Skip Continues Cards Long Final At-Bat Run

Schumaker is under there somewhere

Skip Schumaker already has two final at-bat winning hits in 2008, continuing a long tradition for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Leadoff man Skip Schumaker has been Mr. Clutch for the St. Louis Cardinals in the first month of the 2008 season with two final at-bat winning hits – essentially ending the contest for his club with the big hit in what would turn out to be the final innings of the game.

The home hits were either walk-offs, meaning the game ended right there, or winning hits in the bottom of the eighth inning. As in the latter case, the road winning hits also required three more outs to be secured in the bottom of that final inning.

The most recent example of Schumaker's prowess was demonstrated on Saturday, when the outfielder stroked a ninth-inning single to left field, scoring pinch-runner Cesar Izturis with the winner in a 4-3 Cardinals walk-off victory over the visiting Houston Astros. That snapped the Astros winning run at six games and positioned the Cardinals to take the series following Sunday's win.

Overall, Schumaker has a total of three game-winning RBI in the 2008 season and nine multi-hit games this year to date, tying Albert Pujols for the most on the Cardinals. Skip has put up hits in 15 of his last 19 games while scoring 17 runs (.370, 27-for-73).

Those final at-bat winning hits aren't a new activity for the 28-year-old. Schumaker has provided three of the Cardinals' last seven of these dating back to July 22 of last season. In the latter game, Skip slammed a two-run home run in the 10th inning to break a tie in Atlanta. He was tied for second on the club last year with two final at-bat winning hits, behind outfielder Ryan Ludwick's three.

The Cardinals top two all-time individual seasons for most final at-bat winning hits each occurred in World Championship seasons. Albert Pujols is the leader with eight in 2006. The prior top hitter in this situation was current Cards broadcaster Mike Shannon, who accrued seven in 1967.

Following are the Cardinals yearly leaders all the way back to 1933. A huge tip of the cap to reader Tom Orf for sharing his fantastic research, the basis for this article.

St. Louis Cardinals Last At-Bat Wins
Most by player each season

2008 2 Schumaker 1 Duncan
2007 3 Ludwick 2 Pujols, Taguchi, Schumaker
2006 8 Pujols 3 Rolen
2005 4 Pujols, Eckstein 2 Edmonds, Walker
2004 5 Pujols, Edmonds 3 Sanders
2003 5 Pujols 4 Rolen
2002 5 Renteria 2 Marrero, Drew, Robinson
2001 2 Lankford, Paquette, Renteria, Pujols 1 several
2000 3 Edmonds 2 Paquette, McGwire
1999 3 Marrero 2 Lankford, Davis, McGwire, Paquette
1998 3 McGwire, Lankford 2 Gant, Jordan
1997 5 Gant 4 Gaetti
1996 6 Jordan 4 Pagnozzi
1995 5 Jordan 3 Gilkey
1994 3 Lankford, Gilkey 1 several
1993 4 Whiten, Zeile 2 Alicea, Gilkey, Jeffries, Brewer, Perry
1992 5 Jose, Pagnozzi 3 Zeile, Gilkey, Lankford
1991 5 Lankford 3 O.Smith, Gilkey
1990 3 Pendleton 2 McGee, Coleman
1989 3 Guerrero 2 Pagnozzi, Walling, Thompson
1988 3 Oquendo 2 Pena, Brunansky
1987 5 Clark 4 Herr
1986 3 Pendleton, Morris 2 Oquendo, Herr
1985 4 Pendleton 3 O.Smith
1984 3 Green 2 Porter, McGee
1983 4 Herr 3 Hendrick, McGee, Oberkfell, Green
1982 3 O.Smith, McGee 2 Iorg, Hendrick
1981 3 Herr 2 Hernandez
1980 5 Hendrick 2 Scott, Hernandez
1979 3 Reitz 2 Mumphrey, Simmons, Templeton, Hernandez
1978 4 Reitz 1 several
1977 4 Reitz 2 Templeton, Mumphrey
1976 4 Simmons 3 Kessinger
1975 4 R.Smith 3 Melendez, Simmons
1974 5 McBride 4 Torre, Simmons
1973 6 Cruz 3 Melendez, Carbo
1972 3 Simmons 2 Brock, Torre, Sizemore
1971 4 Simmons 3 Torre
1970 4 Cardenal 3 Brock
1969 5 Brock 3 Flood, Javier
1968 2 Brock, Shannon, McCarver, Gagliano, Javier 1 several
1967 7 Shannon 4 Maris
1966 4 Flood 3 Brock
1965 4 White 3 Brock, Boyer
1964 3 Brock 2 Skinner, Groat, Brock, Boyer, McCarver, Javier, Shannon, White
1963 3 Musial 2 Groat, Flood, James, McCarver, Altman
1962 4 James 2 Javier, Flood, Musial, Boyer, White, Whitfield
1961 2 Boyer, Musial, Schoendienst, Sawatski 1 several
1960 4 Boyer 3 Musial, Cunningham, Nieman
1959 4 Cimoli 3 Boyer
1958 4 Boyer 3 Cunningham
1957 6 Cunningham 3 Musial, Ennis
1956 2 Musial, Repulski 1 several
1955 5 Virdon 5 Moon, Sarni, Repulski
1954 3 Repulski, Sarni 2 Schoendienst, Jablonski, Moon, Musial
1953 2 Schoendienst 1 several
1952 6 Slaughter 4 Musial, Rice
1951 3 Musial 1 several
1950 3 Rice, Schoendienst, Lindell 1 several
1949 4 Garagiola 3 Musial
1948 4 Musial 3 Moore
1947 5 Musial 3 Kurowski
1946 4 Musial 3 Dusak, Schoendienst
1945 3 Kurowski, Adams 2 Hopp, Bergamo
1944 4 W.Cooper 3 Hopp, O'Dea, Bergamo
1943 6 Klein 4 Sanders, Walker
1942 4 Slaughter, Musial 3 Brown, Kurowski
1941 5 Brown 4 Padgett
1940 3 Moore 2 Martin, Marion, Orengo, Koy
1939 5 Medwick 2 Moore, M.Cooper, Slaughter
1938 4 Mize 3 Medwick, Moore
1937 5 Mize, Medwick 3 Brown
1936 4 Martin 3 Durocher
1935 6 Collins 4 Medwick, Davis
1934 3 Rothrock 2 DeLancey, Medwick, Fullis
1933 4 Martin 3 O'Farrell





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