Howard Bruce Sutter was a fantastic right-handed relief pitcher and closer. He was said to be the first pitcher to make effective use of the split-finger fastball. He dominated in the late 1970s and early 1980s becoming the only pitcher to lead the National League in saves five times (1979–1982, 1984). In 1979, Sutter won the NL’s Cy Young Award as the league’s top pitcher. 1982 he helped the Cardinals win the World Series and appropriately closed out the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Seven. This piece commemorates that accomplishment.
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Bob Gibson played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959–75 and tallied 251 wins, 3,117 strikeouts, and a 2.91 earned run average during his career. A nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won two Cy Young Awards and the 1968 National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. In 1981, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The Cardinals retired his uniform number 45 in September 1975 and inducted him into the team Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Nicknamed “Stan the Man”, Musial spent 22 seasons playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, from 1941 to 1944 and 1946 to 1963. Widely considered to be one of the greatest and most consistent hitters in baseball history, Musial was a first-ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, and was also selected to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2014.
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