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A short history of brief Cardinals (come read about Tige Stone) as well as yesterday at VEB.

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Last Thursday I published an article called, "A brief history of short Cardinals," which was pretty self-explanatory in the title. Upon request...

...here now is a short history of brief Cardinals.

Using Baseball-Reference's Play Index, I did a search for position players who had ten or less total plate appearances wearing the birds on the bat. Here are the stat leaders:

AVG - 1.000 (3 players): Manuel Lee (1 PA) - 1995; Larry Herndon (1 PA) - 1974; Tige Stone (3 PA) - 1973

OBP - 1.000 (3 players): same as above

SLG - 1.000 (6 players): Lee, Herdon, Stone, John Murphy (4 PA) - 1902; Skeeter Barnes (4 PA) - 1987; Doug Clarey (4 PA) - 1976

Hits - 4: Cody Stanley (10 PA) - 2015

2B - 2: Doug DeCinces (9 PA) - 1987

3B - 1: Heinie Peitz (5 PA) - 1913

HR - 2 (2 players): Barnes, Clarey

RBI - 3 (2 players): Barnes, Stanley

SB - 1 (2 players): Shawn Gilbert (2 PA) - 1998; Wally Kimmick (2 PA) - 1919

bWAR - 0.1 (7 players): Murphy, Sam Fishburn (6 PA) - 1919; Lou Scoffic (8 PA) - 1936; Floyd Wicker (4 PA) - 1968; Jack Slattery (10 PA) - 1906; Jim Brown (4 PA) - 1915; Benny Ayala (3 PA) - 1977

Of all the players listed above, Tige Stone should probably be regarded as the best brief Cardinal. Those three plate appearances he saw with the Cardinals were it for his entire career and he ranks tied for second all time in OPS in the history of baseball with players with at least that many. Also, he has the best Baseball-Reference photo I've ever seen.

Here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:

Frustrating birds

I wrote about the maddening affair that is the 2016 Cardinals.

Down on the farm

The parent club is frustrating but as Josey Curtis notes Springfield and Peoria both recently clinched playoff births.

Adam Wainwright is a dad

Adam Wainwright's kids made him a shirt for Father's Day and it's hilarious.

El Gallo's bowling fundraiser

Several VEBers stopped by Carlos Martinez's bowling fundraiser last week and chronicled the event. You can visit Carlos's foundation here.

Cardinals vs Cubs

In a perfect world the Cardinals would destroy the Cubs every year. They didn't destroy them last night but they won 3-2 and that's good enough. You can read the game thread here and the recap here.

Enjoy your Tuesday, everyone.