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Founded - 1882 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the American Association
Stadium - Busch Stadium III since 2006 (St. Louis, Missouri)
Best Team Record - 79-33 (.705) 1885, 1st Place AA; 106-48 (.688) 1942, World Series Champions
Worst Team Record - 29-102 (.221) 1897, 12th Place NL; 43-94 (.314) 1903 8th Place NL
World Series Winners - 1886 4-2 vs. Chicago; 1926 4-3 vs. Yankees; 1931 4-3 vs. Athletics; 1934 4-3 vs. Tigers; 1942 4-1 vs. Yankees; 1944 4-2 vs. Browns; 1946 4-3 vs. Red Sox; 1964 4-3 vs. Yankees; 1982 4-3 vs. Brewers; 2006 4-1 vs. Tigers
Division Winners - 1885 1886 1887 1888 1926 1928 1930 1931 1934 1942 1943 1944 1946 1964 1967 1968 1982 1985 1987 1996 2000 2002 2004 2005 2006
Wild Card Winners - 2001

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World Series Champions - 1886, 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1982, 2006

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1/11/10 - McGwire Admits to Steroid Use - Mark McGwire has confirmed what most of the baseball world has suspected for a decade or so by admitting to steroid use throughout his baseball career. He remains one of a select group of players from the past two decades not to have lied about being clean and becomes one of an elite few who admitted to his misdeeds without someone holding hard evidence against him.

While McGwire's character remains commendable, several points about his confession leave a bad taste in the mouth. McGwire said that steroids were "readily available" as early as 1989, which may open the eyes of some people who believe that the Steroid Era did not begin until the mid-to-late 90s.

More importantly, knowing now for sure that McGwire used steroids for most of his career, we will never know what kind of a career he would have had without them. McGwire's best-ever home run rate of once every 10.6 at-bats will be forever questioned, and whether McGwire would have been forced to retire at the age of 37 just 17 homers shy of 600 if he hadn't been using steroids should be forever questioned. --KG

Franchise History

The Beginning - The St. Louis Brown Stockings were founded in 1882 as part of the American Association. After one season, they became known as the Browns.

Later Developments - In 1892 the Browns joined the National League. They would later be known as the Perfectos before adopting the Cardinals moniker for good in 1900.

Best Trade in Team History - In 1997, the Cardinals sent Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein to the Athletics for Mark McGwire. Ludwick, Stein, and Mathews would accomplish little while McGwire had one of the great seasons in baseball history in 1998.

Worst Trade in Team History - In 1972, after he won 20 games but had a league average ERA, the Cardinals shipped Steve Carlton to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rick Wise. In '72, Carlton won 27 games, posted a 1.97 ERA, and struck out 310 Ks to win the pitching Triple Crown and the first of four Cy Youngs he would win with the Phillies. Not such a Wise move after all.

Runner Up - In 1980, the Cardinals traded Rollie Fingers, Ted Simmons, and Pete Vukovich to the Milwaukee Brewers for Sixto Lezcano, David Green, Lary Sorensen, and Dave LaPoint. The four they got would never amount to anything, while the three they sent would win a combined two Cy Youngs and an MVP over the next two seasons and lead the Brewers to the World Series in 1982, where appropriately enough they would lose to the Cardinals.

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2009 St. Louis Cardinals Team Preview
Remember Mark McGwire and 1998? The incomparable Albert Pujols has a fully healthy right elbow for the first time since 2002. Even though Pujols has never led the majors in home runs or RBI and has only led in batting average once, he is the best chance our generation has seen to win the National League Triple-Crown. Unfortunatley, the talent surrounding him may not be enough for the Cardinals to make the postseason, just like McGwire's 1998 squad.

2008 St. Louis Cardinals Team Preview
Can the Redbirds overcome injuries and rebound in '08?

2007 St. Louis Cardinals Team Preview 3/2/2007
Many people will predict the Cardinals' demise this year. Is Keith among those prognosticators?

Ranking Ten of the Greatest Leadoff Seasons 1/1/2007
Where does Lou Brock's fabulous 1971 season rank among the all time great leadoff seasons?

Jack Buck: Voice of the Cardinals
A tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck is now available at the Baseball Evolution Store.

2006 World Series Preview 10/20/06
Betting strategies when you have the opportunity to hedge a season-long wager.

2006 NLCS Preview: Cardinals vs. Mets 10/10/06
Keith can't understand why the Mets are so highly favored here.

2006 NLDS Preview - Cardinals vs. Padres10/1/06
Asher predicts a sweep in the Divisional round.

2006 Cardinals Preview 3/17/2006
Asher forecasts continued success for the NL's hottest franchise.

Speed in the Hall of Fame: Lou Brock vs. Max Carey 1/28/2006
Max Carey was a good hitter, excellent fielder, and the best base stealer for the first 100 years of organized baseball. Lou Brock was one of the worst outfielders ever, a marginally effective hitter, and a great but not legendary basestealer who happened to hold the all-time steals record for a dozen years before Rickey Henderson grabbed it in half of a career.

St. Louis Cardinals Archive

All Time Team
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Best Overall Pitcher
Worst Overall Player
Worst Overall Pitcher
Most Overrated Player
Most Underrated Player
Best Player Name
Catcher
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Second Base
Third Base
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Center Field
Right Field
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Starting Pitcher
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Tony LaRussa
Stan Musial
Bob Gibson
Don Kessinger
Fred Beebe
Dizzy Dean
Ray Lankford
Ripper Collins
Ted Simmons
Albert Pujols
Rogers Hornsby
Ken Boyer
Ozzie Smith
Johnny Mize
Stan Musial
Jim Edmonds
Enos Slaughter
Joe Medwick
Bob Gibson
Dizzy Dean
Harry Breechen
Jesse Haines
John Tudor
Bruce Sutter
Jason Isringhausen
Jack Buck: Voice of the Cardinals
"Go Crazy, Folks! Go Crazy!"

All Time Leaders
Games
At-Bats
Runs
Hits
Doubles
Triples
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Stolen Bases
Total Bases
Batting Average
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
Wins
Losses
Strikeouts
Bases on Balls
ERA
Shutouts
Saves
3026 - Stan Musial
10972 - Stan Musial
1949 - Stan Musial
3630 - Stan Musial
725 - Stan Musial
177 - Stan Musial
475 - Stan Musial
1951 - Stan Musial
888 - Lou Brock
6134 - Stan Musial
.359 - Rogers Hornsby
554 - Jesse Haines
3884.1 - Bob Gibson
251 - Bob Gibson
174 - Bob Gibson
3117 - Bob Gibson
1336 - Bob Gibson
2.67 - Slim Sailee
56 - Bob Gibson
160 - Lee Smith
Single Season Leaders
At-Bats
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HR
RBI
SB
TB
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
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Innings
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Strikeouts
Walks
ERA
Shutouts
Saves

689 - Lou Brock, 1967
141 - Rogers Hornsby, 1922
250 - Roger Hornsby, 1922
64 - Joe Medwick, 1936
33 - Perry Werden, 1893
70 - Mark McGwire, 1998
154 - Joe Medwick, 1937
118 - Lou Brock, 1974
450 - Rogers Hornsby, 1922
.424 - Rogers Hornsby, 1924
.507 - Rogers Hornsby, 1924
.756 - Rogers Hornsby, 1925
1.245 - Rogers Hornsby, 1925
89 - Steve Kline, 2001
352.1 - Stoney McGlynn, 1907
30 - Dizzy Dean, 1934
25 - Stoney McGlynn, 1907
25 - Art Raymond, 1908
274 - Bob Gibson, 1970
181 - Bob Harmon, 1911
1.12 - Bob Gibson, 1968
12 - Bob Gibson, 1968
47 - Lee Smith, 1991
47 - Jason Isringhausen, 2004
Hall of Fame
Bob Gibson
Frankie Frisch
Joe Medwick
Johnny Mize
Rogers Hornsby
Stan Musial
Billy Southworth (Mgr)
Chick Hafey
Dizzy Dean
Jesse Haines
Jim Bottomley
Lou Brock
Ozzie Smith
Red Schoendienst
Enos Slaughter


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Award Winners
Most Valuable Player
Rogers Hornsby - 1925
Bob O'Farrell - 1926
Jim Bottomley - 1928
Frankie Frisch - 1931
Dizzy Dean - 1934
Joe Medwick - 1937
Mort Cooper - 1942
Stan Musial - 1943
Marty Marion - 1944
Stan Musial - 1946
Stan Musial - 1948
Ken Boyer - 1964
Orlando Cepeda - 1967
Bob Gibson - 1968
Joe Torre - 1971
Keith Hernandez - 1979
Willie McGee - 1985
Albert Pujols - 2005
Albert Pujols - 2008

Cy Young
Bob Gibson - 1968
Bob Gibson - 1970
Chris Carpenter - 2005

Rookie of the Year
Wally Moon - 1954
Bill Virdon - 1955
Bake McBride - 1974
Vince Coleman - 1985
Todd Worrell - 1986
Albert Pujols - 2001

Fireman of the Year
Bruce Sutter - 1981
Bruce Sutter - 1982
Bruce Sutter - 1984
Todd Worrell - 1986
Lee Smith - 1991
Lee Smith - 1992
Tom Henke - 1995

Dave Kingman
Bobby Knoop - 1967

Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins
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Club Members
Triple Crown Hitters
Rogers Hornsby (42/152/401) 1922
Rogers Hornsby (39/143/403) 1925
Joe Medwick (31/154/374) 1937

Triple Crown Pitchers
none

3-4-5 Club
Stan Musial
Rogers Hornsby
Albert Pujols

100-Plus Club
Rogers Hornsby (21/126) 1921
Ken Williams (39/155) 1922
Rogers Hornsby (42/152) 1922
Jim Bottomley (21/128) 1925
Rogers Hornsby (39/143) 1925
Jim Bottomley (19/120) 1926
Jim Bottomley (19/124) 1927
Jim Bottomley (31/136) 1928
Jim Bottomley (29/137) 1929
Frankie Frisch (10/114) 1930
Joe Medwick (23/126) 1935
Joe Medwick (18/138) 1936
Joe Medwick (31/154) 1937
Joe Medwick (21/122) 1938
Joe Medwick (14/117) 1939
Enos Slaughter (18/130) 1946
Joe Torre (24/137) 1971
Tom Herr (8/110) 1985

500 Outs Club
Red Schoendienst - 1947
Curt Flood - 1964
Lou Brock - 1967
Vince Coleman - 1985
Vince Coleman - 1988

50 Home Run Club
Mark McGwire (70) 1998
Mark McGwire (65) 1999

30-30 Club
none

Four Homeruns In One Game
Mark Whiten, 1996