Originally written on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 12/12/12
With the special day that is upon us, December 12, 2012, I decided to take a quick look at some of the notables to have worn the jersey for the St. Louis Cardinals. The most recent number 12 is, of course, Lance Berkman. The long-time Houston Astros star arrived in St. Louis on the rebound after a mid-season 2010 trade to the Yankees that led nowhere. Assigned to take his balky knees to right field in 2011, the switch-hitter became the National League Comeback Player of the Year, being one of the leaders of the Cardinals’ World Championship run. The injuries returned in 2012, however, as Berkman played in just 32 games. Turning 37 in the spring, the Houston resident is again a free agent and may retire. During the Tony La Russa years, a series of middle infielders often donned number 12. It began with Luis Alicea in his return to the Cardinals in 1996, followed by long-time Cubs star Shawon Dunston in 2000. Late in his first of two stints as a Cardinal, Miguel Cairo shifted to...
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