Pitcher Chris Carpenter and catcher, third baseman, first baseman and manager Joe Torre were elected to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame on Friday after online balloting by fans.
Former Collinsville resident Terry Moore, an outfielder for the Cardinals from 1935-42 and 1946-48, was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Red Ribbon Committee of Cardinals experts.
The Cardinals organization, meanwhile, selected former Cardinals president and majority owner Sam Breadon to the Hall of Fame.
Other candidates in the fan balloting were first baseman Keith Hernandez, closer Jason Isringhausen of Brighton, first baseman Mark McGwire, pitcher Matt Morris, shortstop Edgar Renteria and third baseman Scott Rolen. The ballot was selected by the Red Ribbon Committee.
More than 33,000 votes were cast during a six-week process that ended in mid-April.
Carpenter, a three-time All-Star, was 95-44 with a 3.07 ERA in 198 games, all but one of them starts, from 2004-12. Carpenter won the National League Cy Young Award in 2005 when he was 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA in 33 starts. Carpenter led the NL with a 2.24 ERA in 2009.
Carpenter, 41, was 10-4 with a 3.00 ERA In 18 postseason starts, including 3-0 in four World Series assignments. He was the Game 7 winner in 2011 against Texas, allowing two runs (earned) on six hits, with two walks and five strikeouts, in six innings as St. Louis won 6-2.
“My biggest takeaway from ‘Carp’ is just he was probably the most competitive guy I’ve ever been around,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said. “He always struck me as the kind of guy who if he’s playing Wiffle ball with his kid in the backyard, he was trying to strike him out and not letting him get the hit. I say that jokingly, but that’s how he was.
“When he took the mound for the Cardinals, he always gave you a chance to win.”
Torre, 75, played for the Cardinals from 1969-74 and was the NL Most Valuable Player in 1974 when he batted .363 with 24 home runs, 137 RBIs and 230 hits. Torre batted .308 with 98 home runs and 558 RBIs in 918 games with the Cardinals. He eclipsed 100 RBIs three times (1969-71).
Torre managed the Cardinals from 1990-95.
Moore, whose career was interrupted from 1943-45 as he served in the military, died in 1995 at 82. The four-time All-Star was one of the best defensive outfielders in franchise history and batted .280 with 80 homers and 513 RBIs in 1,298 career games.
Moore was part of one of the greatest Cardinals outfielders in history when he was flanked in left field by Stan Musial and in right field by Enos Slaughter.
Breadon was a minority investor in the Cardinals in 1917 and by 1920 was the majority owner. He became club president in 1920 and along with Branch Rickey helped develop the modern-day farm system. He died in 1949.
Under Breadon, the Cardinals won their first World Championship in 1926, defeating the New York Yankees. Breadon wound up helping the Cardinals to nine NL pennants and six World Series titles.
Induction ceremonies for the four new members of the Hall of Fame will be Aug. 27 at Ballpark Village.
Members of the Cardinals Hall of Famer are: Musial, Slaughter, Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., Dizzy Dean, Jim Edmonds, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, George Kissell, Tony La Russa, Marty Marion, Willie McGee, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Mike Shannon, Ted Simmons, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth and Bruce Sutter.