#8 – OF Joe Medwick
Much like Joe Torre, Joe Medwick was a very consistent hitter for the Cardinals who also boasted one absolutely fantastic season. Between 1932 and 1940, Medwick managed an impressive .335/.372/.545 slash line while swatting 152 home runs, giving him a very respectable 142 wRC+. He was a seven time All-Star from 1934-1940, and he finished in the top ten of MVP voting four times in that stretch.
In 1937, however, Medwick flipped a switch. On the way to his only MVP award, Joe Medwick led the league in games played, at-bats, runs, RBIs, hits, home runs, doubles, batting average, slugging percentage, and total bases, posting a .374/.414/.641 line that looked almost Ruthian. In addition to his MVP award, Medwick took home the rare triple crown honors and his 180 wRC+ paced the entire league.
In addition to his impressive regular season performance, Medwick helped the Cardinals win the World Series in 1934, hitting .359/.400/.552 for the Redbirds when they needed him the most. Once again, steady consistency paired with an overwhelmingly impressive burst of production earns Joe Medwick a spot as one of the St. Louis Cardinals’ best hitters ever. Although his later achievements never quite matched his performance in St. Louis, he is certainly deserving of a spot here.
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