A two-time all star, Cunningham played 12 seasons in the big leagues, breaking in with St. Louis in 1954, then making a three-year stop with the Chicago White Sox, before retiring with Washington in 1966. Along the way he had a couple of outstanding seasons. His best was probably 1959 when he hit .345 for the Cardinals. He led the National League in on base percentage (.453) that season, earning his first trip to the All-Star Game and getting MVP votes in the process. A good hitter, Cunningham finished his career with a .291 mark. Following his playing career, Cunningham was a minor league manager and major league coach for the Cardinals.
Joe Cunningham – career stats