The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the latest class to their organization’s Hall of Fame.  It is a group of three former players and a former owner.

For many, the headliner is one of the two men voted in by the fans, Chris Carpenter.  Arriving in St. Louis following a release from the Toronto Blue Jays, Carpenter would finally live up to his potential, recovering from elbow issues and would become a fixture in the Cardinals rotation.  The following year, Carpenter would have his best individual season winning the Cy Young Award going 21 and 5 with 213 Strikeouts.  The year after, Carpenter would finish third in Cy Young Voting and would ace the Cardinals to a World Series Championship.

The injury bug would strike again and his problem elbow would force the Pitcher to miss almost all of 2007 and 2008 but he would be back in ’09, finishing second in Cy Young voting and winning the ERA title.  Appropriately, Carpenter would win the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award.  Two years later, Carpenter would assist St. Louis in winning the World Series in 2011.

Overall as a St. Louis Cardinal, Chris Carpenter was a three time All Star with a 95 - 44 Record with 1,085 Strikeouts and an ERA of 3.07.

The second fan inductee is Joe Torre, who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame for his managerial prowess two years ago.

As a St. Louis Cardinal, Joe Torre was the team’s Catcher for six seasons and was named an All Star four times.  He was named the National League MVP in 1971 in a season where he led the league in Hits, Runs Batted In and Batting Average.  Overall as a Cardinal, Torre had 1,062 Hits, 98 Home Runs and a Slash Line of .308/.382/.458.

Carpenter and Torre won in the fan vote over Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria and Scott Rolen.

As selected by a special committee, Terry Moore and Sam Breadon were also chosen for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. 

Moore was a Cardinal for his entire MLB career earning All Star honors four times.  He was a member of two World Series Championship Teams, and had 1,318 Hits over his career. 

Breadon was the President and Majority Owner of the Cardinals from 1920 to 1947 and during his tenure St. Louis won the World Series six times and the National League Pennant nine times. 

We here at would like to congratulate the latest Cardinals Hall of Fame Class.

Yes we know this is taking a long time!

Regular visitors to know that we are slowly (or glacier like) working on our top 50 players for each major North American Franchise.  After that is done, our intention is to look at how each one of those teams honor their past players and executives. 

As such, it is news to us that the St. Louis Cardinals have announced seven finalists for their franchise Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

To become eligible for the Cardinals HOF, a player must have at least played for the team for three seasons and have been retired for three years. 

Here are this year’s nominees:

Steve Carlton, Pitcher.

Carlton is far better known for winning the Cy Young Award four times with the Philadelphia Phillies it was in St. Louis where “Lefty” first became a star.  Carlton rose to prominence in 1967, joining a rotation that would take the Cards to back-to-back World Series appearances in ’67 and ’68.  As a Cardinal, Carlton would post a 77 and 62 record with a 3.10 ERA and 951 Strikeouts.  The Hall of Fame Pitcher would be traded from St. Louis following a salary dispute, which was a deal that did not exactly fall in the Cardinals favor.

Keith Hernandez, First Base.

Hernandez would with the National League co-MVP in 1979 in a season where he also won the NL Batting Title.  Hernandez was thought of us as the best defensive First Baseman in his era and overall would have 1,217 Hits with a Slash Line of .299/.385/.448 over 1,165 games as a Cardinal.  Hernandez would be traded to the New York Mets in 1983 after falling out of favor with St. Louis Manager, Whitey Herzog.  Still, Hernandez did help the Cards win the 1982 World Series.

Jason Isringhausen, Pitcher.

The Cardinals closer from 2002 to 2008, Isringhausen recorded 217 Saves with a 2.98 ERA.  The Cards closer was an All Star in 2005 and led the NL in Saves in 2004.  He would help St. Louis win the World Series in 2006.

Tim McCarver, Catcher.

Playing 1,181 Games for St. Louis, the Catcher turned broadcaster was a two time All Star for the Cardinals.  McCarver would finish 2nd in MVP voting in 1967, the same season he helped St. Louis win the World Series.  He would smack 1,029 Hits as a Cardinal. 

Mark McGwire, First Base.

McGwire famously chased (and took) the single season home run record as a Cardinal.  He was only with the Cardinals for four and a half seasons but he belted 220 Home Runs with a .420 On Base Percentage while he played there.  He was also named to three All Star Games, earned a Silver Slugger and had two top five finishes in National League MVP voting while he was a Cardinal.

Edgar Renteria, Shortstop.

A member of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1999 to 2004, Renteria was skilled with his bat (973 Hits with a .290 Batting Average) and with his glove (two Gold Gloves).  The fleet footed infielder would also swipe 148 bases and earn two Silver Sluggers in St. Louis.

Scott Rolen, Third Base.

Rolen was traded to the Cardinals during the 200 season and from 2003 to 2006 was named a National League All Star.  Rolen dominated third base, winning three Gold Gloves and also producing good power numbers, belting 111 Home Runs as a Cardinal.  He would help St. Louis win the 2006 World Series.

Voting is available online at  The top two vote getters (voting concludes on April, 14) will be officially inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame this August.

We would like to congratulate the St. Louis Cardinals who in a short time has made their franchise’s Hall of Fame one of the most respected in team sports.

Other teams, take note!
We have said before that the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame has quickly become one of our favorite franchise Halls.

Today they added to it as three former St. Louis Cardinals, Mark McGwire, Pepper Martin and Tim McCarver have been chosen.

Traded from the Oakland Athletics midway through 1997, Mark McGwire brought an even bigger bat to the Midwest.  In 1998, McGwire would set the new single season Home Run Record with 70, and followed it up with 65 the year after.  In his four and a half seasons with St. Louis, he tallied 220 Home Runs with a 1.111 OPS.

Achieving more fame as a broadcaster, Tim McCarver was a Cardinal for twelve seasons.  An All Star twice, McCarver helped St. Louis win the World Series in 1964 an d 1967 and would accumulate 1,029 Hits over his career with the Red Birds.

Like McCarver, Pepper Martin also helped St. Louis win two World Series Championships (1931 & 1934).  A member of the famed “Gashouse Gang”, Martin was an All Star four times and led the National League in Stolen Bases three times.

We here at would like to congratulate the newest members of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.

11. Ted Simmons

With all due respect to Johnny Bench, Gary Carter or other Hall of Fame catchers, if they were to be judged solely on their offensive accomplishment and were outfielders there is a good chance that half of them would not be in the Hall.  This is not to knock catchers, but they have not been traditionally your power position in the lineup.  Ted Simmons was a catcher in the era with Bench, Carter and Fisk he was clearly in their shadow despite having numbers that matched their production.

18. Mark McGwire

It is possible that this candidate is shrouded with more controversy than our 1A and 1B candidates combined?

34. Keith Hernandez

Just what would Keith Hernandez be most famous for?  Could it be for his eleven consecutive Gold Gloves?  How about his 1979 MVP?  The two World Series rings perhaps?  Maybe his tenacious play as a Met?  It could also be for his association with cocaine.  Likely, there are many who think of Keith Hernandez and remember that episode of Seinfeld instead.  Just as long as it isn’t for those terrible Just for Men commercials.

50. Jim Edmonds

Many who first think of Jim Edmonds and the Hall of Fame may think automatically of what we wrote about Moises Alou and that he is likely a candidate for the “Hall of Very Good”. However the more we really thought about it, the more we like “Jimmy Baseball’s” resume.

84. Reggie Smith

In the late 70’s Hall of Fame pitcher, Don Sutton famously noted that Steve Garvey was not the best player on the Dodgers, it was Reggie Smith. Garvey may have been the most popular, but Sutton was not alone in his assessment of Reggie Smith.

105. Larry Jackson

Larry Jackson played for some good teams, but never any great ones (he never played in the post season). As such, Jackson never made the 200 Win club, but his value as an innings eater was essential to the success that many of his teams had.

52. Ottis Anderson

Ottis Anderson had one of the best rookie seasons ever for a Running Back gaining over 1,600 yards on the ground.  Too bad he did for a bad St. Louis Cardinals team that was barely on the National radar.

Anderson would prove he was not a one season wonder.  Although he would never again equal his rookie numbers he still posted decent ground numbers and was the highlight of a poor Cardinals team.  As it does in football, injuries piled up and he lost his explosiveness.  Anderson was however reinvented as a short yardage specialist by the New York Giants and he again accumulated impressive tallies.  He was a natural leader and as he rarely fumbled he was a strong key to the Giants ability to control the ball for extended periods of time.  As a Giant, Ottis Anderson twice won the Super Bowl, capped with an MVP performance in Super Bowl XXV.

57. Jim Hart

If it seemed like Jim Hart was the St. Louis Cardinals Quarterback forever it is because in football terms, he practically was.  Hart started 180 games for them from 1967 to 1983, but for such a long tenure it went largely unnoticed.  Playing for bad teams will generally do that.