Keith Barlow Hernandez (October 20, 1953-) was arguably the one of the greatest fielding first basemen of all-time, having won 11-consecutive National League Gold Gloves (1978-1988) – more than any other first baseman in history. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Keith in the 42nd round of the 1971 MLB Draft, the same year that Joe Torre won the National League MVP award. Hernandez would permanently replace the traded Torre at first base in 1975. Keith struggled slightly at the plate batting .274 in his first five year with the Redbirds, but exploded in 1979 when he led the National League in runs scored (116), doubles (48) and batting average (.344) as he won the batting title and shared the NL MVP Award with Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates star Willie Stargell. He also began his streak of 11 straight National League Gold Gloves and earned his first of five All-Star Game selections. Hernandez, erroneously dubbed “Mex” (he was of Spanish and Scotch-Irish decent), played 17 years in the Majors with the Cardinals (1974-1983), the New York Mets (1983-1989) and the Cleveland Indians (1990). He won two World Series with the Cardinals in 1982 and the Mets in 1986. In 1986, Keith and hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter helped lead a team of youngsters, which included 1983 Rookie of the Year Darryl Strawberry and 1984 ROY Dwight Gooden, to the World Series title over the heavily favored Boston Red Sox. Hernandez played his final season in Cleveland and retired with a .296 career batting average, 2,182 hits including 426 doubles and 126 HRs, 1,124 runs scored and 1,071 RBI. In the field, Keith posted an amazing .994 career fielding percentage with 17,916 putouts, 1,682 assists, 1,654 double plays and 115 errors in 19,713 chances.