THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: OZZIE "THE WIZARD OF OZ" SMITH, BRUCE SUTTER, BOB GIBSON, STAN "THE MAN" MUSIAL, LOU BROCK, WHITEY HERZOG, RED SCHOENDIENST - HFSID 292668
Sale Price $765.00
Seven Cardinals of the postwar era signed this composite photo, titled "Cardinals Legends", and bearing a close-up and action photo of each in Cardinal uniform, signed in blue ink by all 7. PSA/DNA authenticated signatures
Composite Photograph signed: "Red Schoendienst", "Ozzie Smith", "Stan Musial", "Bob Gibson", "Lou Brock", "Bruce Sutter", "Whitey Herzog". Color, 16x20. Captioned in center, "Cardinals Legends", with two images of each signer (one a close-up, the other an action image). Signed in blue ink on each action image. With PSA/DNA Authentication sticker (#P00775). The players' dates of admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame are listed along the top edge. RED SCHOENDIENST (1923-2018) led National League second basemen in fielding average seven times, handling 320 consecutive chances without an error in 1950. His .9934 fielding fielding average for second sackers stood as the record for 30 years. A switch hitter who finished second in the 1953 batting race and boasted a .303 lifetime average as a pinch hitter, the 10-time All-Star played for the Cardinals 1945-1955 and 1962-1963. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1989. OZZIE SMITH (b.1954) played the first four of his 19 Major League seasons (1978-1996) with the San Diego Padres, and the rest with the St Louis Cardinals. A pesky hitter and good base stealer, "the Wizard of Oz" may have been the best defensive shortstop of all time. Over his career, he averaged a remarkable one chance per game more than the average NL shortstop, making 25% more plays than his rivals! A 15-time All-Star and a 13-time Gold Glove, Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2002. STAN MUSIAL (1920-2013) hit at least .300 for sixteen consecutive years. At his retirement after the 1963 season, the three-time Most Valuable Player held the National League record for most runs, hits, doubles, and RBIs. Musial appeared in 24 All-Star games, won seven batting titles, and had a lifetime batting average of .331. He was nicknamed "The Man" by admiring Brooklyn Dodgers' fans. Musial, who played only for the Cardinals, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. BOB GIBSON (1935-2020) holds the major league record for lowest single-season ERA of 1.12 in 1968, the year he was the National League's Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner. He also won the Cy Young Award in 1970. In his 17-year career, all with the St. Louis Cardinals, Gibson won 251 games including 56 shutouts. He was the first pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in nine seasons and, in 1974, became the second pitcher in major league history to strike out at least 3,000 batters in a career (he joined Walter Johnson, who first notched 3,000 Ks way back in 1923!). Gibson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility. Relief pitcher BRUCE SUTTER (b.1953) spent 13 seasons in the Major Leagues. A 6-time All-Star and 4-time winner of the Rolaids Relief award, he won the NL's Cy Young Award in 1979 and led the league in saves 5 times. Sutter is less closely identified with the Cardinals than the other signers, having begun his Major League career as a Chicago Cub and concluded it as an Atlanta Brave, but he spent four great seasons with the Redbirds (1981-1984), accumulating 127 of his 300 career saves in those four years and leading the league in three of them. Sutter popularized the split fingered fastball, which has bedeviled hitters ever since and in 2006 he entered the Hall of Fame, the first pitcher to do so without ever having started a game. WHITEY HERZOG (b.1931) had a respectable career as a Major League outfielder (1956-1963), but his managerial skills got him into the Baseball Hall of Fame (2010). As a manager, Herzog preferred whittling down his opponents with pitching and defense instead of scoring big with home runs. After leading the KC Royals to their first three playoff appearances, he led the Cardinals for eleven years (1980-1990). In 19 years as a manager, he compiled a winning percentage of .532, and skippered the Cardinals to 3 National League pennants and - in 1982 - their first World Series title in 15 years. Fine condition.
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