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CARDINAL GREATS

hornsbyred arrow Rogers Hornsby

Hornsby is considered by many followers of baseball's history to be one of the game's greatest hitters (and perhaps its greatest right-handed hitter of all time). Nicknamed "The Rajah", was a second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career in St. Louis. His .358 career batting average is the second highest in major league history, trailing only the .366 mark of Ty Cobb , and is the highest of any right-handed hitter or National League player. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942 . He has also been given a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame .

He holds the modern record for highest batting average in a season, with .424 in 1924, and won baseball's Triple Crown in 1922 and 1925. He won the NL's MVP Award twice, in 1925 and 1929 . At his peak ability, from 1920 to 1925, Hornsby led his league in batting average all six years, in RBI four years, and in home runs twice. Over the 1921 through 1925 seasons, Hornsby averaged an astonishing .402 for five years, a feat unlikely to be equaled again. He hit over 300 homers in his career.

red arrow Dizzy Dean

Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean was best known for leading the 1934 " Gashouse Gang " team. He had a 30–7 record with a 2.66 ERA during the regular season. Dizzy liked to brag about his prowess and make public predictions.Dean had four consecutive strikeout titles, led National League in complete games for four consecutive years, won two games in the 1934 World Series and was the MVP in 1934. Dean is also a member of the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Dizzy would later became a well-known sportscaster , famous for his wit and often-colorful butchering of the English language .

Stan Musialred_arrow Stan Musial

After 22 years as a Cardinal, Stan Musial ranked at or near the top of Baseball's all-time list in almost every batting category. The dead-armed Class C pitcher became a slugging outfielder who topped the .300 mark 18 times and won seven National League batting titles with his famed corkscrew stance and his ringing line drives. The three-time MVP played in 24 All-Star games. He was nicknamed "The Man" by Dodger fans for the havoc he wrought.

Bob Gibsonred_arrow Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson is regarded as the best big game pitcher to ever put on a Cardinal uniform or a big league uniform for that matter. Over 17 seasons as a Cardinal Gibson compiled an astounding 3117 strikeouts nearly three times that of Dizzy Dean who is second on the Cardinals all-time strikeout list. In 1968 the hall-of-famer put together one of the finest seasons ever going 22-9 with 13 shutouts, 28 complete games and an amazing 1.12 ERA a modern day record that has yet to be achieved since. At one point during the 68 season Gibson allowed just two earned runs in 92 straight innings and had 5 consecutive shutouts. Not only did he win a Cy Young Award in 1968 but he also won the National League MVP. Gibson will be most remembered for his performance in the opening game of the 1968 World Series, Gibson fanned 17 Tigers in a 4-0 shutout and would go on to strikeout a record 35 in the series. In his World Series career Gibson won seven of his nine starts and pitched 8 complete games. Not only could Gibson pitch but he could also field his position and hit the ball. The eight-time all-star won nine consecutive gold gloves from 1965-1973 and hit over .300 in 1970 and had 24 home runs in his career.

Gibson no hits the Pirates August 14, 1971

red_arrow Lou Brock

Lou Brock was one of the most gifted base runners to ever play at Busch Stadium. Brock speed revolutionized the art of base stealing as he totaled 938 stolen bases during his 19-year career. Brock came to the Cardinals in 1964 from the Cubs in perhaps one of the most lop sided trades ever. The six-time All-Star accumulated more than 3,000 hits to help lead the St. Louis Cardinals to three National League pennants and two World Series championships. He batted a combined .391 in three World Series and holds the record for most stolen bases in a World Series with seven. In his greatest season in 1974, Brock shattered Maury Wills' 12-year old record for steals in a season, swiping 118 bases in 151 attempts. Brock would bat over .300 seven times in his career and stole 50 or more bases in 12 consecutive seasons.

Brock steals his 105th

Ozzie Smithred_arrow Ozzie Smith

Ozzie is perhaps the most popular player to ever play at Busch Stadium. Ozzie's home run in the 1985 World Series will forever be etched in the memories of Cardinal fans as Jack Buck told Cardinal fans to "Go Crazy Folks". Over his 15 seasons in St. Louis the Wizard wrote the book on how to play shortstop. He won 13 consecutive Gold Gloves and set a Major League record for assists by a shortstop. The Wizard finished his career with over 2,400 hits and 500 stolen bases. In 1996, Ozzie was honored by teams throughout the season which became known as the farewell seasons and in 2002 Ozzie was elected into Cooperstown.

Ozzie's Game Winning Game 5 NLCS home run

Mark Mcgwirered_arrow Mark Mcgwire

Mark Mcgwire was the Babe Ruth of the 1990's. Cardinal fans flocked to Busch Stadium in droves just to see Big Mac hit home runs. Over a four-year stretch he hit an amazing 245 home runs as a Cardinal. McGwire hit three homers in a game five times in his career, twice as a Cardinal. The home run race in 1998 was one for the ages and quite possibly saved the stuggleing game. In 1998 he hit 21 homers in his first 41 games, 40 in 90 games, 50 in 125 games, and shattered the major league record with 70 for the season. In the process he also set a Cardinal record with 145 RBI and a NL record for 162 walks. Mcgwire's mammoth shots earned him a section in the Busch Stadiums Upper Deck and even a highway named after him.

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HALL OF FAME

RETIRED NUMBERS


1 Ozzie Smith

2 Red Schoendienst

6 Stan Musial

9 Enos Slaughter

14 Ken Boyer

17 Dizzy Dean

20 Lou Brock

42 Jackie Robinson
Bruce Sutter

45 Bob Gibson

85 Gussie Busch