Who is the Cardinals’ G.O.A.T.?

Hall of Famer Stan Musial and Albert Pujols, during a portrait session at Busch Stadium in 2009. (Post-Dispatch photo by Chris Lee)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently started a contest, called the “STL Sports Showdown“, asking fans to choose the greatest St. Louis pro athlete of all time.

Many St. Louis greats (32 in total), from a variety of teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, football Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and even the St. Louis Hawks (of the NBA, before moving to Atlanta), were included on the list, such as: Frankie Frisch, Dan Dierdorf, Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson, Vladimir Tarasenko, Isaac Bruce, Bob Pettit, Lou Brock, Orlando Pace, Yadier Molina, Kurt Warner, Roger Wehrli, Rogers Hornsby, Brett Hull and Jackie Smith.

With many fan votes now in, the contest is a showdown between 2 Cardinal greats: Stan Musial vs. Albert Pujols.

Let’s consider their stats:

Stan Musial spent his entire 22-year major league baseball career playing for the St. Louis Cardinal. He was an all-star in 20 of those seasons. “Stan the Man” complied 3,630 hits, in his career, which still are fourth-highest all-time.

Albert Pujols had 11 great years as a Cardinal, before moving to the Angels. His long resume includes many accolades, such as a National League Rookie of the Year award, three NL MVPs, and two World Series championships.

So, who is the St. Louis (and Cardinals’) GOAT (greatest of all time)?