3 Greatest Pitchers in Cardinals History

Tristan Jung
Adam Wainwright has already established himself as one of the best pitchers in Cardinals history.
Adam Wainwright has already established himself as one of the best pitchers in Cardinals history. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

From their beginnings as the St. Louis Browns in 1882, the St. Louis Cardinals have an extensive history of great pitchers. Without them, there's no way they'd have 23 NL pennants and 11 World Series titles.

However, when it comes to separating the cream of the crop, it's clear that three names stand out. Without further ado, here's our list of the best Cardinals pitchers in history.

3. Adam Wainwright

It may surprise some that Wainwright is already on the list, but he's crept up to fourth in wins above replacement on Baseball Reference (bWAR) and will add to that total in 2020. In addition, Wainwright was a key member of two World Series titles as a closer and a starter, and he's posted a 3.34 ERA lifetime ERA with the Cardinals. Even at age 38, he contributed to another Cardinals playoff run in 2019 with an above-average season. He is also has the second-most strikeouts in Cardinals history. There's little doubt that Wainwright will end his career as a Cardinals lifer and one of their best pitchers ever.

2. Dizzy Dean

Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean was one of baseball's great characters. True to his nickname, he baffled his competitors with great pitching. Dean was an instant celebrity and one of America's most famous athletes during the 1930s. His run between 1934 and 1937, where he made four consecutive All-Star teams and never had an ERA above 3.17, were enough to cement him in everyone's memory. He is seventh all-time in wins, sixth in shutouts and third in strikeouts for the Cardinals. Although he slowed down late in his career due to injury, he later became a beloved sports broadcaster.

1. Bob Gibson

There's only one name that could possibly be at the top of this list. Bob Gibson has more career bWAR (81.7) then the next two Cardinals pitchers combined. A pitcher for the ages, Gibson endured persistent racism and misuse under his manager during the early part of his career before finally breaking out in 1962. From then on, Gibson was consistently one of the top three pitchers in baseball. His legendary, MVP-winning 1968 season, where he set a live-ball era record with a 1.12 ERA, has gone down in history as one of the best of all-time. Gibson remained effective until 1973, a remarkable achievement in durability. He leads the Cardinals in all-time wins, complete games, shutouts and strikeouts. Gibson was inducted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1981.

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