One of the greatest baseball cities of them all, St. Louis has produced a little bit of playing talent along the way. Does your city need a catcher? How about a broadcaster? Plenty to spare here...
THE GATEWAY CITY GANG
** indicates Hall of Famer
* indicates All-Star
MANAGER - Dick Williams (2 WS titles, pennants in Boston, Oakland, San Diego)
PLAYING COACH - Charlie Grimm (last man to manage the Cubs in the WS)
PLAYING COACH - Yogi Berra (two pennants)
COLOURFUL COMMENTARY - Joe Garagiola and Mike Shannon
C Yogi Berra** (3 MVP Awards)
1B Roy Sievers* (318 HR, 1949 ROY)
2B Jimmy Williams (.275, 151 SB)
3B Harry Steinfeldt (1906 batting champ and RBI leader)
SS Charlie Hollocher (.304)
RF Don Mueller* (.296)
CF Pete Reiser* (.295, 1941 batting champ)
LF Norm Siebern* (.275)
DH Elston Howard* (1963 MVP)
C Muddy Ruel (caught 1410 games)
INF Charlie Grimm (.290, 2299 hits)
INF Ron Hunt* (.273, 243 HBP)
INF-OF Sol Hofman (.269)
OF Hoot Evers* (.278)
OF Bernard Gilkey(.275, 118 HR)
SP Pud Galvin** (364-310)
SP Jerry Reuss* (220-191)
SP Silver King (203-154)
SP Ken Holtzman* (174-150)
SP Dickie Kerr (53-34, 2-0 in 1919 WS for the Black Sox)
RP Ken Sanders (1.91, 31 SVs in 1971)
RP Dick Hall (93-75, 3.32 68 SV)
RP Mike Stanton (60-53, 76 SV)
RP Bob L. Miller (69-81, 3.37)
P/OF George Van Haltren (40-31, .316 BAV, 1014 RBI)
This team is going to have to win with pitching and defense and Yogi. Roy Sievers and Berra are the only real power sources. The rest of the lineup consists of line-drive hitters, with occasional pop.
Siebern and Howard both came up with the Yankees in the 1950s, and both played mostly LF their first few years. Siebern became a regular first baseman when he was traded to KC; Howard eventually took over behind the plate when Berra started showing his age.
Our two RH starters (Galvin and King) spent most of their careers before the mound was moved back to 60 feet. We look pretty good from the left side, though.
Now if we could include the Greater Metropolitan Area of St. Louis, we could consider such luminaries as Steve Rogers, Mark Buehrle, Mike Henneman, and Jerry Lumpe. Dal Maxvil could come off the bench for late inning defense. We could also call on Hank Bauer and Homer Bush, who came from East St. Louis, across the Mississipi in the state of Illinois.