The St. Louis Cardinals have had plenty of achievements since the club was established back in 1892. While the franchise had had its down years, it is still considered as one of the most successful and valuable in the history of the sport. A major reason for that is the list of great pitchers that donned the Cardinals uniform. Some examples of those players are the following:
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Bob Gibson is not just the greatest pitcher in franchise history, he is also widely considered one of the all-time best. The former Harlem Globetrotter played all 17 years of his baseball career with the Cardinals, amassing eight All-Star selections, two Cy Young Awards, the 1968 National League MVP, and two World Series titles. He is known for striking fear into opponent batters’ hearts with his mean streak and even meaner pitches.
Chris Carpenter may be as good as any other Cardinal pitcher not named Bob Gibson. In fact, Carpenter was better than most of them when it comes to clutch pitching during the playoffs. He helped lead the team to two World Series championships in 2006 and 2012. If it were not for the long list of injuries that plagued Carpenter, he could have achieved more accolades.
During the 1930s, the Cardinals were a team to watch because of lively characters that were collectively dubbed the “Gashouse Gang.” The undisputed ace of the group was Jerome Herman “Dizzy” Dean. He holds a number of league and franchise pitching records, but the best was with St. Louis was when they won the World Series in 1934.
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