1971- Torre won the MVP award


The 1971 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team’s 90th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 80th season in the National League.

90-72, Finished 2nd in NL East
Manager: Red Schoendienst (90-72)
GM: Bing Devine
Scored 739 runs, Allowed 699 runs

Opening Day Lineup

Matty Alou
Lou Brock
Jose Cardenal
Joe Hague
Julian Javier
Jerry Reuss
Ted Simmons
Ted Sizemore
Joe Torre

Pitching Staff

SP  Steve Carlton
SP  Reggie Cleveland
SP  Bob Gibson
SP  Jerry Reuss
RP  Frank Linzy
RP  Don Shaw
RP  Chuck Taylor
CL  Moe Drabowsky


Bob Gibson  $150,000.00
Lou Brock  $110,000.00
Joe Torre  $110,000.00
Steve Carlton  $40,000.00
Stan Williams  $40,000.00
Dick Schofield  $32,000.00
Jerry McNertney  $25,000.00
Bob Burda  $21,500.00
Rudy Arroyo  $12,750.00
Bob Chlupsa  $12,750.00
Jose Cruz  $12,750.00
Al Hrabosky  $12,750.00
Mike Jackson  $12,750.00
Luis Melendez  $12,750.00
Harry Parker  $12,750.00
Milt Ramirez  $12,750.00
Jorge Roque  $12,750.00

Season Notes

The Cardinals scrapped their traditional buttoned jerseys for T-shirt style uniform tops, and would keep them until they switched back in 1992.

Third baseman Joe Torre won the MVP Award this year, batting .363, with 24 home runs and 137 RBIs. Pitcher Bob Gibson won a Gold Glove this year, and threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 14.