* 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals
* a record 24-time All-Star
* 3,630 lifetime hits
* 475 home runs
* named NL MVP three times
* Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969 (the year before I was born)
...but perhaps the most important part of his career, missed the 1945 season to serve in the US Navy; and last month was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest honor that can be bestowed to a civilian.
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