On This Date in Cardinals History: Dec. 2, 1948

Posted by Scott Wuerz on December 2, 2013 

On this date 65 years ago St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Stan Musial received the National League Most Valuable Player Award after what would turn out to be the greatest season of his legendary career.

Musial led the Senior Circuit in batting average (.376), runs (135), RBIs (131), hits (230), doubles (46), triples (18), on-base percentage (.450) and slugging percentage (.702) to secure his third MVP trophy.

Proving that voter shenanigans aren't just a modern issue, Musial somehow didn't collect all the first place ballots. He got 19 with pitcher Johnny Sain, who had a 24-15 record and 2.60 ERA, picking up five. Alvin Dark, in his first full season, hit .322 with three homers and an on-base percentage 97 points less than Stan the Man's mark and managed to get one first place vote despite not leading the NL in any major statistical category. I wonder how he was related to that balloter.

 

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