St. Louis Cardinals award winners and league leaders

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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 Cardinals won their first major team award as 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 Commissioner's Trophy following their 1967 World Series title,[2] which, before that year, the World Series champion had never received any kind of official trophy.[3]


Individual awards

National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award

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.[4] 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.[5]

Sixteen 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)

National League Most Valuable Player Award (1931–present)

Cy Young

Rookie of the Year

Manager of the Year

Triple Crown (NL): Batting

See: Triple Crown (baseball)#Batting

Hank Aaron Award

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

World Series Most Valuable Player Award

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

National League Championship Series (NLCS) Most Valuable Player Award

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

Gold Glove Award

Platinum 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.[6]

Silver Slugger Award series

Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, first awarded the Silver Slugger in 1980.[9]

MLB Comeback Player of the Year (NL)

Roberto Clemente Award

MLB All-Century Team (1999)

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

DHL Hometown Heroes (2006)

  • 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)

Cardinals award winners include those who played the highest amount of games in their career with the Cardinals.[13]

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

Sporting News Award Series

MLB Athlete of the Decade (2009)

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

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 Player

Note: Established in 1929 and discontinued in 1946.

Player of the Year

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 Year

NL Comeback Player of the Year

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

  • 2004: Chris Carpenter
  • 2009: Chris Carpenter
  • 2011: Lance Berkman

Executive of the Year

Manager of the Year Award

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 Team

  • Albert Pujols, first base (2009)

Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award

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

Topps All-Star Rookie teams

See footnote[19] and Topps All-Star Rookie Rosters

Players Choice Awards Series

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 Year

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

Marvin Miller Man of the Year

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 Player

  • Albert Pujols (2003, 2008, 2009)

NL Outstanding Pitcher

NL Outstanding Rookie

  • Albert Pujols (2001)

NL Comeback Player of the Year

MLB Insiders Club Magazine All-Postseason Team

Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

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

Heart & Hustle Award

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

Tony Conigliaro Award

Branch Rickey Award

  • Ozzie Smith (1994)

Ford C. Frick Award recipients

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

* Played and broadcast for the Cardinals

Team Awards

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)

Minor-league system

Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award

  • 1999 – Rick Ankiel

USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award

  • 1999 – Rick Ankiel

Joe Bauman Home Run Award

Other achievements

National Baseball Hall of Fame

See St. Louis Cardinals#Hall of Famers

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame

See St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum

Darryl Kile Good Guy Award

See Darryl Kile#Memorial and footnote[24]

Retired numbers

See St. Louis Cardinals#Retired numbers

Sports Illustrated Top 20 Male Athletes of the Decade

  • 2009 – Albert Pujols (#9)[25]

Associated Press Athlete of the Year

Jack Buck Award

See also


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  21. 21.0 21.1 The World Series Trophy was first awarded in 1967. In 1985, it was re-named 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.
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  24. 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.
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