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Playbacks: The day the 1967 Cardinals became El Birdos

From the The Playbacks collection: Listen to Cardinals history as it unfolded series
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Welcome to STL Pinch Hits Playbacks. Each week we present an audio re-creation of a moment in St. Louis baseball history, captured from the pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The 1967 Cardinals had one of the most dominant lineups in Cardinals history - but the team was seeking an identity. They found that, courtesy of first baseman Orlando Cepeda.

Also known as “Baby Bull,” Cepeda was here for only two full seasons and part of another, but the two full seasons resulted in two National League pennants, one World Series title and an MVP selection in 1967 when he hit .325 and drove in 111 runs. He was the epitome of “El Birdos” until he was traded after the 1968 season to Atlanta for future MVP and fellow Hall of Famer Torre. 

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