Top 40 All-Time Cardinals – The Final Tally

The consensus number one

Pulling together all the votes on the top 40 St. Louis Cardinals players of all time in one place.

As our Top 40 Cardinals players of all time series draws very near to its close, this article brings together the voting of all four participants from The Birdhouse: Rob Rains, Jerry Modene, Ray Mileur and myself, Brian Walton. To the right of the players' names are our individual votes. The column second-most from the right in the table below is our aggregate ranking.

In addition, on the far right is a column labeled "Cm". That is the work-in-progress result of a collaborative effort among a group of very knowledgeable Cardinals fans from our Message Board community. While that group has not yet ranked all 40 players, you can click on this link to see the community ranking as it develops and even join in the voting if you so choose. Their master list is maintained on the first post of the thread.

Not surprisingly, The Birdhouse's top 40 split was in favor of position players at the expense of pitching, with non-pitchers holding down 28 of our 40 spots. Only two of our top 14 are hurlers.

Walton                Rk   Modene         Rk  Rains           Rk   Mileur          Rk    Rk Cm
Stan Musial            1   Stan Musial      1   Stan Musial    1   Stan Musial     1      1     1
Bob Gibson           2   Bob Gibson      2  Bob Gibson    2   Bob Gibson    3      2     2
Lou Brock             4   Lou Brock       3  Lou Brock      3   Lou Brock      2      3     5
Rogers Hornsby    3   R Hornsby       8  R Hornsby      4  R Hornsby      5      4     3
Ozzie Smith            5   Ozzie Smith      5  Ozzie Smith    5  Ozzie Smith      8     5    11
Albert Pujols          8  Albert Pujols     4  Albert Pujols  8  Albert Pujols    9     6      4
Dizzy Dean             6  Dizzy Dean      11  Dizzy Dean     6  Dizzy Dean      7     7      6
Enos Slaughter       7  E Slaughter      7  E Slaughter   11 E Slaughter      6     8    12
Ken Boyer            10  Ken Boyer        6  Ken Boyer     13  Ken Boyer     10     9    14
Red Schoendienst 12  Schoendienst    9  Schoendienst  9  Schoendienst 11   10     8
Ted Simmons        15 Ted Simmons   12  Ted Simmons 14  Ted Simmons 13   11 
Joe Medwick         11 Joe Medwick   20  Joe Medwick   7  Joe Medwick  22   12     7
Jim Bottomley         9  J Bottomley     38  J Bottomley   10  J Bottomley    12   13   10
Jim Edmonds        18  Jim Edmonds   14  Jim Edmonds 19  Jim Edmonds 18   14 
Bruce Sutter         22  Bruce Sutter    17  Bruce Sutter  17  Bruce Sutter  15   15 
Jesse Haines          16                             Jesse Haines    12 Jesse Haines    4    16 
Frankie Frisch      14  F Frisch           18  F Frisch         25  F Frisch         20   17    13
Johnny Mize         13  Johnny Mize    21  Johnny Mize  27  Johnny Mize   17   18     9
Curt Flood           30  Curt Flood       13  Curt Flood    24  Curt Flood     14   19 
Ray Lankford       25  Ray Lankford   15  R Lankford    26  Ray Lankford 21   20 
Harry Brecheen    17  H Breechen      26  H Brecheen   28  H Brecheen    16   21 
Mark McGwire      19  Mark McGwire 10                            M McGwire     19   22 
Willie McGee         26  Willie McGee    22  Willie McGee  20  Willie McGee   24   23 
Marty Marion        23  Marty Marion  16  Marty Marion 15  Marty Marion  40   24 
Bob Forsch           21  Bob Forsch     30  Bob Forsch   18  Bob Forsch     25   25 
Keith Hernandez    28  Hernandez      23  Hernandez     21  Hernandez      30   26 
Mort Cooper         20  Mort Cooper   32  Mort Cooper 29  Mort Cooper   23   27 
Joe Torre              29  Joe Torre        24  Joe Torre      22  Joe Torre        36   28 
John Tudor          24  John Tudor     36  John Tudor   23  John Tudor     34   29 
Terry Moore         40  Terry Moore   31  Terry Moore  16  Terry Moore   33   30 
Scott Rolen           37  Scott Rolen     19                            Scott Rolen      31   31 
Pepper Martin       38  P Martin          35  P Martin        30  P Martin          29   32 
Steve Carlton        31  Steve Carlton  37                            Steve Carlton  26   33       
Bill White               27  Bill White        33  Bill White       36                               34 
                                  Julian Javier    27  Julian Javier  31                               35 
Bill Sherdel            33                             Bill Sherdel     32                               36 
                                  Tim McCarver 25             
Chris Carpenter     34  C Carpenter    40                             C Carpenter    35   37 
J Isringhausen       36                                                         J Isringhausen 32  38 
                                                                                         Vince Coleman 27   
                                  Geo. Hendrick 28             
                                                                                         Todd Worrell   28   
Chick Hafey           32                             Chick Hafey  38                                39   15
                                 Lindy McDaniel 29             
                                 Edgar Renteria  34 E Renteria      37                                40 
Lee Smith              35                                                         Lee Smith        38   
                                                             T Pendleton   33        
                                                             Ken Reitz        34        
Bill Doak               39                                                         Bill Doak          37   
                                                             Tom Herr       35        
                                                             Matt Morris     39        

Master list with link to comments: To read the individual articles for each of the top 40 Cardinals players of all time, click here.



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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