Cardinals March Madness Match-up #1 – (1) 1942 vs (32) 2001


It’s day one of St. Louis Cardinals March Madness. Over the next few weeks, we will be conducting polls to determine who the Cardinals community feels is the greatest squad of all-time. Today’s matchup pits the World Series champion 1942 squad against a 2001 team that tied Houston with the National League’s best record, but lost to the eventual World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks. Team details after the jump.


The 1942 Cardinals finished the season with a league-best 106 wins and 48 losses and defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series in 5 games. The team featured league MVP Mort Cooper and two future Hall of Famers in left fielder Stan Musial and right fielder Enos Slaughter. The outfield trio of Musial, Slaughter, and Terry Moore is considered one of the best outfields of all-time. The team featured the league’s fourth best offense and number one pitching staff. This unit was managed by Billy Southworth


The 2001 St Louis Cardinals finished the season tied with a National League best record of 93-69. They were seeded as the Wild Card due to the Houston Astros having a better head to head record. In the divisional round, the squad lost to the eventual World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks 3 games to 2. This team featured Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up Albert Pujols. Pujols made the squad after a red-hot spring training thanks to an injury to Bobby Bonilla. The team also featured Gold Glove winners Fernando Vina and Albert Pujols. This team was managed by Tony LaRussa.

Tale of the Tape

Batting Order
Batting Order


1Jimmy Brown2B751710.2560.63580
1Fernando Vina2B959560.3030.775100
2Terry MooreCF806490.2880.754114
2Placido Polanco3B873380.3070.72588
3Enos SlaughterRF10013980.3180.906156
3JD DrewRF8027730.3231.027161
4Stan MusialLF8710720.3150.888151
4Albert PujolsLF112371300.3291.013157
5Walker CooperC587650.2810.761115
5Jim EdmondsCF95301100.3040.974149
6Johnny Hopp1B413370.2580.716103
6Mark McGwire1B4829640.1870.808105
7Whitey Kurowski3B519420.2540.717103
7Edgar RenteriaSS5410570.260.68577
8Marty MarionSS660540.2760.718103
8Mike MathenyC407420.2180.58151




1Ken O’DeaC225320.2340.65685
1Eli MarreroC376230.2660.75192
2Creepy CrespiIF330350.2430.5865
2Craig PaquetteIF4715640.2820.791102
3Ray Sanders1B375390.2520.73107
3Bobby BonillaIF175210.2130.64768
4Harry WalkerOF380160.3140.753113
4Ray LankfordOF3815390.2350.841114
5Coaker TriplettOF181230.2730.735108
5Kerry RobinsonOF341150.2850.67475

Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation
1Mort Cooper278.22271.7815268194
1Darryl Kile227.116113.0917965140
2Johnny Beazley215.12162.139173162
2Matt Morris216.12283.1618554137
3Max Lanier1611382.969360117
3Dustin Hermanson192.114134.451237397
4Ernie White128.1752.526741137
4Bud Smith84.2633.835924113
5Harry Gumbert163953.265259106
5Woody Williams75712.285219190

CPHowie Krist118.11332.514743138
CPDave Veres65.2323.76128117
RPMurry Dickson120.2632.916661119
RPMike Matthews89343.257233134
RPHowie Pollet109.1752.884239120
RPSteve Kline75331.85429241
RPLon Warneke76643.293115105
RPMike Timlin72.2454.094719106

RPGene Stechschulte70153.865130113

RPAndy Benes107.1777.38786159

So the question for you, loyal readers, is simple: Who ya got?

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