While these players may not have celebrated Eirinn go Brach (Ireland Forever) on a daily basis, they did seem to bring the luck of the Irish to the Birds on the Bat–so it’s on that note that St. Louis Baseball Weekly presents an all-time St. Paddy’s Day lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals:
Willie McGee, CF…helping the team to the pot of gold in 1982 was just the beginning of a career that has arguably made him the most popular Cardinal to play in the last thirty years.
John McGraw, 3B…one of the greatest managers of all-time, he also played 99 games for the Cardinals in 1900–batting .344 and had on-base percentage of .500 (the second best in franchise history).
Red Schoendienst, 2B…yes, he was born in Germantown, but his mother was Irish and the Hall of Famer is still in uniform every day with the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium, enjoying his 69th Spring Training this year.
Mark McGwire, 1B…While all may be the wiser today, the home run chase of 1998 and the barrage of baseballs that landed in the upper deck at Busch Stadium had an undeniable impact on St. Louis and the game itself. And as a hitting coach, Big Mac has shown there was more than just brawn to his game.
Mike Shannon, RF…one could say that every broadcast is a celebration with Old Irish behind the mic, but Shannon is still regarded as one of the best athletes to ever come out of St. Louis and helped the Cardinals win two and play in a third World Series in his shortened career.
Pepper Martin, LF…The Wild Horse of the Osage won two World Championships with The Gashouse Gang and led the league in stolen bases three times.
Bob O’Farrell, C…won the 1926 MVP and hit .304 in the World Series to help defeat the New York Yankees.
Brendan Ryan, SS…the offense was up and down, but the Robert DeNiro impersonator was always there with the glove.
Joe Kelly, SP…the right-hander is still battling to for a spot in this year’s rotation, but was huge down the stretch last season for the Cardinals. And nobody will have better dance moves on St. Paddy’s day.
Lindy McDaniel, RP…finished 188 games as a Cardinals which ranks fifth in franchise history.
And not to be forgotten–“Super Joe” McEwing of the 25-game hit streak during his rookie season; Paddy O’Connor, how can you not want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the 1914 catcher; and Tim McCarver who makes his return to St. Louis this season as a broadcaster on FSN.