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St. Louis Cardinals award winners and league leaders

The St. Louis Cardinals, a professional baseball franchise based in St. Louis, Missouri, compete in the National League (NL) of Major League Baseball (MLB). Before joining the NL in 1892, they were also a charter member of the American Association (AA) from 1882 to 1891. Although St. Louis has been the Cardinals' home city for the franchise's entire existence, they were also known as the Brown Stockings, Browns, and Perfectos.

In 134 seasons, the franchise has won more than 10,000 regular season games and appeared in 27 postseasons while claiming 12 interleague championships and 23 league pennants. Eleven of the interleague championships are World Series titles won under the modern format since 1903; 19 of the league pennants are NL pennants, and the other four are AA pennants.[1] Their 11 World Series titles represent the most in the NL and are second in MLB only to the New York Yankees' 27.

The first major award MLB presented for team performance occurred with the World Series champions in 1903, and for individual performance, in 1911 in the American League with the Chalmers Award. The first major award which the National League presented for individual performance was the League Award in 1924, the predecessor of the modern Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). Rogers Hornsby earned the League Award in 1925 making him the first winner of an MVP or its equivalent in franchise history. The following season, the Cardinals won their first modern World Series. They won the first World Series Trophy,[2] following their 1967 World Series title,[3] which, before that year, the World Series champion had never received any kind of official trophy.[4]


Individual awardsEdit

National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) AwardEdit

Major League Baseball (MLB), with voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), first presented the modern MVP award to one player each in the American and National League in 1931. Voting is accomplished with two writers from each city containing an MLB club, of whom each fills in a ballot with the names of ten players, ranking each from first to tenth.[5] The BBWAA began polling three writers in each league city in 1938 and reduced that number to two per league city in 1961. One of the MVP award's predecessors was the League Award, which the National League awarded via of voting process in a similar fashion to that of the BBWAA from 1924 to 1929.[6]

16 different Cardinals players have won the award a total of 20 times. Stan Musial and Albert Pujols are the only players to have won multiple times, each having won three times. Pujols is the only Cardinals player to have won in consecutive seasons, from 20082009. The most consecutive seasons a Cardinals player has won the award is three, which occurred from 1942–44 between Mort Cooper, Musial, and Marty Marion. Typically awarded to position players, Cardinals pitchers who have won an MVP award are Cooper, Dizzy Dean, and Bob Gibson. At least one Cardinals player has won the award in each completed decade since the League Award was given except in the 1950s.

League Award (1924–29)Edit

National League Most Valuable Player Award (1931–present)Edit

Cy YoungEdit

Rookie of the YearEdit

Manager of the YearEdit

Triple Crown (NL): BattingEdit

See: Major League Baseball Triple Crown#Batting

Hank Aaron AwardEdit

MLB baseball introduced this award in 1999 to recognize the top hitter in each league.

World Series Most Valuable Player AwardEdit

The World Series Most Valuable Player has been awarded since 1955.

National League Championship Series (NLCS) Most Valuable Player AwardEdit

Starting in 1977, MLB created the NLCS Most Valuable Player Award to recognize the top player of that season's NLCS.

National League All Star Game SelectionsEdit

Gold Glove AwardEdit

Platinum Glove AwardEdit

Main article: Gold Glove Award

Introduced in 2011 by Rawlings, the Platinum Glove is fan-voted award conferred annually to single out the top-fielding player from all Gold Glove winners in each league.[7]

Wilson Defensive Player of the Year AwardEdit

See explanatory note at Atlanta Braves award winners and league leaders.
Team (at all positions)
  • (2012)
  • (2013)

Silver Slugger Award seriesEdit

Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, first awarded the Silver Slugger in 1980.[10]

MLB Comeback Player of the Year (NL)Edit

Roberto Clemente AwardEdit

MLB All-Century Team (1999)Edit

  • Bob Gibson
  • Rogers Hornsby
  • Mark McGwire
  • Stan Musial

DHL Hometown Heroes (2006)Edit

  • Stan Musial — voted by MLB fans as the most outstanding player in the history of the franchise, based on on-field performance, leadership quality and character value

MLB All-Time Team (1997; BBWAA)Edit

Cardinals award winners include those who played the highest number of games in their career with the Cardinals.[14]

  • 2B: Rogers Hornsby
  • LF (Runner-up): Stan Musial

Sporting News Award SeriesEdit

MLB Athlete of the Decade (2009)Edit

Sportsman of the Year/Athlete of the Year/Pro Athlete of the YearEdit

Note: Normally awarded to one athlete selected from multiple sports per year since 1968.

See: Sporting News#Sportsman of the Year
  • 1974: Lou Brock
  • 1982: Whitey Herzog
  • 1997: Mark McGwire
  • 1998: Mark McGwire

Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Note: Established in 1929 and discontinued in 1946.

Player of the YearEdit

Note: Awarded to one player in all MLB since 1936.

  • 1944: Marty Marion, SS
  • 1946: Stan Musial, 1B
  • 1951: Stan Musial, OF
  • 1964: Ken Boyer, 3B
  • 1971: Joe Torre, 3B
  • 1974: Lou Brock, OF
  • 2003: Albert Pujols, OF
  • 2008: Albert Pujols, 1B
  • 2009: Albert Pujols, 1B

NL Pitcher of the YearEdit

NL Comeback Player of the YearEdit

Note: Awarded annually to one player in each league since 1965.

Executive of the YearEdit

Manager of the Year AwardEdit

Note: Established in 1936, this award was originally given annually to one manager in Major League Baseball. In 1986 it was expanded to honor one manager from each league.

Sports Illustrated MLB All-Decade TeamEdit

  • Albert Pujols, first base (2009)

Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY AwardEdit

  • Mark McGwire—1999
  • Albert Pujols—2005, 2006, 2009, 2010

Topps All-Star Rookie teamsEdit

See footnote[20] and Topps All-Star Rookie Rosters

Players Choice Awards SeriesEdit

In 1992, the Comeback Player of the Year was the first and only Players' Choice honor; others followed in subsequent years.

Major League Player of the YearEdit

  • Mark McGwire (1998)
  • Albert Pujols (2003, 2008, 2009)

Marvin Miller Man of the YearEdit

Note: Awarded by fellow major-league players as the Man of the Year in Major League Baseball (not one for each league), annually since 1997.

NL Outstanding PlayerEdit

  • Albert Pujols (2003, 2008, 2009)

NL Outstanding PitcherEdit

NL Outstanding RookieEdit

  • Albert Pujols (2001)

NL Comeback Player of the YearEdit

MLB Insiders Club Magazine All-Postseason TeamEdit

Lou Gehrig Memorial AwardEdit

  • Stan Musial (1957)
  • Ken Boyer (1964)
  • Lou Brock (1977)
  • Ozzie Smith (1989)
  • Mark McGwire (1999)
  • Albert Pujols (2009)

Heart & Hustle AwardEdit

Note: Awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, annually since 2005.
  • David Eckstein (2005)
  • Albert Pujols (2009)
  • Harrison Bader (2018)

Tony Conigliaro AwardEdit

Branch Rickey AwardEdit

  • Ozzie Smith (1994)

Ford C. Frick Award recipientsEdit

Names in bold received the award based on their work as Cardinals broadcasters.

* Played and broadcast for the Cardinals

Team AwardsEdit

Note: The Cardinals were originally known as the St. Louis Brown Stockings/Browns (1882–1898) and then the St. Louis Perfectos (1899), before becoming the Cardinals in 1900.

Team records (single-season)Edit

Minor-league systemEdit

Minor League Player and Pitcher of the YearEdit

Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year AwardEdit

  • 1999 – Rick Ankiel

USA Today Minor League Player of the Year AwardEdit

  • 1999 – Rick Ankiel

Joe Bauman Home Run AwardEdit

Other achievementsEdit

National Baseball Hall of FameEdit

See St. Louis Cardinals#Hall of Famers

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of FameEdit

See St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum

Darryl Kile Good Guy AwardEdit

See: Darryl Kile Award and footnote[25]

Retired numbersEdit

See St. Louis Cardinals#Retired numbers

Sports Illustrated Top 20 Male Athletes of the DecadeEdit

  • 2009 – Albert Pujols (#9)[26]

Associated Press Athlete of the YearEdit

Missouri Sports Hall of FameEdit

See: St. Louis Cardinals § Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Jack Buck AwardEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals team history & encyclopedia". Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  2. ^ The World Series Trophy was first awarded in 1970. In 1985, it was renamed the Commissioner's Trophy. From 1970 to 1984, the "Commissioner's Trophy" was the name of the award that was given to the All-Star Game MVP.
  3. ^ Rhodes, Greg; Castellini, Robert (2007). Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Highlights. Clerisy Press. p. 81. ISBN 1-57860-300-5. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "5 Things You Didn't Know About The World Series Trophy". WBZ-TV. October 31, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Gillette, Gary; Palmer, Pete (2007). The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia (Fourth ed.). New York City: Sterling Publishing Co. p. 1763. ISBN 978-1-4027-4771-7.
  6. ^ Gillette & Palmer, pp. 1764–1765
  7. ^ "Platinum Glove Award". baseball almanac. March 25, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "Molina earns 5th straight Gold Glove award". via St. Louis Cardinals. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Molina captures second Platinum Glove Award". via St. Louis Cardinals. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Louisville Slugger — The Silver Slugger Awards". Louisville Slugger. Archived from the original on May 30, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Langosch, Jenifer (November 6, 2013). "Molina, Carpenter named first-time Silver Sluggers". Retrieved November 6, 2013. MVP hopeful pairs Gold Glove with offensive honor; second baseman rewarded
  12. ^ a b "The Hutch, Lou Gehrig Award, Babe Ruth Award & Robert Clemente Award winners". Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  13. ^ Newman, Mark (October 26, 2013). "Fellow Puerto Rican Beltran presented Clemente Award: Cardinals outfielder honored for extensive community involvement".
  14. ^ Brown, Gerry, and Morrison, Michael (eds.; 2003). ESPN Information Please Sports Almanac. New York City: ESPN Books and Hyperion (joint). ISBN 0-7868-8715-X.
  15. ^ "MLB Athlete of the Decade – Albert Pujols, 1B". The Sporting News.
  16. ^ "Howie Pollet Statistics".
  17. ^ "Howie Pollet Baseball Almanac Awards". Baseball Almanac. Baseball Almanac.
  18. ^ "Bob Gibson Statistics".
  19. ^ "Chris Carpenter Statistics".
  20. ^ "Topps All-Star Rookie Team - BR Bullpen".
  21. ^ For the other members of the 2011 team, see Baseball awards. MLB Insiders Club Magazine selected its first All-Postseason Team in 2008. Boye, Paul. All-Postseason Team. MLB Insiders Club Magazine (ISSN 1941-5060), Vol. 5, Issue 1 (December 2011), pp. 30–31. North American Media Group, Inc.
  22. ^ a b The World Series Trophy was first awarded in 1967. In 1985, it was renamed the Commissioner's Trophy. From 1970 to 1984, the "Commissioner's Trophy" was the name of the award given to the All-Star Game MVP.
  23. ^ Cardinals Press Release (December 11, 2013). "St. Louis Cardinals name Wong and Petrick Minor League Player & Pitcher of the Year". St. Louis Cardinals. MLB. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  24. ^ Goold, Derrick (December 19, 2014). "Someone old, someone new are Cards' best". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  25. ^ Two awards are presented each year, one to a St. Louis Cardinal and one to a Houston Astro, each of whom exemplifies Kile's virtues of being "a good teammate, a great friend, a fine father and a humble man." The winners are selected, respectively, by the St. Louis and Houston chapters of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Darryl Kile Award. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  26. ^ See: Sports Illustrated Top 20 Male Athletes of the Decade.
  27. ^ "Ernie Hays Awarded Jack Buck Award". Archived from the original on 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2011-06-18.