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Cardinals of Yore: Miller Huggins

Hall of Fame major league manager Miller Huggins was born on this date in 1878 in Cincinnati.

He played his first six seasons in the big leagues with his home town Reds. But Huggins was traded to the Cardinals in February 1910 and become the team's second baseman and, by 1913, its player-manager.

Huggins led the National League in plate appearances (688) and walks (116) in his first St. Louis season as a player. He was only a .265 hitter but managed a .399 on base percentage.

In his five seasons at the helm of the Redbirds, huggins was 346-415, a .455 winning percentage. His best finishes were in 1913 and 1917 when he led the Cardinals to third-place finishes.

In 1918 Huggins left the Cardinals to become skipper of the emerging powerhouse New York Yankees where he would leave his longest lasting mark.

In between his tangles with baseball's biggest superstar, Babe Ruth, Huggins guided the Bronx Bombers to six pennants and three World Series titles in his 12 years as manager there.

Huggins resigned his job as manager of the Yankees in September 1929 because of health issues and died five days later. He was only 51 years old.

The Yankees placed a monument to Huggins near the flag pole in deep centerfield at old Yankee Stadium in 1976. He was the first person to be honored in what would eventually become Monument Park.

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