Cardinal Madness! Match-ups 9 and 10


 

In today’s match-ups, we will see the 2 seed 1944 team against the 31 seed 1947 team. It will be interesting to see the roster composition as, unlike today’s game, there wasn’t a lot of team swapping back in the 40s. The second pairing is the 15 seed 1928 team against the 18 seed 1987 team. Remember that you can vote on all match-ups until the end of this week and round two will start on Monday. Details for today’s match-ups will follow after the jump.

1944

The 1944 Cardinals led the league in 105 games and beat the St Louis Browns in six games in the World Series. Shortstop Marty Marion won the MVP, marking the third year in a row that a Cardinal won the award following Mort Cooper and Stan Musial. Marion was also the first shortstop to ever win the award. Surprisingly from a team so good from top to bottom, Stan Musial was the only future Hall of Famer.

1947

The 1947 Cardinals won 89 games and took second place in the National League. What a difference three years makes. The Cardinals went from a juggernaut top to bottom lineup to a lineup anchored by the 2-5 hitters. There were no award winners on this team, but Stan Musial, Joe “Ducky” Medwick, Red Schoendienst, and Enos “Country” Slaughter went to become Hall of Fame players.

Tale of the Tape

1944
1947
Batting Order
Batting Order

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Johnny Hopp CF 106 11 72 0.336 0.903 150
1 Red Schoendienst 2B 91 3 48 0.253 0.636 66
2 Ray Sanders 1B 87 12 102 0.295 0.812 125
2 Ron Northey RF 52 15 63 0.293 0.908 135
3 Stan Musial RF 112 12 94 0.347 0.990 174
3 Stan Musial 1B 113 19 95 0.312 0.902 134
4 Walker Cooper C 56 13 72 0.317 0.855 136
4 Whitey Kurowski 3B 108 27 104 0.310 0.964 150
5 Whitey Kurowski 3B 95 20 87 0.270 0.790 118
5 Enos Slaughter LF 100 10 86 0.294 0.818 113
6 Danny Litwhiler LF 53 15 82 0.264 0.755 109
6 Terry Moore CF 61 7 45 0.283 0.708 85
7 Marty Marion SS 50 6 63 0.267 0.686 90
7 Marty Marion SS 57 4 74 0.272 0.686 79
8 Emil Verban 2B 51 0 43 0.257 0.580 62
8 Del Rice C 28 12 44 0.218 0.722 87
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Bench
Bench

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Ken O’Dea C 35 6 37 0.249 0.717 99
1 Joe Garagiola C 20 5 25 0.257 0.814 113
2 Augie Bergame OF 35 2 19 0.286 0.779 117
2 Dick Sisler IF 4 0 9 0.203 0.491 28
3 George Fallon IF 16 1 9 0.199 0.547 53
3 Erv Dusak OF 56 6 28 0.284 0.756 98
4 Debs Garms IF 17 0 5 0.201 0.487 36
4 Joe Medwick OF 19 4 28 0.307 0.840 118
5 Pepper Martin OF 15 2 4 0.279 0.781 118
5 Chuck Diering OF 22 2 11 0.216 0.748 96



















Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
1 Mort Cooper 252.1 22 7 2.46 97 60 145
1 Murry Dickson 231.2 13 16 3.07 111 88 134
2 Max Lanier 224.1 17 12 2.65 141 71 135
2 Red Munger 224.1 16 5 3.37 123 76 122
3 Ted Wilks 207.2 17 4 2.64 70 49 135
3 Harry Brecheen 223.1 16 11 3.30 89 66 125
4 Harry Brecheen 189.1 16 5 2.85 88 46 126
4 Howie Pollet 176.1 9 11 4.34 73 87 95
5 Red Munger 121.0 11 3 1.34 55 41 268
5 Jim Hearn 162.0 12 7 3.22 57 63 128



















Bullpen
Bullpen
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
CP Freddy Schmidt 114.1 7 3 3.15 58 58 114
CP Ted Wilks 50.1 4 0 5.01 28 11 83
RP Al Jurisch 130.0 7 9 3.39 53 65 106
RP Al Brazle 168.0 14 8 2.84 85 48 145
RP Bix Donnelly 76.1 2 1 2.12 45 34 169
RP Ken Burkhart 95.0 3 6 5.21 44 23 79
RP Bud Byerly 42.1 2 2 3.40 13 20 106
RP Gerry Staley 29.1 1 0 2.76 14 8 151
RP Harry Gumbert 61.1 4 2 2.49 16 19 144
RP Johnny Grodzicki 23.1 0 1 5.40 8 19 77

Who's your pick?

  • 1944 (57%, 4 Votes)
  • 1947 (43%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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1928

The 1928 Cardinals led the league with 95 wins but were swept by the Yankees int he World Series. “Sunny Jim” Bottomley won the league’s MVP award and went on to become a Hall of Famer. Joining Bottomley in the Hall of Fame were Pete “Grover Cleveland” Alexander, Frankie Frisch, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, and Rabbit Maranville.

1987

The 1987 Cardinals won the National League East with 95 wins. They defeated the Giants in the NLCS before losing to the Twins in seven games in the World Series. It would be their last World Series appearance until 2004. Infielders Ozzie Smith and Terry Pendleton won Gold Gloves and Smith and Jack Clark won Silver Slugger awards. The team featured a future Hall of Famer in Ozzie Smith and fan favorites Vince Coleman, Willie McGee, and “The Secret Weapon” Jose Oquendo who went on to become the Cardinals third base coach.

Tale of the Tape

1928
1987
Batting Order
Batting Order

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Taylor Douthit CF 111 3 43 0.295 0.756 96
1 Vince Coleman LF 121 3 43 0.289 0.721 91
2 Andy High 3B 58 6 37 0.285 0.744 92
2 Ozzie Smith SS 104 0 75 0.303 0.775 105
3 Frankie Frisch 2B 107 10 86 0.300 0.815 110
3 Tommy Herr 2B 73 2 83 0.263 0.677 80
4 Jim Bottomley 1B 123 31 136 0.325 1.030 162
4 Jack Clark 1B 93 35 106 0.286 1.055 176
5 Chick Hafey LF 101 27 111 0.337 0.990 152
5 Willie McGee CF 76 11 105 0.285 0.746 94
6 George Harper RF 41 17 58 0.305 0.955 145
6 Terry Pendleton 3B 82 12 96 0.286 0.772 103
7 Jimmie Wilson C 45 2 50 0.258 0.678 75
7 Curt Ford RF 32 3 26 0.285 0.733 92
8 Rabbit Maranviille SS 40 1 34 0.240 0.652 68
8 Tony Pena C 40 5 44 0.281 0.589 55
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Bench
Bench

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Bob O’Farrell C 6 0 4 0.212 0.600 58
1 Steve Lake C 19 2 19 0.251 0.636 67
2 Wattie Holm IF 61 3 47 0.277 0.728 87
2 Jose Oquendo IF 43 1 24 0.286 0.743 99
3 Tommy Thevenow IF 11 0 13 0.205 0.575 49
3 Dan Driessen IF 5 1 11 0.233 0.625 65
4 Wally Roettger OF 27 6 44 0.341 0.878 125
4 Jim Lindeman OF 20 8 28 0.208 0.640 66
5 Ray Blades OF 9 1 19 0.235 0.769 99
5 John Morris OF 22 3 23 0.261 0.721 88



















Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
1 Bill Sherdel 248.2 21 10 2.86 72 56 143
1 Danny Cox 199.1 11 9 3.88 101 71 108
2 Pete Alexander 243.2 16 9 3.36 59 37 121
2 Greg Matthews 197.2 11 11 3.73 108 71 112
3 Jesse Haines 240.1 20 8 3.18 77 72 128
3 Bob Forsch 179.0 11 7 4.32 89 45 97
4 Flint Rhem 169.2 11 8 4.14 47 71 99
4 Joe Magrane 170.1 9 7 3.54 101 60 118
5 Clarence Mitchell 150.0 8 9 3.30 31 38 124
5 John Tudor 96.0 10 2 3.84 54 32 109



















Bullpen
Bullpen
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
CP Hal Haid 47.0 2 2 2.30 21 11 179
CP Todd Worrell 94.2 8 6 2.66 92 34 157
RP Syl Johnson 120.0 8 4 3.90 66 33 105
RP Ricky Horton 125.0 8 3 3.82 55 42 110
RP Fred Frankhouse 84.0 3 2 3.96 29 36 103
RP Bill Dawley 96.2 5 8 4.47 65 38 94
RP Art Reinhart 75.1 4 6 2.87 12 27 143
RP Pat Perry 65.2 4 2 4.39 33 21 96
RP Carlisle Littlejohn 32.0 2 1 3.66 6 14 113
RP Ken Dayley 61.0 9 5 2.66 63 33 158

Who's your pick?

  • 1987 (71%, 5 Votes)
  • 1928 (29%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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