As the Cardinals again shuffle shortstops, we reprise Rick Hummel's run-through of 10 players at the position who left lasting impressions in St. Louis.
Honorable mention: Pete Kozma
Once had three hits in a game off Clayton Kershaw. For several years, Washington fans (even in spring training) booed him for capping the improbable comeback to beat the Nationals in the ninth inning of the NL Dvision Series finale in 2012.
10. Dal Maxvill
"Maxie" played in three World Series for the Cardinals — one at second base — and was involved in two more as their general manager. Known almost exclusively for his glove as a player, he hit the first major league grand slam outside the U.S. when he connected in Montreal in April, 1969. He had six other homers in a 14-year career.
9. Rogers Hornsby
You forgot that he was the starting shortstop in 1917-18? Hornsby played second base as a prominent member of the 1926 World Series champions and, at .358, has the top batting average for any righthanded hitter and is No. 2 behind Ty Cobb all-time.
8. Rafael Furcal
Coined the “Happy Flight” term for late-season Cardinals junkets in 2011. All of them were happy after late August as the Cardinals went on to their last World Series title.
7. David Eckstein
The Mighty Mite was the MVP of the 2006 World Series and a pesky leadoff man. He married well, too (actress Ashley Drane).
6. Jhonny Peralta
It only took him two seasons to break the single-season homer record by a Cardinals shortstop. You won’t see him at the position much longer as third base seems to be his new home.
5. Dick Groat
Master of the hit-and-run, Groat was a linchpin on the 1964 World Series champions. Manager Johnny Keane thought he put on the hit-and-run too often but that’s another story.
4. Garry Templeton
Unfortunately, he is remembered by many for his performance at Busch Stadium on a hot August day in 1981 rather than his for his performance on the field. He was the first switch-hitter to have 100 or more hits from each side of the plate.
3. Edgar Renteria
Called “The Captain” by manager Tony La Russa, even though the Cardinals didn’t really have one at the time. Perhaps his best season was one of the few in the 2000s when the Cardinals didn’t make the playoffs. He had 100 RBIs in 2003.
2. Marty Marion
Should be in the Hall of Fame. He was the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1944. Many shortstops are his size (6-foot-2), but not many were then. Eight-time All-Star was actually nicknamed "Mr. Shortstop."
1. Ozzie Smith
First-ballot Hall of Famer and defensive icon became a good hitter, too. Ask Tom Niedenfuer. "Go crazy, folks. Go crazy."