Marty Marion – Smooth All-Around Player

slick fielder

From 1940-50, Marion led the National League shortstops in fielding percentage four times, despite several other players being moved around the infield during these years. In 1941 he played all 154 games at shortstop (also a league-high) and in 1947 he made only 15 errors for a consistent .981 percentage.

Born December 1, 1916

Debut April 16, 1940  – BOXSCORE

good hitter

Marion was also a better-than-average hitter for a shortstop. His most productive season came in 1942, when he hit .276 with a league-leading 38 doubles. In the 1942 World Series, one of four series in which he participated with the Cardinals, he helped his team to a World Championship. In 1943 he batted a career-high .280 in the regular season and hit .357 in the 1943 World Series.


In 1951 Marion managed the Cardinals and was replaced by Eddie Stanky at the end of the season.

career numbers

In 13-seasons, Marion posted these numbers:

  • .263 batting average
  • 36 home runs
  • 624 RBI’s
  • 8-time All Star
  • 3-time World Series Champion
  • NL MVP 1944
  • 356-372 Managerial record