Introducing a brand new segment where I will make a top ten list for different Cardinals related categories. This franchise is full of history, passion, and memories which will make it easy for me to make these lists. My goal in this is to educate the fan base on some players they may not be familiar with as well as bringing up some faces from the past. I hope you enjoy the first of hopefully many more of these to come! Here are my Top ten Cardinals catchers.

10.  Jimmie Wilson

Jimmie “Ace” Wilson started out his baseball career in 1923 with the Phillies and began his Cardinals career when he was traded mid-season in 1928. He was a dual-sport player, playing professional soccer from 1919-1923 playing for Philadelphia area teams. Wilson would go on to play five more seasons with the Cardinals where he was a part of the 1931 World Championship team . He is one of the more lesser known people on this list and though his numbers were not spectacular he deserves a spot on the top ten list. In parts of six seasons with the Cardinals Wilson compiled a respectable .281/.339/.373 line with ten homers and 303 RBI as well as 41 stolen bases, 131 doubles, 273 runs scored, and 616 hits.  In his best season as the backstop for the 1931 World Champions he finished sixth in the MVP voting. He also went on to be an All Star with the Cardinals in his final season with the Red Birds back in 1933.  Defensively Wilson had a .977 career fielding percentage behind the plate with a very nice 48% CS percentage. He also led the league in games caught twice both with the Cardinals in 1928 and 1929. Wilson went on to manage the Phillies as a player manager from 1934-1938 and became the Cubs manager from 1941-1944.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jana.degoniasiminolause Jana Lause

    You are totally right about Ted Simmons! I am ashamed of the Cardinals organization for not supporting him by retiring his number on the outfield wall. He shouldn’t have to be in the HOF to be recognized with this honor by the team he played so well for!

    • Bill Naughton

      You are 100% correct. Ted Simmons was an inspirational leader, a great hitter and a tremendously undervalued defensive backstop. He was a true workhorse as a player, playing every day year in and year out during a “down trending” period in Cardinal history. He was one of the best catchers of his era, and, were it not for Johnny Bench, would have been remembered as suc and in the HOF. His “23” should be on the Busch Stadium outfield wall for sure!