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On This Date in Cardinals History: Aug. 27, 1957

On this date 55 years ago Stan Musial's streak of consecutive games played came to a painful halt at 895.

The Man tore a muscle swinging at a pitch and the injury would keep him out of Cardinals games -- save for one pinch running assignment -- until Sept. 8.

At the time he was hurt, Musial was batting .340 with 29 homers. Musial didn't hit another ball over the boards for the rest of the season. But he managed to raise him batting average 11 points to compete the year with a .351 mark and 102 RBIs.

That would be good enough for Musial's seventh batting title. He easily outdistanced Willie Mays who batted .333 for the Giants. Musial would also lead the National League in 1957 in on-base percentage at .422 and in on base plus slugging percentage at 1.034.

Musial's streak ranks eighth on the all-time list behind Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games play -- baseball's record least likely to be broken. 

Steve Garvey, of the Dodgers and Padres, holds the record for players who spent their entire career in the National League at 1,207 consecutive games played.

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