2. Ken Oberkfell
Ken Oberkfell is one of the most forgotten stars of the 80’s Cardinals. Nevertheless, Oberkfell was an important cog in the wheel of the early Whiteyball era of Cardinal baseball. Never spectacular, Oberkfell could be described as steady, solid, and reliable during his years playing third for the Cardinals.
Oberkfell, who originally came up as a second baseman, was moved to third in 1981 to make room for Tommy Herr at second. Third base was where he stayed until he was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 1984.
At third, he was no defensive slouch and was often overshadowed in the infield by Gold Glovers Ozzie Smith and Keith Hernandez. However, at third base, he led the National League twice in Fielding Percentage (’82 and ’83) and double plays turned once (’81).
Never a prolific batter, his performance at the plate was often overlooked because of the likes of Hernandez, Willie McGee, Lonnie Smith, and George Hendrick. However, he had an eight-year slash line .292/.364/.381, with an OPS+ of 107.
As a Cardinal, he never hit less than .269 and as the third baseman, he was always in the top five in fielding percentage. When Ken Oberkfell walked on the field, he could be counted on with his glove and his bat and that consistency puts him high on this list.