2006 Bowman Heritage Mini #103 Chris Carpenter
The Cardinals took a chance by signing Carpenter to a 1-year deal in December of 2002. Chris had never posted an ERA lower than four and he was coming off an injury plagued season in which he underwent Tommy John surgery. That risk paid off with dividends.
Chris recorded 15 wins and a 3.46 ERA in 2004--his first full season with the Cardinals. In 2005, he won they Cy young Award and is the only Cardinals pitcher to have received that honor other than Bob Gibson.
Carpenter anchored the Cardinals pitching staff for a decade which included two World Series Championships (2006 and 2011). Speaking of the World Series, Chris had 3 wins, no losses, and a 2.00 ERA in the Fall Classic. That's a winner.