Former St. Louis Cardinal shortstop Marty Marion is shown here in September 28, 2005 at the old Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt/FILES)

Marty Marion, who was named the MVP in 1944, the same year the Cardinals won the all-St. Louis World Series over the Browns died last evening, March 15, of natural causes. He lived in Ladue, Mo., and was 94.

Marion was regarded as one of the premier shortstops of his time, Marion was part of four World Series teams (1942,’43, ’44, ’46) and a seven-time N.L. All-Star (1943-44, 1946-50). Marion was a career .263 hitter, he led the N.L. in 1942 with 38 doubles, but his defense was what Marion was best known for. He led all N.L. shortstops in fielding percentage four times and in putouts and assists twice each.

Marion went on to manage the Cardinals in 1951 and was a player/manager for the Browns in ’52 and ’53. He also was a manager with the Chicago White Sox organization from 1954-56.