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Cardinals of Yore: Joe Magrane

Joe Magrane was one of the most colorful Cardinals of the 1980s, even if he never really reached the heights some thought he would when he arrived on the scene as a 22-year-old rookie on the 1987 World Series team.

He was best known for being something of a fashion plate -- which you may have noticed if you have seen some of his snazzy pin-striped suits in his current role as an anchor of the MLB Tonight desk on the MLB network.

That rep got the best of Magrane when the lefty pitcher was asked to do a fall fashion photo shoot for GQ magazine. He posed for hours on a hot August day beneath the summer sun on the AstroTurf at Busch Stadium II modeling wool suits, sweaters and thick corduroys.

A week after the photo session was done, manager Whitey Herzog called a team meeting during which Magrane received a telegram: "Roses are red. Violets are Blue. You've been had, there is no GQ."

In 1988, Magrane suffered some of the worst support for a starter in Cardinals history. He won the National League ERA title but only five of 14 decisions. And in three of those wins he shut out the other team to get the victory.

The following year, Magrane has his best major league season, going 18-9 with a 2.91 ERA. Over the course of his career, the southpaw would win only 57 games while losing 67. Arm troubles cut him short after parts of eight seasons and he retired at 31.

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