These were the heroes who owned the summers of the 1960s.
Ken Boyer and Bob Gibson.
Orlando Cepeda and Ray Sadecki.
Steve Carlton and Lou Brock.
Dick Groat and Nelson Briles.
During the summers of the 1960s, the heroes of St. Louis wore Cardinals uniforms. On their best days (which produced 3 pennants and 3 MVPs), they were entertaining and inspiring. They smote hated rivals and sent their best to the All-Star game, in the decade when that mid-summer classic moved under the lights … and into prime time.
On their worst days, these Cardinals heroes broke our hearts, squandering late-inning leads and pre-season hopes … but they never lost our devotion.
They were the heroes of our youth. Now their stories are collected in
Cardinals Heroes: Remembering the St. Louis Cardinals Who Helped Make the 1960s Baseball’s Real Golden Age.
The book profiles the best (and a few of the worst) of the St. Louis Cardinals of the 1960s. In all, there are 71 profiles of the infielders, outfielders, catchers and pitchers who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960s.
Do you remember …
The hard-throwing right-hander who led the National League in ERA, shutouts and strikeouts in 1968? (page 100)
The Gold Glove third baseman who was a 7-time All-Star and 1964 Most Valuable Player? (page 8)
The shortstop who was a former batting champion and Most Valuable Player? (page 14)
The All-Star outfielder who led the National League in stolen bases 8 times (and in runs scored twice)? (page 36)
The bonus baby southpaw who led the Cardinals in wins in 1964 (and won the first game of the 1964 World Series)? (page 125)
The slugging first baseman who also won 7 Gold Gloves (6 with the Cardinals)? (page 26)
The journeyman reliever who spent 21 years in the minors, and whose 14 saves down the stretch saved the 1964 pennant for the Cardinals? (page 127)
The hard-hitting first baseman who was a 7-time All-Star and hit 379 home runs? (page 12)
The left-hander who went from a 19-game loser to a 20-game winner for the Cardinals, and then was traded? (page 94)
The veteran pitcher who won 101 games for the Cardinals in 8 seasons and averaged over 200 innings pitched? (page 108)
Their stories are here. Enjoy the memories.
Paperback edition: $11.99
Kindle edition: $3.99