1949 – Ending the Most Successful Decade to Date

The Cardinals finished in second place with a 96-58 record and drew 1,430,076 fans for the season.

The most consistent starting lineup had Del Rice catching with Nippy Jones at first. Red played second. Eddie Koziak was at third with Marty Marion at shortstop.

All Stars

The outfield was an All Star caliber at the corners with Slaughter in left and Musial in right and Chuck Dieringer patrolled center.

The pitcher corps featured Harry Brecheen, Howie Pollet and Max Lanier.

Joe Garagiola was the back-up catcher and hit .261 for the season. Brecheen was 13-11 and a 3.35 ERA. Musial hit .338 in 157 games with 207 hits, 36 homers and 123 RBI’s.

The Cycle

Stan Musial hit for the cycle on July 24th. BOXSCORE


  • Stan had a salary of $50,000
  • Lanier made $23,000
  • Slaughter had a salary of $20,000
  • Red Schoendienst $16,000


The decade finishes to be the most successful one to date as they won 960 games and 580 for a .623 winning percentage. Ending the Most Successful Decade to Date.