Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals http://www.notinhalloffame.com Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:01:34 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 1. Stan Musial http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9692-1-stan-musial http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9692-1-stan-musial 1. Stan Musial
When you talk about the greatest hitter in history Stan “The Man” Musial is often discussed, and why wouldn’t he be?  Musial played his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals where he smacked 3,630 Hits (amazingly with an even amount Home and Away), which is still enough for fourth all-time and is the most for any single team.  Musial was incredibly consistent for years and he was a six time National League Hits leader with three second place finishes and two third place finishes and with that kind of production you can imagine there would be multiple Batting Titles.  That was in fact the case as he won that accolade in 1943, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952 & 1957 and it took until his 18th season to see him bat under .300. 
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2. Albert Pujols http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9693-2-albert-pujols http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9693-2-albert-pujols 2. Albert Pujols
This was a little difficult for us. While Albert Pujols was a certified offensive juggernaut throughout the first decade of the 2000’s, we are talking about a baseball organization that has had Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby and Bob Gibson, so ranking Pujols #2 means that we are taking a bit of a risk.
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3. Rogers Hornsby http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9694-3-rogers-hornsby http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9694-3-rogers-hornsby 3. Rogers Hornsby
As we mentioned in our selection of Albert Pujols at #2, it was a hard decision as the accomplishments of Rogers Hornsby were incredible and we felt the need the give the edge to Pujols due to the integrated era he played in and the overall higher level of competition. We understand however if you don’t agree.
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4. Bob Gibson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9695-4-bob-gibson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9695-4-bob-gibson 4. Bob Gibson
We don’t think there is much of a stretch to say that Bob Gibson is the greatest St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher of all-time. How can he not be?
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5. Ozzie Smith http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9696-5-ozzie-smith http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9696-5-ozzie-smith 5. Ozzie Smith
We bet the San Diego Padres would like to have this one back. At the time of being traded from San Diego, Ozzie Smith was regarded as only a defensive gem that was never going to give you much in terms of offense.  While he was never going to be confused with a Cal Ripken with his bat, he did raise his Batting Average and OBP as a St. Louis Cardinal and he would slap 1,944 of his 2,460 Hits with the Redbirds.  Smith was not known for extra base hits, but once aboard the base paths he was solid with 13 straight 20 Stolen Base Seasons, with 433 in total for the team.  Smith became a good enough hitter that in 1987 he was awarded the Silver Slugger.  It is also worth noting that he didn’t Strikeout much as he would twice finish atop the National League leader board in AB per SO, was the runner up three times and finished in the top five another seven times as a Cardinal.
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6. Enos Slaughter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9701-6-enos-slaughter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9701-6-enos-slaughter 6. Enos Slaughter
If you are a regular reader of Notinhalloffame.com, you know that we are a sucker for what we consider great sports names. Enos Slaughter is a pretty good one on its own, but when you throw in the nickname and you have; Enos “Country” Slaughter, a name that we think is so awesome that we were tempted to jump it up the rankings for that reason alone!
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 20 May 2019 11:58:52 +0000
7. Dizzy Dean http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9702-7-jay-dean http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9702-7-jay-dean 7. Dizzy Dean
We meant it when we said that Bob Gibson was the greatest St. Louis Cardinal Pitcher of all time, however that does not necessarily mean that he had the most dominant run as a Cardinals hurler. We will give that one to Dizzy Dean.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 20 May 2019 04:01:30 +0000
8. Ken Boyer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9703-8-ken-boyer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9703-8-ken-boyer 8. Ken Boyer
Signed as a Pitcher, Ken Boyer would be converted to a Third Baseman in his second season in the minors and that worked out well both for Boyer and the St. Louis Cardinals.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 20 May 2019 12:09:22 +0000
9. Joe Medwick http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9704-9-joe-medwick http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9704-9-joe-medwick 9. Joe Medwick
Debuting with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1932, Joe “Ducky” Medwick (thus nicknamed because he apparently walked like that aforementioned bird) would became a major star through the 1930’s.  Before he was traded midway through the 1940 season he would have seven full seasons where he batted over .300 with four 200 Hit campaigns.  While in relative terms, Medwick was not known as an elite power hitter he did blast 152 dingers for St. Louis including a league leading 31 in 1937.  We will get back to that year later.  In addition to decent power, he was a doubles leader three times (1936-38) and had seven straight years with 40 Doubles and was also a Triples champion in 1934.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 20 May 2019 12:12:08 +0000
10. Johnny Mize http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9705-10-johnny-mize http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9705-10-johnny-mize 10. Johnny Mize
You could argue that Johnny Mize had three distinct periods of Johnny Mize’s Hall of Fame career that was spent with three different teams. The first third was where he was an elite performer for with the St. Louis Cardinals, the second with the New York Giants where he was still good, but missed three years due to World War II, and the final where he was a role player with the New York Yankees but won five World Series Championships.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 20 May 2019 12:14:22 +0000
11. Lou Brock http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9706-11-lou-brock http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9706-11-lou-brock 11. Lou Brock
Lou Brock arrived to St. Louis in a mid-season trade in 1964 and it turned into one of the greatest steals in trade history.  Brock’s batting seemed to automatically improve and he would help the Cardinals win the 1964 World Series.  With Brock’s increased base presence he also developed stronger baserunning skills and in 1967 he went to his first All Star Game, won his first Stolen Base title and helped the Cards win the World Series.  Brock would be a base stealing machine leading the NL in that metric eight of nine seasons (1966 to 1974), the last of which would set a then record 118, which was the season where he finished second in NL MVP voting.  The Outfielder would become the all-time Stolen Base leader with 938 (888 with St. Louis) and he would hold that record until Rickey Henderson broke that mark.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 13:03:15 +0000
12. Adam Wainwright http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9707-12-adam-wainwright http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9707-12-adam-wainwright 12. Adam Wainwright
As of this writing Adam Wainwright has been with the St. Louis Cardinals his entire professional career after arriving from the Atlanta Braves system via a trade.  We bet they wish they could get that one back!
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13. Harry Brecheen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9708-13-harry-brecheen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9708-13-harry-brecheen 13. Harry Brecheen
Harry Brecheen is one of the best left handed Pitchers in St. Louis Cardinals and from 1944 to 1949 he would win 14 or more Games en route to helping the Redbirds win the 1944 and 1946 World Series.  His best season was in 1948 where he posted 20 Wins and was the National League leader in Earned Run Average (2.24), Shutouts (7), FIP (2.37), WHIP (1.037) and SO/BB (3.04) and was fifth in MVP voting.  Overall he won 128 Games for St. Louis, but it was his accomplishments in the 1946 Fall Classic that cements him high on this list.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 13:09:13 +0000
14. Yadier Molina http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9709-14-yadier-molina http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9709-14-yadier-molina 14. Yadier Molina
There is so much to love about Yadier Molina. A ferocious player when needed, Yadier Molina has been a clubhouse leader since he arrived to the St. Louis Cardinals, the only team he has played for in the Majors.  Early in his career, the Puerto Rican was universally regarded as being a really good defensive Catcher and a light hitter but in 2008 he improved his Batting Average to .308 and was locked in as the team’s starting Catcher. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 13:12:07 +0000
15. Jim Bottomley http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9710-15-jim-bottomley http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9710-15-jim-bottomley 15. Jim Bottomley
Jim Bottomley would debut for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1922 season and in his first full season (1923) he would set career highs in Batting Average (.371) and On Base Percentage (.425).  This is not to imply that the First Baseman peaked early as he still had seven more .300 seasons in him (all with St. Louis) and he would slowly develop a power and clutch hitting game.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 13:19:15 +0000
16. Ted Simmons http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9711-16-ted-simmons http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9711-16-ted-simmons 16. Ted Simmons
The sabremetricians were right to love Ted Simmons who while he played many knew was a good player, have now been elevated in some eyes to a Hall of Fame snub.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 13:26:59 +0000
17. Keith Hernandez http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9712-17-keith-hernandez http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9712-17-keith-hernandez 17. Keith Hernandez
Keith Hernandez is probably more known for his time with the New York Mets but he actually had better stats with the St. Louis Cardinals and it was in the Gateway to the West where he had his best season in Baseball.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 14:47:30 +0000
18. Mort Cooper http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9713-18-mort-cooper http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9713-18-mort-cooper 18. Mort Cooper
Mort Cooper was a pretty good Pitcher but like many who played between 1942 and 1945 you have to wonder just how much of his success had to do with how much of the competition was serving their country during World War II.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 14:50:31 +0000
19. Bob Caruthers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9714-19-bob-caruthers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9714-19-bob-caruthers 19. Bob Caruthers
Admittedly when we began this process for the top 50 St. Louis Cardinals we did not think that Bob Caruthers would be this high but after looking some of his dominant pitching performances and the fact he also doubled as an Outfielder and was a really good hitter, his actual value to the team was far greater than we initially thought.
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20. Curt Flood http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9715-20-curt-flood http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9715-20-curt-flood 20. Curt Flood
Curt Flood was very highly regarded for his defensive skills as he was a seven time Gold Glove recipient (1963 to 1969) but slowly his offensive game increased to the point where he was a regular threat to lead the National League in Hits.  He would actually do that in 1964, the season that would see him go to his first All Star Game and World Series (the Cards won) and he would have six seasons where he would bat at least .300.  Flood would again help the Cardinals win the World Series in 1967 and he would have a fourth place finish in MVP voting in 1968.  He would collect 1,853 Hits for St. Louis.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 14:55:40 +0000
21. Red Schoendienst http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9716-21-red-schoendienst http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9716-21-red-schoendienst 21. Red Schoendienst
A nine time All Star as a St. Louis Cardinal, Red Schoendienst was one of the most consistent players in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.  While it might be argued that he was not an upper echelon player he was certainly at the level below and was so for a long time.  He would collect 170 Hits six times with an impressive 1,980 total for St. Louis with a .289 Batting Average.  Defensively speaking he was one of the most versatile and dependable of his day.  He would finish in the top ten in Defensive bWAR eight times as a Cardinal and he was the leader at his position in Range Factor per Game and Fielding Percentage five times.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 15:36:21 +0000
22. Chris Carpenter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9717-22-chris-carpenter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9717-22-chris-carpenter 22. Chris Carpenter
Chris Carpenter began his career with the Toronto Blue Jays where he was a middle of the road Starting Pitcher.  The Jays essentially gave up on him after the 2002 season offering him a minor league deal, which he refused.  The Cardinals would sign him and after rehabbing his elbow through the entire 2003 season he would make the starting rotation in 2004, but it is safe to say that he exceeded all expectations.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 15:45:55 +0000
23. Jim Edmonds http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9718-23-jim-edmonds http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9718-23-jim-edmonds 23. Jim Edmonds
Jim Edmonds played eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, which without question was the true meat of his career.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 15:48:14 +0000
24. Frankie Frisch http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9719-24-frankie-frisch http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9719-24-frankie-frisch 24. Frankie Frisch
Frankie Frisch had an incredible career that was split between the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, the Redbirds being the team he would spend the latter half of his playing career with.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 15:50:11 +0000
25. Marty Marion http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9720-25-marty-marion http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9720-25-marty-marion 25. Marty Marion
Marty Marion was one of the best defensive players in Baseball and his nickname of the “Octopus” was appropriate.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tue, 21 May 2019 15:52:25 +0000
26. Tip O'Neill http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9723-26-tip-o-neill http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9723-26-tip-o-neill 26. Tip O'Neill
Arguably the first really good player to come from Canada, Tip O’Neill was a star for the St. Louis Browns (renamed the Cardinals) in the mid 1880’s and was a large factor in the team winning four American Association Pennants and the 1886 World Series.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Wed, 22 May 2019 12:53:28 +0000
27. Silver King http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9724-27-silver-king http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9724-27-silver-king 27. Silver King
Silver King (born Charles Frederick Koenig) may have adopted a somewhat eccentric name but it fit his equally unique pitching style.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Wed, 22 May 2019 12:56:58 +0000
28. Max Lanier http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9725-28-max-lanier http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9725-28-max-lanier 28. Max Lanier
The story of Max Lanier is one of the more interesting ones on this list, which certainly says something considering the colorful characters that have populated the St. Louis Cardinals!
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Wed, 22 May 2019 12:58:58 +0000
29. Willie McGee http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9726-29-willie-mcgee http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9726-29-willie-mcgee 29. Willie McGee
A very popular player for the St. Louis Cardinals, Willie McGee was a former First Round Draft Pick who the Redbirds pretty much stole from the New York Yankees on a 1981 trade for Bob Sykes, who never pitched in the Majors again.  McGee would win the starting Centerfielder job in his rookie year (1982) and he would shine on the national stage where he helped the Cards win the World Series. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Wed, 22 May 2019 13:03:47 +0000
30. Ray Lankford http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9727-30-ray-lankford http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9727-30-ray-lankford 30. Ray Lankford
Taking over the Centerfield job from Willie McGee, Ray Lankford would have a good career with the St. Louis Cardinals where he had 1,479 Hits showing off a nice blend of power and speed.  Lankford had six seasons of 20 or more Stolen Bases and also had the same amount of 20 Home Run Seasons with 250 and 228 in total in those to categories for the Redbirds.  The National League leader in Triples in 1991 and 1997 All Star had three top ten finishes in Offensive bWAR but his rank is lowered to his high amount of Strikeouts.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Wed, 22 May 2019 13:06:30 +0000
31. Theodore Breitenstein http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9728-31-theodore-breitenstein http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9728-31-theodore-breitenstein 31. Theodore Breitenstein
If you look predominantly at Wins and Losses than you have to wonder why someone with a record of 94 and 125 is so high on this list, but we are a lot smarter than we used to be in regards to those two stats then we used to be and even back in the 1890’s baseball fans knew that Theodore Breitenstein was a very good Pitcher.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Wed, 22 May 2019 13:52:06 +0000
32. Howie Pollet http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9729-32-howie-pollet http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9729-32-howie-pollet 32. Howie Pollet
Howie Pollet was on the verge of becoming a star prior to going to serve his country in World War II.  He was named an All Star in 1943 and actually enlisted for service that day though he played enough games for his 1.75 ERA to win that title. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Wed, 22 May 2019 05:54:19 +0000
33. Bill White http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9738-33-bill-white http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9738-33-bill-white 33. Bill White
Bill White had a rocky road to get to the St. Louis Cardinals, especially considering he really wasn’t looking to become a ballplayer in the first place. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 15:49:49 +0000
34. Mark McGwire http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9739-34-mark-mcgwire http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9739-34-mark-mcgwire 34. Mark McGwire
The accomplishments of Mark McGwire are not as distinguished as they used to be but make no mistake what an impact he had when he was smacking Home Runs at will and chasing the single season Home Run record when he was a St. Louis Cardinal.  For the younger readers, please understand that everybody was paying attention and it was what got many people back into Baseball.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 15:53:15 +0000
35. Jesse Haines http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9740-35-jesse-haines http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9740-35-jesse-haines 35. Jesse Haines
The rank here was a struggle for us. Jesse Haines is a Baseball Hall of Famer (inducted in 1970 by the Veteran’s Committee) and he played all but one of his games for the Cardinals, so when we were doing this list we initially did not expect him to be so low.  Haines recorded 210 Wins for St. Louis, which is second all-time, so how do we come up with a rank in the 30’s?
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 15:55:32 +0000
36. Larry Jackson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9737-36-larry-jackson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9737-36-larry-jackson 36. Larry Jackson
Larry Jackson went to three All Star Games as a St. Louis Cardinal where he went 101 and 86 overall.  Jackson’s best season with St. Louis was in 1959 (in a year where he wasn’t name to an All Star Game) where he was first in bWAR for Pitchers with 7.3 and was also first in the National League in FIP and HR/9.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 15:45:26 +0000
37. Whitney Kurowski http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9741-37-whitney-kurowski http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9741-37-whitney-kurowski 37. Whitney Kurowski
An All Star in five straight seasons (1943-47), Whitey Krukowski was a beneficiary of the glut of talent that went to serve their country in World War II.  Playing at Third Base, Krukowski had 150 Hits in all of his All Star years where he would have three 20 Home Run Seasons, and in three years of those seasons he batted over .300.  Kurowski was also a good defensive player who twice finished first in Fielding Percentage among National League Third Basemen and was in the top four on four other occasions.  He would notably finish fifth in MVP voting in 1945.  Shoulder issues would cause him to have to prematurely retire but over his nine year career (all with St. Louis) he would collect 925 Hits with a .286 Batting Average.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 15:57:49 +0000
38. Joe Torre http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9742-38-joe-torre http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9742-38-joe-torre 38. Joe Torre
While Joe Torre would become far better known for his career as a Major League Manager, he was a pretty good baseball player in his own right.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 16:03:19 +0000
39. Scott Rolen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9743-39-scott-rolen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9743-39-scott-rolen 39. Scott Rolen
Arriving midway through the 2002 season after demanding a trade out of Philadelphia, Scott Rolen proved to be the same star he was in the NL East and he actually raised his game.  Rolen was an All Star in 2002 (though represented Philadelphia and he would be one in his first four full seasons as a Cardinal.  Already respected for his defensive ability, Rolen would win three more Gold Gloves in St. Louis, his 2004 accolade also coupled with leading the National League in Defensive bWAR.  That year was also his best in the majors with the bat as he had a career high 34 Home Runs with a Slash Line of .314/.409/.598.  He would finish fourth in MVP voting that year.  Arguably his 2006 would be far more memorable as he would be a vital component of St. Louis World Series win.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 16:06:17 +0000
40. Matt Carpenter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9744-40-matt-carpenter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9744-40-matt-carpenter 40. Matt Carpenter
Still with the St. Louis Cardinals as of this writing (which is the only team he has ever played for) Matt Carpenter has had a very good career thus far. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 16:08:31 +0000
41. Matt Holliday http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9745-41-matt-holliday http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9745-41-matt-holliday 41. Matt Holliday
Matt Holliday’s best season in baseball may have taken place in Colorado where he was the runner-up for the MVP in 2006 but he was with the St. Louis Cardinals for a longer period of time and actually compiled better overall statistics.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 16:14:04 +0000
42. Chick Hafey http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9746-42-chick-hafey http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9746-42-chick-hafey 42. Chick Hafey
Paying for the St. Louis Cardinals for the first eight of his thirteen year Major League career, Chick Hafey was known for hitting a very Batting Average.  Hafey never batted lower than .329 in a five year stretch for the Cardinals (1927 to 1931) and in that final season his .349 was good enough to secure him the National League Batting Title.  Hafey did not just hit for average as he was a 25 Home Run hitter three times and in 1927 he would lead the NL in Slugging.  He helped St. Louis win two World Series Championships.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 16:16:11 +0000
43. Dave Foutz http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9747-43-dave-foutz http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9747-43-dave-foutz 43. Dave Foutz
We return back to the 1800’s where we have another Pitcher who was with the organization only for a brief time but again was so good that he belongs here.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 16:18:41 +0000
44. Bill Sherdel http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9748-44-bill-sherdel http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9748-44-bill-sherdel 44. Bill Sherdel
In terms of longevity, lefthanded Pitcher Bill Sherdel was one of the most tenured in franchise history as he spent fifteen seasons with the team.  As such it is not a surprise that he is currently in the top five in Wins (153), Games Pitched (465) Innings Pitched (2,450.2) and Games Started (242).  Despite the long duration, Sherdel was never considered a star but rather a good hand who could be used to start or finish, which wasn’t very common at the time, especially a player who played as long as Sherdel competed. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Mon, 27 May 2019 16:22:51 +0000
45. Pepper Martin http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9751-45-pepper-martin http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9751-45-pepper-martin 45. Pepper Martin
A very popular player with fans and teammates alike, Pepper Martin was the engine that drove the famed “Gashouse Gang” of the 1930’s.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Sat, 01 Jun 2019 12:21:42 +0000
46. Ed Konetchy http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9752-46-ed-konetchy http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9752-46-ed-konetchy 46. Ed Konetchy
Ed Konetchy was with the St Louis Cardinals for the first seven years of his professional career before he jumped to Pittsburgh of the Federal League.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Sat, 01 Jun 2019 12:27:26 +0000
47. Bob Forsch http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9753-47-bob-forsch http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9753-47-bob-forsch 47. Bob Forsch
Bob Forsch is the only Pitcher in Cardinals history to pitch two no-hitters for the team and he is one of the most tenured hurlers for the team with nearly 20 years of service since he was drafted.  Forsch was a late round pick in 1968 and would finally crack the roster in 1974 and in 1977 he had his best season with a 20 and 7 record and his 163 Wins are third all-time in St. Louis history..  He would lead the NL in BB/9 the next season and was a member of the Cardinals 1982 World Series win, though he went 0-2 in that year’s Fall Classic.  Forsch was also a two time Silver Slugger winner with a .215 Batting Average with 12 Home Runs as a Cardinal.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Sat, 01 Jun 2019 12:36:49 +0000
48. Tim McCarver http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9754-48-tim-carver http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9754-48-tim-carver 48. Tim McCarver
Tim McCarver played in the Cardinals system for years before he secured a spot permanently as the team’s starting Catcher.  He would help the Redbirds win the 1964 World Series where he hit a 10th Inning Home Run to win Game 5 and he would also help the team win the 1967 Fall Classic.  Known for his expert handling of Pitchers, McCarver was also a two time All Star (1966 & 1967) and in ’67 he would finish second in MVP voting when he had a career high 14 Home Runs and .295 Batting Average with a career high 10 Total Zone Runs on the defensive side of the ledger.  McCarver had 1,029 Hits with a .272 Batting Average as a St. Louis Cardinal.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Sat, 01 Jun 2019 08:39:04 +0000
49. Ripper Collins http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9755-49-ripper-collins http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9755-49-ripper-collins 49. Ripper Collins
We return back to the Cardinals’ famed Gashouse Gang where we have Ripper Collins who was a rookie in their World Series Championship win in 1931.  He would become a starter the season after and he would be a quick fan favorite with his nickname of Ripper and his power despite having a small frame.  Collins would have his best season in 1934 (where he also helped the Cards win the World Series where he was the National League leader in Home Runs (35), Slugging Percentage (.615) and OPS (1.008) with a sixth place finish in MVP voting.  He was named an All Star the next two seasons and would be traded to he Chicago Cubs after the 1936 season.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Sat, 01 Jun 2019 12:46:20 +0000
50. Jesse Burkett http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9756-50-jesse-burkett http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-st-louis-cardinals/9756-50-jesse-burkett 50. Jesse Burkett
When you have a franchise that is well over a century old you would be hard pressed to find a player who was only a Cardinal for three seasons, but when you have a Hall of Famer like Jesse Burkett that turned out to be just enough to land him the 50th and final spot on this list.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 St. Louis Cardinals Sat, 01 Jun 2019 12:48:33 +0000