We remember Jose Cardenal, a pretty good outfielder born in Matanzas, Cuba on this day in 1943.
Cardenal broke with the Giants in 1963 at age 19. He played with the Angels, Indians, Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Phillies, Mets and retired with the Royals.
His best years were with the Chicago Cubs 1972-77. He had a 296 batting average and a .363 On Base Pct in 6 seasons. Jose became a real fan favorite at Wrigley Field in the 1970’s, as we can see in this cover of Baseball Digest.
Cardenal retired with a .275 career average and 1,913 hits. He made it to The World Series with Kansas City in 1980.