The 5 greatest catchers in St. Louis Cardinals history

DENVER, CO - JULY 03: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an eighth inning RBI single against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 3, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 03: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an eighth inning RBI single against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 3, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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ST. LOUIS, MO – OCTOBER 1968: Tim McCarver #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Detroit Tigers during the 1968 World Series in October 1968, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Tigers won the series 4 games to 3. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO – OCTOBER 1968: Tim McCarver #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Detroit Tigers during the 1968 World Series in October 1968, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Tigers won the series 4 games to 3. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

Number 3 — Tim McCarver

Tim McCarver started his 21-year MLB career with a debut behind the plate for the Cardinals on September 10, 1959, at the age of 17. Over the course of his 12 seasons with the Cardinals, McCarver would grow from a teenager with promise into one of the most successful players in St. Louis postseason history.

Tim McCarver etched his name into St. Louis Cardinals history with his play in the World Series

McCarver suited up for the Cardinals in three World Series (1964 vs. New York Yankees, 1967 vs. Boston Red Sox, and 1968 vs. Detroit Tigers). His career slash line in the Fall Classic (21 games) stands at .311/.384/.500. He currently ranks second in Cardinals World Series history in hits with 23, while also ranking third in RBI with 11, and fifth in batting average (.311).

One of those hits was came during Game 5 of the 1964 World Series as McCarver belted a three-run, 10th-inning home run on the road off New York’s Pete Mikkelsen as the Cardinals would grab a 5-2 victory and 3-2 edge in the World Series. The Yankees would win Game 6 in St. Louis before the Cardinals rallied for a 7-5 victory in Game 7, with McCarver going 1-for-2 and plating a run.

McCarver earned two All-Star Game appearances during his time in St. Louis.