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1985 St. Louis Cardinals 1985 St. Louis Cardinals

Ozzie Smith, Andy Van Slyke, Terry Pendleton and pitchers Joaquin Andujar, John Tudor, Danny Cox lead Cardinals to pennant

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1985 Cardinals - Won Pennant then lost to Kansas City Royals in 7 games
Outstanding pitching, speed, defense and timely hitting produced winning results for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1980s.

In 1985 St. Louis' earned run average of 3.10 was the second best in the majors and tops in the NL Eastern Division and played a big part in the Red Birds' success. Going 101-61 they also were aided by the best batting average in the NL with .264 along with the highest on-base-pct in the league - .338.

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1985 Player Bios

Terry Pendleton, Cardinals, 3B - Switch-hitter, T RH - broke Into pro ball in '82 with Johnson City, Class A... rates 4-Stars For outstanding defense at 3rd. Pendleton has high-speed on Base paths... stole 20 bases in just 62 games in his rookie Year of 1984... hit .240 in 1985, with 16 doubles, 5 homers in 559 at bats.

Andy Van Slyke, Cardinals, Outfielder, Bats LH, T RH - born on 12-20-60 in Utuca, N.Y. A fleet-footed fly-hawk, Van Slyke was the Cardinals No. ! draft pick in '79... broke in with Gastonia, Class A, and swiped 19 bases in '80, with Arkansas in '82 stole 37 bases while hitting .278. Brought with to the parent club in '83, he hit .262. In 1985, his defense and speed helped the Redbirds win the pennant... .259 BA with 34 stolen bases

Ozzie Smith, Cards, Shortstop, Switch-hitter, T RH - the 'Oz' rates as the top defensive SS in the NL as is one of the best ever... has high speed, averages around 30-35 stolen bases a per. Ozzie Smith looks destined for the Hall of Fame. In 1985, batted .275, 20 Ds, 3 Ts, 6 Hr, scored 70 runs... an excellent bunter and team leader by example. The 'Oz' plays winning baseball - great at hit-and-running.

Jeff Hahti, Cardinals, Relief Pitcher, RH - debuted with Cards In '82... used mainly in middle relief his first 3 seasons. Lahti became team's closer in 1985 and rang up 19 saves in 52 appearances... going 5-2 with an outstanding 1.84.

Brian Harper, Cardinals, OF/PH, RH - the 6-year major league veteran was traded to the Cardinals in Dec of '84... used mainly as a pinch-hitter in 1985, Harper lined 4 doubles, hit .250 in 52 at bats and collected a game-winning RBI.


1985 Cardinals Pitching Records:

Joaquin Andujar, 21-12, 3.40 ERA in 38 Games... Neil Allen, 1-4, 5.59 ERA in 23 G... Bill Campbell, 5-3, 3.50 ERA in 50 G... Danny Cox, 18-9, 2.88 ERA in 35 G... Doug Bair, 0-0, 0.00 in 2 G... Joe Bouever, 0-0, 4.41 ERA in 13 G... Ken Dayley, 4-4, 2.76 ERA in 57 G... Bob Forsch 9-6, 3.90 ERA in 34 G... John Tudor, 21-8, 1.93 ERA in 36 G... Andy Hassler, 0-1, 1.80 ERA in 10 G... Ricky Horton, 3-2, 2.91 ERA in 49 G... Matt Keough 0-1, 4.50 ERA in 4 G... Kurt Kepshire, 10-9, 4.75 ERA in 32 G... Jeff Lahti, 5-2, 1.84 ERA in 52 G... Pat Perry, 1-0, 0.00 ERA in 6 G... Todd Worrell, 3-0, 2.91 ERA in 17 G


Danny Cox, Cards, Pitcher RH - the workhorse of the 1985 Cardinals, Cox pitched 241 innings and chalked up a 18-9, 2.88 ERA, which certainly helped the team win the pennant. Debuted in June of '83 with the Redbirds and finished with a 3-6 W/L for the season.

Tom Nieto, Cardinals, Catcher RH - born on 10/27/60 in Downey, CA. He was the Cards second round draft pick in '81... a fine defensive backstop, in his first full season in the big-leagues in 1985 Tom Nieto lined 10 doubles, hit .225, 34 RBIs in 95 games, including 5 game-RBIs.

Joaquin Andujar, Cardinals, Pitcher RH - hails from San Pedro, Dominican Republic. An intense competitor, Andujar posted an outstanding 21-12, 3.40 ERA in 1985... broke into the majors back in '76 and was acquired via a trade by the Cards in June '81. In '84 he wlso won 20 games (20-14, 3.34 ERA)

Jack Clark, Cardinals, 1B, RH - the 10-year veteran was traded to the Cardinals in Feb of 1985... a long ball hitter, Clark has so far hit 223 career doubles and 185 long balls, with 682 RBIs, averaging around 75 per/year since becoming a starter in '77, and has one 100 RBI year - 103 RBIs in '82. Although his fielding is just average, Clark made up for it by producing 7 game-winning RBIs for the 1985 pennant winning Cardinals.

Kurt Kepshire, Cardinals, Pitcher, T RH, Bats LH - drafted from Indianapolis AAAin '82. Kepshire started 29 games for the Cards in 1985, recording a 10-9 mark, 4.75 ERA in 153 1/3 innings of work... relies on fastball and breaking ball... collected his first big-league win on July 4th '84.

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