While many Audrain County St. Louis Cardinals fans were getting ready to enjoy cheering on six players in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, most don’t know that an Audrain County town was the birthplace of a Cardinals player many years ago.
According to websites like MLB.com, Baseball Reference.com, and Baseball-Almanac.com, former Cardinals’ second baseman Raymond Copeland Rolling had roots in Martinsburg.
Rolling was born on September 8, 1866 in Martinsburg, Missouri.
His career included Minor League stops at several Missouri teams between 1905-1912 before getting the call to the Cardinals.
In 1912, he played five games and had three hits in 15 at-bats. He finished his stint with a .200 batting average. Defensively, he had nine put outs and one error in 19 total chances.
Rolling went on to play four more years in the minor leagues and finished his career with a .255 batting average.
He was 5’10” and weighed 160 lbs.
Rolling died on August 25, 1966 and was buried in St. Paul, Minnesota in Lakeview Cemetery.