GREATEST CARDINAL TEAMS OF ALL TIME
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The World Champion Cardinals of 1926 featured the great Rogers Hornsby (who also managed the team that year) and a cast of talented supporting players. They went head-to-head with the powerful New York Yankees, pulling out a seven-game victory by throwing out Babe Ruth at second base in the ninth.
Anchored by Dizzy Dean’s astounding 30-win season and Joe Medwick’s 106 RBI’s, the 1934 Cardinals dominated the National League before conquering the Detroit Tigers in a thrilling seven-game World Series.
The powerhouse 1942 Cardinals won an astonishing 106 games, racing into the World Series and crushing the New York Yankees in the World Series. Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter led a potent offense, while Mort Cooper had a career year on the mound.
Led by the astonishing Bob Gibson, the 1968 Cardinals racked up 97 wins and tore into the World Series as the heavy favorites to repeat their championship from 1967. Sadly, they lost in seven games to the Detroit Tigers. Still, the team was amazing. Gibson won both the MVP and the Cy Young for his amazing 1.12 ERA and 268 strikeouts. The offense was anchored by Mike Shannon, Roger Maris, Curt Flood, and the speedy Lou Brock. One of the greatest teams of all time!
The Runnin’ Redbirds of 1985 left basepaths and the National League burning with their deft combination of blinding speed and athletic defense. Rookie Vince Coleman led an unstoppable offensive engine that featured career years from Tommy Herr and Willie McGee. Meanwhile, John Tudor and Joaquin Andujar won 20 games a piece while backed by a solid bullpen-by-committee. Relive the excitement of this magical team and its incredible, near-miss season!
The 2004 Cardinals were built on pure, intimidating power. Budding superstar Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, and Scott Rolen (known collectively as the MV3) bashed the National League, leading the Cardinals to 105 wins. They were joined by a crew of slugging supporting players including Reggie Sanders, Larry Walker, and Edgar Renteria. They steamrolled into the World Series before finally running into Boston’s momentum-fueled destiny. Relive the memories of one of the most powerful teams ever assembled at Busch Stadium!
The 2005 Cardinals repeated their dominance from the year before. Led by 2005 MVP Albert Pujols and Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter, the 2005 club pounded the National League all summer. They streaked into the playoffs, only to be subdued by a surging Houston Astros team. Still, 2005 remains a classic for the astonishing ninth inning homer Pujols hit off of Brad Lidge to (temporarily) save the Cardinals’ playoff hopes.