Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/11/11
At least 40 men have worn the number 11 on their St. Louis Cardinals uniform jersey since 1923. They include such notables as Specs Toporcer, Terry Moore, Pepper Martin, Howie Pollet, Ray Jablonski, Alvin Dark, Dick Schofield, Hector Cruz, Don Kessinger, Bernie Carbo and Glenn Brummer. The latter was proudly sporting the digits when he famously stole third base and then home on August 22, 1985 to win an extra-inning game over the Giants during the pennant race. Here on 11/11/11, just days after the club won its 11th World Championship, it seems only natural to acknowledge the longest holder of the number, Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo. A versatile middle infielder, Oquendo was acquired from the Mets in 1985 and spent that season in Triple-A. With St. Louis, “The Secret Weapon” wore 11 from 1986 until his retirement as an active player. That occurred after he failed to make the team in Tony La Russa’s first spring training with St. Louis in 1996. After two years coaching in...
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