3 Greatest Outfielders in Cardinals History

3 Greatest Outfielders in Cardinals History


The St. Louis Cardinals have won the second-most World Series of any franchise in baseball, and they wouldn't have done it without some great players. It goes without saying that, over the last 139 years, the Cardinals have produced some of the best outfielders of all-time.

Here's a list of the three greatest outfielders in Cardinals history.

3. Lou Brock

After being drafted by the Chicago Cubs, Lou Brock could've been a mainstay for the Cardinals' arch-rivals. Instead, after three seasons, the Cubs traded Brock to the Cardinals for pitcher Ernie Broglio in one of the most lopsided trades of all-time in 1964. Brock became a Hall of Fame outfielder for the Cardinals, leading them to two World Series crowns. One of the great leadoff hitters base-stealers in history, his career stolen base total of 938 is second to only Rickey Henderson.

2. Enos Slaughter

Enos Slaughter was one of the great hitters of the 1940s. He made 10 All-Star teams for the Cardinals, only interrupted by three years of military service during World War II. Slaughter played a solid right field and had an OPS over .870 in five of his 13 years in St. Louis. However, he's best known for his famous "Mad Dash" in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series, when he scored the championship-winning running from first base.

1. Stan Musial

Stan Musial was always going to be No. 1 on this list. "Stan the Man" became one of the best players in baseball history during his 22 years in St. Louis. The numbers are just astonishing: 3,630 hits, a career triple-slash line of .331/.417/.559, and 18 years receiving MVP votes of some kind. He also hit 475 homers, which ranked second all-time in the NL at the time. To give a modern-day comparison, Musial effectively had Mike Trout numbers for over two decades. Musial has rightly become a franchise legend in St. Louis, and he recently was named the No. 9 best player of all-time in The Athletic's recent list.

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