Former Cardinals Marion dies

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Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion has passed away at the age of 93.

The Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Marion, the 1944 National League MVP, died of a heart attack on Tuesday night.

A native of South Carolina, Marion spent 11 of his 13 major-league seasons with the Cardinals (1940-50). He ended his career with the then-St. Louis Browns from 1952-53 as a player-manager.

Playing for four pennant-winning Cards clubs (1942-1944, 1946), Marion was a lifetime .263 hitter with 36 homers, 272 doubles and 624 RBI in 1,572 games.

The seven-time All-Star, nicknamed "The Octopus" due to his lanky 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, helped the Cardinals earn three championships in five seasons.

In an era when both leagues were largely gutted by enlistments for World War II, Marion took home the '44 MVP based more on his leadership qualities rather than statistics. He hit just .267 with six homers and 63 RBI in 144 games.

Marion was named Cardinals manager for the 1951 season, but was out after one year despite an 81-73 record. He became skipper of the Browns the following year, and went 96-161 mark in one-plus seasons. The White Sox hired him in 1954, and Marion was manager through the 1956 campaign.


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