Cardinals Greatest teams: 1985
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In our second installment in the Cardinals greatest teams saga, we take a look back at another personal favorite of ours, the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals. 1985 was a great year for the Cardinals, in fact they were so close to getting their tenth World Series championship that year, thus an infamous blown call from Don Denkinger and a complete collapse in Game 7 of the World Series showed us that it was not in the stars that year, but all went well in the future as the Cardinals are now eleven time champions and have a great chance to make it twelve come next season. The 1985 Cardinals featured two Hall of Famers and two of STL Cardinal Baseball’s Cardinal legends and was without a doubt one of the most exciting teams in the history of the Cardinals. Now let’s take an inside look and focus on one of the greatest teams in Cardinals history, the speedy and efficient 1985 Cardinals:
Record: 101-61 (NL Champions)
Manager: Whitey Herzog (HOF)
Rotation: John Tudor(21-8, 1.93 ERA, 169 K’s), Joaquin Andujar(21-12, 3.40 ERA, 112 K’s), Danny Cox (18-9, 2.88 ERA, 131 K’s), Kurt Kepshire (10-9, 4.75 ERA, 67 K’s), Bob Forsch (9-6, 3.90 ERA, 48 K’s).
Bullpen: Ricky Horton (3-2, 2.91 ERA, 59 K’s), Ken Dayley (4-4, 2.76 ERA, 11 S,62 K’s, Bill Campell (5-3, 3.50 ERA, 41 K’s), Jeff Lahti(5-2, 1.84 ERA, 19 S, 41 K’s), Todd Worrell (3-0, 2.91 ERA, 17 K’s).
Catchers: Darrell Porter(.221 AVG, 10 HR, 36 RBI), Tom Nieto (.225 AVG, 0 HR, 34 RBI).
Infielders: Jack Clark (.281 AVG, 22 HR, 87 RBI), Tommy Herr (.302, 8 HR, 110 RBI, 31 SB), Ozzie Smith (HOF, .276 AVG, 6 HR, 54 RBI, 31 SB), Terry Pendleton (.240 AVG, 5 HR, 69 RBI, 17 SB).
Outfielders: Willie McGee(.353 AVG, 10 HR, 82 RBI, 56 SB), Vince Coleman (.267 AVG, 1 HR, 40 RBI, 110 SB), Andy Van Slyke (.259 AVG, 13 HR, 55 RBI,34 SB), Tito Landrum (.280 AVG, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 1 SB).
MVP: Willie McGee
Rookie of the year: Vince Coleman
Manager of the Year: Whitey Herzog
Gold Gloves: Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee
Silver Slugger: Willie McGee, Jack Clark
- Vince Coleman’s 110 stolen bases set a rookie record, that still stands today.
- John Tudor finished second in the NL Cy Young voting behind Dwight “Doc” Gooden.
- Two of the Cardinals on this team are in the Hall of Fame: Whitey Herzog and Ozzie Smith.
- Two of the Cardinals on this team are STL Cardinal Baseball Cardinal Legends here are the links to explore more on their great careers: Willie McGee and Bob Forsch.
- The Cardinals won the NL East with their 101 wins.
- The Cardinals won the NL Pennant after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. This series featured the infamous “Go Crazy folks, Go Crazy!” Call from Jack Buck after an Ozzie Smith walk off home run. Many consider that moment to be the greatest in the history of Busch Stadium II.
- The Cardinals fell just short of winning the World Series after the infamous blown call in Game 6, led to a Game 7 collapse. The Cardinals lost to their cross state rivals the Kansas City Royals, this was the only Royals World Series Championship.
- Vince Coleman led the majors in stolen bases as a rookie.