Keith Hernandez was a power line drive hitter who won a batting crown, was Co-winner of the National Leagues Most Valuable Player Award in 1979 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals and played on two world champions, the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets. Many historians rank Keith Hernandez as the finest fielding 1st baseman of all-time. His 11 consecutive Gold Gloves are the highest totals for first basemen in baseball history. Hernandez fearlessly charged bunts, fielded sacrifice attempts on the third base side of home plate and made unbelievable diving catches. He led the league in double plays a record six times and was a master of the 3-6-3 twin killing.
In 1979, Hernandez won the NL batting title with his .344 ave. He topped the NL with 48 doubles, 116 runs scored and with a .421 on base percent.
He was a hero in the 1982 NL Champion Series and drove in eight runs in the World Series against the Milw. Brewers. In the later part of the 1983 season, in a shocking trade the St. Louis Cardinals shipped Keith to the New York Mets. He became one of their main stars with his torrid hitting and excellent fielding. He played in five All-Star games and his career stats include a .296 lifetime batting average, in 2088 games, Keith Hernandez powered 426 doubles scored 1124 runs and collected 2182 hits. He only fanned 1012 times in 7370 at bats.