The St. Louis Cardinals’ 50 greatest players

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#40 Chick Hafey OF

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his was a tough one, Hafey only finished his career as a Cardinal with a 23.4 fWAR. What is impressive about Hafey is that he posted those numbers in just six seasons.

Chick Hafey played from 1924-1931 with the Cardinals and while he posted unimpressive numbers in this first three years posting a fWAR of just 0.1. He was really good for the next six years of his career.

Hafey wound up hitting .326/.379/.568 with 136 wRC+. What sets Hafey apart from some of those before him is his isolated power numbers. Hafey in his nine seasons posted an ISO of .242, much better than any of those before him. This ISO number put him above all on this list, with exception to Mize, McGwire and Edmonds.

While he doesn’t have the base running numbers of some of the best, Hafey did post a respectable number of 7.9 base running runs above average. That number is better than many on this list.

All of these numbers combined makes Hafey one of the best in Cardinals’ history.

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