Cards All-Time Top 40 – Julian Javier #35

Cards All-Time Top 40 – Julian Javier #35

Next up in our Top 40 countdown of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals of all-time is the star second baseman from their great World Series clubs of the 1960's, Julian Javier.

Manuel Julian (Liranzo) Javier

The Basics

Position

Bat

Throw

Total Yrs

Yrs in StL

HR

RBI

SB

Average

Second Base

Right

Right

1960-1972

1960-1971

76

494

134

.258

The Awards

Hall of Fame

Retired #

World Champ

All-Star

MVP

Cy Young

Gold Glove

 -

2

2

 -

NA

 -

Note: All stats and awards listed are for years as a Cardinal only.
Javier's career stats available from baseball-reference.com.

Voter Comments

Rob Rains (31): Julian Javier played more games at second base than any player in franchise history and was the starter on the three pennant-winning teams from the 1960s. He was a two-time All-Star and had perhaps his biggest hit as a Cardinal in the eighth inning of game two of the 1967 World Series, the only hit allowed by Boston's Jim Lonborg in the game. He was never one of the team's offensive stars, but was a dependable, steady performer for a dozen years.

Ray Mileur (NR): Former St. Louis Cardinal, broadcaster and author Tim McCarver describes Julian Javier as one of the most unappreciated players that he had ever been around. He adds in his book Few and Chosen that when he says Hoolie, as he was known by his teammates, was unappreciated, he means by the public and the baseball fraternity in general, certainly not by his teammates.

I remember Javier playing and I recognized that he was one of the best defenders of his time, certainly in my opinion as good as Pittsburgh Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski, but Javier's lifetime batting average of .257 with only 78 home runs and 506 RBI in his 13-year major league career just didn't add up to me to justify ranking him among our Top 40 All Time St. Louis Cardinals.

Javier was part of one of the best defenses in St. Louis Cardinals history in 1963, when he started in the All-Star Game along with his infield teammates of Ken Boyer, Dick Groat and Bill White.

Brian Walton (NR): It pains me to leave behind an important cog of the champion Cardinals of my youth, but the relative strengths of others forced my hand. No one could argue Javier that was an offensive force – his most important asset was his steady defense for twelve seasons.

Yet, even in that area, with the glove, Javier received relatively scant recognition. Overshadowed by Pittsburgh's Bill Mazeroski, a Hall of Famer, for most of the decade of the 1960's is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. However, the reality is that Javier was named to just two All-Star Games, even as a reserve, and didn't collect a single Gold Glove over his entire career.

Jerry Modene (27): Another surprise to those who never saw him play (and those who might prefer Tom Herr instead), but in a decade that saw the Cardinals utilize four third baseman, four or five shortstops, and three first basemen, Joolie's presence as the only regular second baseman for a full decade in St. Louis shows just how valuable he was.

Never a great overall hitter, Javier nonetheless used to pound lefthanders (how they could use him now!); defensively, Javier rated right up there with Bill Mazeroski as tops in the league. The big difference between the two of them is that Mazeroski would stand his ground at second base, virtually daring baserunners to try to knock him down, while Javier was so adroit as to virtually never be touched by the sliding runners – hence, his nickname, "The Phantom". A very underrated player in Cardinal lore.

Voter Comments Key: Voter (Individual Ranking); NR = Not Rated

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