Not exactly a lightweight.

And we have our first Cardinals-related news of the Winter Meetings.

The Hall of Fame announced today that among its newest inductees is former Cards manager Billy Southworth. His numbers at the helm of the Redbirds are pretty stunning — aside from a half-season as player-manager, Southworth helmed the team for six years. Playing a 154-game schedule, they won at least 95 games in five of those years. They won three pennants and two World Series.

Southworth had an absolutely ridiculous .642 winning percentage as Cardinal manager. To put it in current-day terms, when he was the St. Louis manager, he won 104 out of every 162 games.

Congratulations to Southworth’s family, not to mention the other honorees today: **** Williams, Walter O’Malley (obviously a choice that’s not going to go over well in some parts of New York), Bowie Kuhn and Barney Dreyfuss.


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