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Cardinals of Yore: Lindy McDaniel

Happy 75th birthday to former Cardinals hurler Lindy McDaniel.

Known as one of the best relievers of his time -- starting in an era when relief pitching started to come into its own as a vital component of baseball -- McDaniel had an impressive, two-decade-long career.

But the Cardinals have a rich tradition of fielding teammate brothers. And McDaniels, Lindy and Von -- not to mention Dizzy and Paul Dean and Andy and Alan Benes were around a long time before the Birds started trying to convince Bengie Molina to be his little brother's understudy.

Lindy made his debut with the Cardinals at 19 in 1955 and he remained with St. Louis through the 1962. In that time he was 66-54 with a 3.88 ERA and 64 saves. He went on to pitch for the Cubs (1963-65), the Giants (1966-68), the Yankees (1968-73) and the Royals (1974-75).

McDaniel remains the most recent pitcher to hit a home run for the Yankees, according to his website. He accomplished the job in 1972 at Tiger Stadium.

Von McDaniel pitched in 19 games for the Cardinals in 1957 and 1958, breaking into the big leagues at the age of 18. He was 7-5 with an ERA of 3.22 his rookie season.

But, like an earlier day Rick Ankiel, Von McDaniel suffered from arm problems and chronic control issues and washed out in his second season. He tried to make it back to the majors as an outfielder but never got beyond Class AAA.

Similar to the Benes brothers whose youngest brother, Adam, was also a pitcher who was in the Cardinals system but never made it to the big leagues, the McDaniels had a third brother. Kerry McDaniel pitched three seasons in the bush leagues with the Cardinals.