright was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals after the 2003 offseason. The Atlanta Braves, who drafted him, traded him for J.D. Drew. 

While he started out as a relief pitcher, he became a starting pitcher for the Cardinals. Since then, he has gone on to appear in multiple All-Star Games, winning two World Series and continues to make history. 

Here is a look back at Wainwright's career through the years: 

Sept. 11, 2005 

Adam Wainwright makes his first appearance as a St. Louis Cardinal in a 7-2 loss versus the New York Mets. He was traded to St. Louis after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves and spending time in the minor league. 


Wainwright makes the Opening Day roster as a relief pitcher. He hit his first major league home run on the first pitch he saw on May 24. 

Oct. 27, 2006

Wainwright came in for relief during Game 5 of the World Series. He threw a slider to win the Series. The first for the Cardinals since 1982. 

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Adam Wainwright won the 2006 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.


He won his first Gold Glove Award and finished second in the Cy Young Award. He ended the season with a 19-8 record and 2.63 ERA. 

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, and teammate Adam Wainwright hold their gold glove trophies before the start of a baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, April 17, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


He participated in his first All-Star Game, pitching one inning. He ended the season with a 20-11 record, with five complete games. He also threw the first two shutouts of his career. 

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, April 29, 2010, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 10-4. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


Wainwright experienced discomfort in his right elbow during batting practice on Feb. 21, 2011. He would miss the entire season, undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals would go on to win the World Series. The team awarded Wainwright his second ring despite not playing the entire season. 


On Opening Day, Wainwright won his 100th career decision. In a 1-0 win, he struck out nine Reds players and gave up three singles. 

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws against the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game, Monday, March 31, 2014, on opening day in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)


After suffering an Achilles tendon rupture and surgery in April, he pitched on Sept. 30 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was announced the winner of the Hutch Award. The award is given to an MLB player who "best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire."


Wainwright won his first Silver Slugger Award. He became the first Cardinals pitcher to win since Jason Marquis in 2005. He batted .262 during the season and led all pitchers with seven runs scored and 11 RBI. 

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St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright hits a two-run scoring single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 21, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


On Sept. 3, Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina made their 300th start as a battery, becoming the fourth in MLB history to do so. 

Wainwright also recorded his 2,000 career strikeout on Sept. 23, becoming the second pitcher in franchise history to reach the milestone. The first was Bob Gibson. 


As teammates Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols announce this is their last year, Wainwright joins them as they hope to make history one last time. 

Wainwright and Molina became the most successful battery in MLB history with their 203rd win on May 15. 

The pair also looks to make history as the most starts as a battery this season, beating Detroit Tigers battery Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan with their record of 324 career starts. 

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, and teammate Adam Wainwright walk to the dug out prior to a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, May 15, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Joe Puetz)

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