25. Marty Marion
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 1, 1916 in Richburg, SC USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 16, 1940
  • Final Game: July 06, 1953
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1942
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1943
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1943
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1944
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1944
  • Most Valuable Player - 1944
  • TSN All-Star - 1944
  • TSN Guide MVP - 1944
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 1944
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1944
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1945
  • TSN All-Star - 1945
 
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Marty Marion was one of the best defensive players in Baseball and his nickname of the “Octopus” was appropriate.

The Shortstop finished first in Defensive bWAR three times and was the runner-up five times and he is still in the top twenty all-time in that category.  Marion was not a great hitter but he did have a .264 Batting Average as a Cardinal, which remember was not terrible for a Shortstop in that day. 

Marion did not go to World War II (a childhood leg injury rendered him ineligible) and was one of the few legitimate stars to remain behind.  He would be named for eight All Star Games and again while he was not known for his hitting his defensive prowess propelled him to a National League MVP win in 1944.  He would help the Redbirds win three World Series Championships (1942, 1944 & 1946), which makes him one of the most successful players in franchise history.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop
  • Acquired: Signed before the 1936 as an Amateur Free Agent.
  • Departed: Released 10/24/51.
  • Games Played: 1502
  • Notable Statistics: 586 Runs
    1,402 Hits
    261 Doubles
    37 Triples
    34 Home Runs
    605 RBI
    35 Stolen Bases
    Slash Line .263/.323/.346
    31.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series (1942, 1944 & 1946)

    MVP (1944)

    All Star (1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 & 1950)

    Highest Defensive bWAR (1941, 1944 & 1946)

    Most Doubles (1942)

    Most Sacrifice Hits (1941 & 1949)

    Most Putouts by a Shortstop (1946 & 1947)

    Most Assists by a Shortstop (1941 & 1946)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Shortstop (1946 & 1947)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Shortstop (1947)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Shortstop (1944, 1947 & 1948)
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