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On a day designed for lingering, honoring and enjoying, the Cardinals and their fans bid farewell to their downtown St. Louis home.

busch_stadium2Ten years ago, on Oct. 2, 2005, the Cardinals played their final regular-season game at Busch Stadium II.

Six months before they would begin play in a new downtown ballpark, the Cardinals rallied to beat the Reds, 7-5, in a game that took 3 hours and 11 minutes to complete before a crowd of 50,434.

After the game, the Cardinals conducted a two-hour ceremony that honored the players and personnel who had been a special part of Cardinals baseball at Busch Stadium II from 1966 to 2005.

Though the Cardinals would play five 2005 postseason games at Busch Stadium II _ two against the Padres in the National League Division Series and three versus the Astros in the NL Championship Series _ the regular-season finale provided the opportunity for the Cardinals and their fans to have what St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz described as the “world’s largest group hug.”

Hard win

Early on, it appeared the Reds might put a damper on the day. In the third inning, Felipe Lopez, Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns hit consecutive home runs off starter Matt Morris and the Reds had a 5-1 lead.

“It wasn’t the start I would have pictured, the storybook ending type of deal,” Morris told the Post-Dispatch.

The Cardinals rallied against starter Brandon Claussen, scoring three in the fourth and two in the fifth for a 6-5 lead.

Several players contributed to the comeback win. Mark Grudzielanek had three hits, a RBI and scored a run. Reggie Sanders, Yadier Molina and Abraham Nunez each had two hits, a RBI and a run scored.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa used nine pitchers. Brad Thompson earned the win with an inning of shutout relief. Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless ninth for the save, giving the Cardinals their 100th win of the season.

The Cardinals left 12 runners on base; the Reds stranded 11.

“This was a really hard, hard game,” said La Russa. “Nothing was easy.” Boxscore

Redbird reunion

In the ceremony that followed, former players, coaches and managers were introduced by decade, starting with the 1960s.

Among those appearing on the field were present and future Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith and Bruce Sutter.

Stan Musial sent word that he wasn’t feeling well and was unable to attend.

Others receiving big ovations when introduced included Jack Clark, Vince Coleman, Keith Hernandez, Tommy Herr, George Kissell, Willie McGee, Mark McGwire, Mike Shannon and Ted Simmons.

Shannon had thrown the ceremonial first pitch to Schoendienst.

“This is the place that gave birth to me and the chance to be the player I was,” Coleman said to MLB.com.

Said McGee: “This is home for a lot of us.”

Tributes were made to the deceased who had played prominent roles at Busch Stadium II. They included Ken Boyer, Nellie Briles, Jack Buck, Curt Flood, Joe Hoerner, Darryl Kile, Roger Maris and Darrell Porter.

The stadium remained filled with spectators as afternoon turned into early evening.

“To have all of those people stay here the entire time, it was amazing,” La Russa told Miklasz. “That’s the No. 1 memory I’ll have from this day, the way everyone stayed and applauded and appreciated every moment.”

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Needing to win one of three games against the Mets to block them from taking a share of first place in the National League East, the Cardinals finally achieved the goal in the finale of an intense October series at St. Louis.

jeff_lahtiThirty years ago, on Oct. 1, 1985, the Mets trailed the first-place Cardinals by three games entering a weeknight series at Busch Stadium II.

With the tension building after Mets wins in each of the first two games, the Cardinals got a one-run victory and held on to first place alone. Two days later, on Oct. 5, they clinched the division title with a win against the Cubs.

Here is a look at that critical Mets-Cardinals series:

Game 1

The Oct. 1 game was scoreless through 10 innings. John Tudor, the Cardinals’ starter, pitched 10 shutout innings. Mets starter Ron Darling went nine innings and Jesse Orosco pitched the 10th.

In the 11th, Ken Dayley relieved Tudor and struck out the first two batters, Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter.

Darryl Strawberry batted next.

With the count 1-and-1, Dayley delivered a breaking pitch. Strawberry hit a towering drive that slammed into the scoreboard clock for a home run.

“He hit a curveball _ a hanging curveball,” Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog told Larry Harnly of The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill. Video

In the Cardinals’ half of the 11th, Orosco struck out Willie McGee. The next batter, Tommy Herr, lofted a fly ball to shallow center. Mookie Wilson got a late jump and attempted a basket catch, but dropped the ball for a two-base error.

Brian Harper, pinch-hitting for Darrell Porter, grounded out to second, advancing Herr to third with two outs.

Orosco ended the drama by getting Ivan De Jesus, pinch-hitting for Andy Van Slyke, to fly out to Wilson, giving the Mets a 1-0 victory.

“Tell me,” Mets manager Davey Johnson asked reporters in discussing the Strawberry home run, “is the clock still working?” Boxscore

Game 2

The pressure still was on the Mets, who trailed the Cardinals by two with five games remaining on Oct. 2.

The Mets responded to the challenge.

Starter Dwight Gooden went the distance. He allowed nine hits and issued four walks, but he struck out 10 and the Cardinals stranded 10.

The Mets scored five runs off Cardinals starter Joaquin Andujar and won, 5-2, slicing the St. Louis lead to one with four games to play.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Cardinals nearly rallied. Trailing 5-1, they scored a run and loaded the bases with two outs against Gooden.

“I knew he was tired and I knew it was draining him,” Johnson told reporters. “At the same time, I thought Gooden was our best bet. He bends a little, but he doesn’t break.”

The move nearly backfired.

Herr laced a line drive that was caught by second baseman Wally Backman, ending the game. Video

“When Herr first hit the ball, I thought it was going to be over Wally’s head,” Gooden said. “It was panic time.” Boxscore

Game 3

After the Mets won Game 2 of the series, Davey Johnson said, “We’ve done what we had to do so far. We’ve got two-thirds of the job done. The pressure is on them now.”

If the Mets won the Oct. 3 series finale, completing the sweep, they’d be tied with the Cardinals and would have the momentum.

Instead, the Cardinals won, 4-3. Vince Coleman was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Ozzie Smith contributed two hits, two runs and a RBI. Starter Danny Cox held the Mets to two runs in six innings and the bullpen, especially Ricky Horton and Jeff Lahti, preserved the lead.

Horton retired the last two batters of the eighth and the first two batters of the ninth before Hernandez singled, representing the tying run. It was Hernandez’s fifth hit of the game.

“He broke his bat on the hit,” Horton told Harnly. “It was a fastball down and in. He makes a living on hitting good pitches.”

Lahti relieved and faced Carter. “We figured Carter might be looking for a slider,” Lahti said. “I asked (catcher) Darrell Porter what he wanted and he wanted a fastball. I go along with his suggestions.”

Lahti’s first pitch was a fastball away. Carter swung and drove a fly ball to right. Said Lahti: “When Carter hit it, I was screaming, ‘Catch it. Catch it.’ He’s beaten me to right field before.”

The ball carried to Van Slyke, who made the catch, ending the game and giving the first-place Cardinals a two-game lead with three to play. Boxscore

Said Herr of the Mets to the San Diego Union-Tribune: “They’re like the bowler who needed three strikes in the 10th (frame) to win. They got the first two, but they left the 10-pin standing on the third.”

On Oct. 4, the Cardinals beat the Cubs (Bob Forsch over Dennis Eckersley) and the Mets defeated the Expos, leaving St. Louis two ahead with two to play.

The Cardinals clinched on Oct. 5, beating the Cubs Boxscore while the Mets lost to the Expos.

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Bob Gibson capped one of his best seasons as a hitter by slugging a grand slam against a fellow future Hall of Famer.

gaylord_perryFifty years ago, on Sept. 29, 1965, Gibson hit his first career grand slam. It came against Gaylord Perry at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, lifting the Cardinals to a victory that severely damaged the National League pennant hopes of the Giants.

The home run was the fifth of the season for Gibson, who batted .240 with 19 RBI in 1965. The year before, when the Cardinals won the pennant and World Series crown, Gibson had batted .156 with no home runs.

In his book “Stranger to the Game,” Gibson said, “I was pleased that my stroke had returned after an off year in 1964.”

During his Cardinals career, Gibson hit 26 home runs _ 24 in the regular reason and two in the World Series. Each came against a different pitcher. Perry was the only one who, like Gibson, would be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Doing it all

The Giants entered their Wednesday afternoon game against the Cardinals in second place, a game behind the Dodgers, with five remaining.

It was their misfortune to be matched against Gibson. He dominated the Giants for eight innings that day with his pitching and hitting.

Gibson singled twice and scored the Cardinals’ first two runs.

In the eighth, with the Cardinals ahead, 4-0, runners on second and third and one out, Perry relieved starter Bob Shaw.

With Gibson on deck, Giants manager Herman Franks instructed Perry to issue an intentional walk to Bob Skinner, pinch-hitting for Julian Javier.

Perry, 27, hadn’t yet mastered the spitball that would transform him into an ace. He would yield a team-high 105 runs with the 1965 Giants, posting an 8-12 record and 4.19 ERA.

The first pitch from Perry to Gibson was a strike. The next was a high slider. Gibson lined it over the fence in left-center, giving the Cardinals an 8-0 lead.

“I’m not going to find fault with my pitchers at this late stage,” Franks said to the Associated Press. “Maybe they haven’t been going so well lately, but they’ve been good all year. I’ve got no complaints.”

Unhappy exit

Gibson took a two-hit shutout into the ninth.

Seeing their pennant chances slipping away, the Giants rallied. They scored five runs off Gibson on three singles, a walk and Jim Davenport’s three-run home run.

With one out and the bases empty, rookie pinch-hitter Bob Schroder was sent by Franks to face Gibson. The first pitch to the left-handed batter was a ball.

Cardinals manager Red Schoendienst decided to make a pitching change, bringing in left-hander Curt Simmons. Gibson was “seething” as he walked off the mound, the Oakland Tribune reported.

Simmons retired the first batter he faced, Bob Barton, who had replaced Schroder, for the second out of the inning.

The Giants, though, weren’t done. Cap Peterson reached second on an error by shortstop Dick Groat and scored on Jesus Alou’s single, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to 8-6.

That brought Willie Mays to the plate, representing the potential tying run.

High drama

Schoendienst removed Simmons and brought in the closer, Hal Woodeshick, a left-hander. Schoendienst told him to throw only fastballs at Mays’ fists. Explained Gibson: “He’d murder the ball if he could straighten his arms.”

Mays turned on one of the inside deliveries and pulled a single off the glove of third baseman Ken Boyer.

With Alou on second and Mays on first, slugger Willie McCovey was up next. A double likely would bring home both runners, tying the score. A home run would give the Giants a victory after being eight runs down entering the ninth.

The tension built with each pitch. McCovey slashed one long, but foul.

With the count 3-and-2, Woodeshick threw a curve. It broke down and away from the left-handed batter.

“The pitch was bad,” said Woodeshick. “I thought it was ball four.”

Said McCovey: “Everybody in the park could see it was a ball. I knew it, too _ too late.”

McCovey swung and missed.

“When you’re tensed up and excited like those guys are, that kind of thing happens,” Woodeshick said.

The Giants’ loss combined with a Dodgers victory over the Reds dropped San Francisco two behind with four to play. The Dodgers would go on to win the pennant. Boxscore

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As a Cardinals rookie who had been in the major leagues for less than a month, Bernard Gilkey prevented perfection by delivering a nearly flawless performance of his own against the Phillies.

bernard_gilkey2Twenty-five years ago, on Sept. 25, 1990, at Philadelphia, Gilkey led the Cardinals to an unlikely 1-0 triumph.

Playing on the day after his 24th birthday, Gilkey tripled to lead off the first inning and doubled with two outs in the ninth. In between those two hits, Phillies starter Terry Mulholland retired 26 Cardinals in a row.

“That was as close to being perfect as anyone can be without being perfect,” Phillies manager Nick Leyva said to Calkins Newspapers.

Said Cardinals manager Joe Torre to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “You can’t pitch any better than that.”

Game of inches

Gilkey, a St. Louis native, had made his big-league debut with the Cardinals on Sept. 4, 1990, in his hometown against the Mets. With Class AAA Louisville in 1990, Gilkey had hit .295 with 147 hits in 132 games and 45 stolen bases.

He struggled early after his call-up to the Cardinals, hitting .212 entering the game against Mulholland and the Phillies.

Playing left field and batting in the leadoff spot, Gilkey opened the game by drilling a 2-and-2 pitch from Mulholland toward the right side of the second base bag. The second baseman, Randy Ready, dived to his right.

“The second baseman came within a whisker of catching the ball,” Torre told the Post-Dispatch.

The ball eluded Ready, skidding across the artificial turf and into the outfield. Center fielder Sil Campusano had shaded Gilkey to hit toward left field. The ball took a path into the gap between Campusano and right fielder Dale Murphy, rolling to the wall.

Gilkey raced to third with a triple.

“If (Gilkey) hits the ball two inches the other way, Randy Ready probably gets it,” Leyva said to the Philadelphia Daily News.

The next batter, Geronimo Pena, lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Gilkey.

Terrific throw

After stinging the Phillies with his speed and hitting, Gilkey hurt them with his throwing.

In the bottom half of the first, Campusano was on second base when Murphy hit a single to left field. Gilkey fielded the ball and fired a strike to catcher Ray Stephens, whose sweep tag nailed Campusano before he could reach home plate.

“I have a pretty good arm and I charge the ball well,” Gilkey said to the Associated Press. “I figured I had a shot at him.”

Special pitching

Relying on a mix of sliders, sinkers and fastballs, Mulholland retired the Cardinals in order until Gilkey hit a double to right-center with two outs in the ninth.

“We only hit two balls hard,” said Torre.

The Phillies, though, couldn’t produce a run off starter Joe Magrane and relievers Mike Perez and Ken Dayley.

Magrane scattered eight hits over seven innings before he tired.

“Mulholland was cruising along so easily I didn’t have a chance to even get a drink of water,” Magrane said to the Post-Dispatch.

Perez and Dayley each worked an inning and each yielded a hit.

The Phillies had 10 hits and two walks, but stranded 11 base runners.

Several Phillies said Mulholland pitched better that night against the Cardinals than he had a month earlier, on Aug. 15, 1990, when he had a no-hitter versus the Giants.

“I pitched well enough to lose,” Mulholland said. “Gilkey hit the ball where we didn’t have anybody.”

Said Gilkey: “Mulholland is a real good pitcher. He spots the ball well and is always around the plate. I know I have to be ready, so I’m up there to hack.” Boxscore

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With complete-game wins in his first three big-league starts, Larry Jaster transformed from a perceived disappointment to a promising starter for the Cardinals.

larry_jaster2Fifty years ago, in September 1965, Jaster was called up to the Cardinals from Class AA Tulsa. The defending World Series champions were out of pennant contention and assessing how to reshape the roster for 1966.

Jaster, a left-hander, impressed the Cardinals and their opponents by showing command of his pitches, stamina, adaptability and the know-how to win.

Jaster, 21, had progressed significantly from spring training, when the Cardinals questioned his commitment to becoming a complete pitcher.

Bonus baby

In 1962, Jaster was a high school senior in Midland, Mich., with a reputation as a talented baseball pitcher and football quarterback. The Tigers were keen on signing him to a professional baseball contract. Duffy Daugherty, football coach at Michigan State, wanted Jaster for his program.

The Cardinals, on the recommendation of scout Mo Mozzali, made the best financial offer: a $50,000 signing bonus. Jaster accepted.

Jaster was underwhelming in his first three seasons in the Cardinals’ system, though he did reach the Class AAA level with Jacksonville in 1964.

At spring training in 1965, Jaster arrived 10 pounds overweight and didn’t pitch effectively enough. When the Cardinals reassigned him to the minor-league camp, Jaster was told by farm director Chief Bender to report to Class AA Tulsa rather than Class AAA Jacksonville.

Jaster objected angrily. “We really had it out,” Bender said to The Sporting News.

According to Bender, the argument included this exchange:

Jaster: “I might as well quit. Give me my release.”

Bender: “Give us back that big bonus and you can have your release.”

After conferring with his wife, Jaster reported to Tulsa. He started poorly, though, and his future with the Cardinals appeared shaky.

Career changer

Desperate to reverse his career spiral, Jaster accepted the guidance of Tulsa manager Vern Rapp and pitching coach Billy Muffett.

“I was told to concentrate on getting the off-speed pitches over the plate and I even surprised myself,” said Jaster, who developed consistent command of a curve and change-up.

When Bender visited Jaster at Tulsa in June 1965, “Larry admitted to me then that being sent to Tulsa was the best thing that ever happened to him,” the farm director said.

Jaster struck out 219 in 210 innings with Tulsa, earning 11 wins and posting a 3.09 ERA. That got him a September look from the Cardinals.

September sensation

On Sept. 17, 1965, Jaster made his big-league debut, pitching an inning of shutout relief for the Cardinals against the Dodgers at St. Louis. Boxscore

Five days later, on Sept. 22, manager Red Schoendienst started Jaster against the Astros in the Cardinals’ 1965 home finale. Jaster responded by pitching a complete-game four-hitter for his first big-league win in a 4-1 Cardinals victory. Boxscore

The Cardinals then embarked on a season-ending road trip to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston.

Pennant pressure

Jaster’s next start came on Sept. 28 against the Giants at Candlestick Park. The Giants and Dodgers entered the day tied for first place in the National League at 92-64, with six games remaining.

Admitting he was nervous to be starting a game with pennant implications, Jaster struck out the first two batters he faced, Jim Davenport and Willie McCovey, and that “helped my confidence,” he told the Associated Press.

Though he wasn’t as sharp as he was in his first start _ Jaster told the Oakland Tribune he was having trouble that night with his curve and change-up _ the rookie frustrated the Giants.

Jaster yielded 10 hits and walked two, but the Giants stranded 11 and the Cardinals prevailed, 9-1, on a complete-game win from the left-hander. Jaster also contributed a two-run single off reliever Dick Estelle, scoring Julian Javier and Tim McCarver.

Praise from Mays

The Giants’ run came on a home run by Willie Mays, his 51st of the season. It was a 410-foot blast to straightaway center field. It barely eluded a leaping Curt Flood, who got a hand on the ball as it sailed over the fence.

Jaster described the pitch hit by Mays as “a high fastball that I got too far over the plate.”

In the ninth, the Giants had two runners on base with two outs and Mays at the plate. Jaster retired Mays on a pop out to third baseman Ken Boyer.

“He’s going to be a good pitcher,” Mays said of Jaster. “He throws strikes and isn’t afraid to get the ball over.”

Said McCarver: “Larry wasn’t hitting the spots like he will, but that good, sneaky fastball was right where he wanted it.” Boxscore

The loss dropped the Giants a game behind the Dodgers, who beat the Reds, 2-1, in 12 innings that day. The Dodgers went on to clinch the pennant, finishing two games ahead of the Giants.

Good command

In his final start, on Oct. 2, in the Cardinals’ penultimate game of 1965, Jaster pitched a complete-game seven-hitter versus the Astros in a 6-3 St. Louis triumph. Houston led, 3-0, after three, but Jaster shut out the Astros over the final six innings. Boxscore

“I used to be a thrower,” said Jaster. “Now I can get the ball where I want it.”

Said Schoendienst: “He’s not overpowering, but he has a pretty good fastball and curve. Most important, he throws strikes. Any time you throw strikes, you have a chance.”

Jaster finished 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA for the 1965 Cardinals.

With the 1966 Cardinals, Jaster had his best season, posting an 11-5 record and 3.26 ERA, including five shutouts against the NL champion Dodgers.

In four years with the Cardinals, Jaster was 32-25 with a 3.17 ERA. He departed the Cardinals when chosen by the Expos in the expansion draft after the 1968 season.

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Rogers Hornsby was a 19-year-old scrawny shortstop from Texas when he was promoted from the lowest levels of the minor leagues to the Cardinals 100 years ago.

rogers_hornsby5Spurned by his teammates and intimidated by big-league cities, Hornsby seemed more outcast and misfit than elite prospect when he left the Class D Denison Railroaders of the Western Association and joined the Cardinals in Cincinnati on Sept. 3, 1915.

At 135 pounds, Hornsby appeared ill-equipped to handle power pitching in the big leagues. Cardinals manager Miller Huggins feared the rookie lacked the strength to generate enough bat speed.

Thus began the Cardinals career of the player who would develop into one of the all-time best hitters in the game.

Big break

Determined to become a professional ballplayer, Hornsby quit high school in Fort Worth and landed a spot with a minor-league club in Hugo, Okla. When the franchise folded, his contract was sold to the team in Denison, Texas.

During spring training in 1915, a Cardinals “B squad” club of prospects and reserves played an exhibition game against the Denison team.

In the book, “My War With Baseball,” Hornsby said, “It was my big break.”

Hornsby impressed Cardinals scout Bob Connery, who tracked the shortstop throughout the season.

The 1915 Cardinals were strapped for cash, especially after fighting the upstart Federal League’s efforts to woo players, and tended to seek inexpensive prospects from low-rung outposts rather than compete financially for top talent from the highest levels of the minor leagues.

Connery recommended Hornsby to the Cardinals. In August 1915, Roy Finley, president of the Denison team, agreed to sell Hornsby’s contract to the Cardinals for $600.

“They told me to meet the Cardinals in Cincinnati (where the club was playing the Reds on Sept. 3),” Hornsby said. “I had never been north before, let alone a big city like Cincinnati.”

Toughen up

When Hornsby arrived, he was a stranger to a team whose veterans saw him as a threat to take someone’s job.

“You didn’t have a bunch of coaches helping the rookies,” Hornsby said. “You had to scratch for everything you got. The veterans on the teams were so jealous of their jobs that most of them wouldn’t give you the time of day.”

In his first week with the Cardinals, Hornsby watched the games from the bench. He looked forward to batting practice, but sometimes was blocked by the veterans. When the club was in St. Louis, Connery was there and he pitched to Hornsby after games.

On Sept. 10, 1915, the Cardinals were playing the Reds at Robison Field in St. Louis. With the Reds ahead, 7-0, in the sixth, manager Miller Huggins sent Hornsby into the game to replace shortstop Art Butler.

Hornsby went 0-for-2 against King Lear, who pitched a three-hitter in the Reds’ 7-1 victory. Boxscore

Huggins approached Hornsby after the game and said, “They throw a lot harder in the majors than Class D and you don’t have the strength to get the bat around. Try choking up on the bat.”

Fitting in

Hornsby followed his manager’s suggestion.

Four days later, on Sept. 14, Hornsby appeared in his third game, starting at shortstop and batting eighth against the Dodgers at St. Louis. Facing Rube Marquard (who, like Hornsby, would be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame), Hornsby got his first Cardinals hit, a single.

Hornsby was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt in the game, a 6-2 Cardinals triumph. Boxscore

In 18 games with the 1915 Cardinals, Hornsby had 14 hits, batting .246.

Milking his chance

Before Hornsby went home to Texas for the winter, Huggins told him, “I think I’m going to have to farm you out for next year.”

In his book, Hornsby related, “I was just a country boy … so I took him at his word. I thought he meant a real farm and go to work. So I went down to my aunt and uncle’s farm at Lockhart, Texas, and went to work. I also drank all the milk I could and tried to put on some weight.”

When Hornsby reported to spring training in 1916, he was a strapping 160 pounds. Huggins told him to go back to gripping the bat at the knob. Hornsby performed so well that Huggins kept him on the Opening Day roster and started him at shortstop before eventually shifting him to third base.

Hornsby was in the big leagues to stay. Second base became his primary position and hitting was his special skill.

Hornsby went on to win seven National League batting titles (six with the Cardinals). He twice won the Triple Crown (leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBI) and twice won the NL Most Valuable Player Award.

His .358 career batting average is best all-time for a right-handed batter and rates second overall to Ty Cobb’s .366.

Hornsby hit .359 with the Cardinals. He has the most career hits by a Cardinals right-handed batter (2,110). The only players with more hits as Cardinals are left-handers Stan Musial (3,630) and Lou Brock (2,713).

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