Best players by number in St. Louis Cardinals history: 69-60

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Aug 25, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Thomas Pham (60) bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Cardinals won 9-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

We continue our countdown of the best Cardinals players to wear each jersey number with the players who wore numbers in the 60s.

Here at Arch Authority, we’ve been counting down the best St. Louis Cardinals players to wear each jersey number, and today we continue the exercise with the best players to wear digits in the 60s.

Cardinals players have worn numbers in the 60s on 77 different occasions, beginning with Gerónimo Peña (60), Stan Clarke (61), Howard Hilton (62), and Mike Perez (63), all of whom wore those numbers during the 1990 season. The only number in the 60s which has never been worn by a Cardinals player–for rather obvious reasons–is No. 69.

While numbers in the 60s have generally been issued to players who have received in-season call-ups–and with a few rare exceptions, those players have generally switched to better numbers if they’ve lasted on the major-league roster–there have been more than a few very talented players who have worn digits from 60-68.

We get things started with the first player in Cardinals history to wear No. 68:

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