One of the greatest seasons from a Redbird was honored in The Sporting News on Nov. 27, 1946, when Stan Musial was named the National League's Most Valuable Player. Musial, who had returned from his service in the U.S. Navy in 1945, led the league in batting average (.365), runs scored (124), hits (228), total bases (366), doubles (50) and triples (20). The Cardinals wrapped up the season by defeating the Boston Red Sox to claim their sixth World Series crown. Featured here is "The Man's" 1946 home jersey.
Bob Forsch holds the distinction of being the only Cardinals pitcher to have pitched two no-hitters. So, it's fitting that he's also the only Redbird hurler to have captured two Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger awards, in case anyone was concerned that he didn't have a balanced game. Forsch earned the second trophy (seen here) on Nov. 10, 1987, after he led all National League pitchers in batting average with an average of .298 (minimum 25 at-bats) along with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Ken Boyer, the captain of the club in the 1960s, won five of the first seven Rawlings Gold Glove Awards -- given annually to the finest defensive players at each position in each league. Defensive excellence has long been a key to Cardinals baseball, so it's no surprise to see one of the franchise's greatest third basemen high on the list of those who have been honored for their play. The honor was bestowed on Boyer on Nov. 23, 1960, as reported in The Sporting News.