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On This Date in Cardinals History, Aug. 11, 1946

On this date 66 years ago Stan Musial collected eight hits in 10 at bats during a double header against Cincinnati.

The Man went 4-for-5 in each game. In the first he hit a triple and had three singles and a walk to score three runs and drive in another. The Redbirds beat the Redlegs 15-4 with Murray Dickson notching the victory and Johnny Vander Meer suffering the loss.

In the second game, Musial homered and doubled along with two singles to score twice and drive home his 72nd run for the season. The Cardinals won 7-3 with Johnny Beazley getting the win and Ewell Blackwell absorbing the loss.

The outburst drove the St. Louis first baseman's average to .369 for the year with a 1.015 OPS. He ended the 1946 campaign with a .365 batting average to lead the senior circuit for the second of seven times in his career and he won the NL MVP Award for the second of three times.

Not bad for a guy who six years earlier, on Aug. 11, 1940, injured his shoulder in a minor league game and nearly ended his career before it started.

Instead of hanging up his spikes, Musial converted from a pitcher to an outfielder/first baseman and the rest is history.

The Birds finished 98-58 and won the World Series over the Red Sox.

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