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Given their storied history, debates about an all-time Cardinals team could run for eternity. So, here’s our attempt to stir up a heated discussion or two.
C, Ted Simmons
In his 12 full seasons with the Cardinals the switch-hitting Simmons made five All-Star teams, batted .300 six times, recorded five 20-homer seasons, and drove in 90 or more runs in six different campaigns.
1B, Albert Pujols
The final chapters in Pujols’ remarkable story have yet to be written, but when the smoke clears he could go down as the greatest player in franchise history. He’s certainly the best hitter the franchise has seen since Stan Musial.
2B, Rogers Hornsby
From 1920-1925, Hornsby never batted lower than .370 and hit .400 or better three times in that span. Granted, this was in a different era, but Hornsby is undoubtedly the best player ever to man the keystone for the Cardinals. His MVP season of 1925 was nothing short of amazing (.403-39-143).
3B, Ken Boyer
This seven-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner was one of the most consistent players in the National League from the mid-1950s through the mid-60s.
SS, Ozzie Smith
Maybe the best defensive player in the history of the game (13 Gold Gloves), The Wizard of Oz shed his all-glove-no-hit label and developed into a fine offensive player midway through his career, recording just under 2,500 hits in his 19 major league seasons.
LF, Stan Musial
Widely considered the game’s best living player, Stan the Man is easily one of the 10 best hitters of all time. He won three MVP awards and was an All-Star in every year except his rookie season.
CF, Jim Edmonds
Willie McGee and Curt Flood deserve mention here, but Edmonds helped the Cardinals reach the postseason in six of his eight seasons in St. Louis. His endless string of highlight reel catches earned him six Gold Gloves in his Cardinal career, and he ranked among the top hitters in the game until his final two seasons in St. Louis.
RF, Enos Slaughter
The man nicknamed “Country” missed three seasons (1943-45) while serving in World War II, but his return to the majors in 1946 saw him lead the National League in RBIs (130) and re-establish himself as one of the top all-around players in the game. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.
P, Bob Gibson
One of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history, Gibson will forever be remember for posting a 1.12 ERA over a staggering 304 2/3 innings in 1968 – a season in which he won both the Cy Young Award and National League MVP.