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On This Date in Cardinals History: Aug. 12, 1946

Cardinals legend Stan Musial collected four hits in four trips to the plate on this date 65 years ago to lead his club to a 5-0 victory over the Cubs.

He's had 12 hits in his last three games  -- a double header against the Reds and the single game against the Wee Bears -- to raise his batting average from .359 to .375. He had four hits in five at bats in each of the Cincinnati games for 12 safeties in 14 trips to the plate as the Redbirds won all three contests.

Musial went on to win the National League batting crown in 1946 with a .365 mark and he led the league with 238 hits -- a remarkable 50 doubles, 20 triples and 16 homers. He was an All-Star that season and at its end was named the senior circuit's most valuable player.