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'Flashes of brilliance' from Gary Bennett came at a pivotal time for 2006 Cardinals

Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel continues his "Where are they now?" series on former Cardinals.

Every major league ballplayer, no matter the level of his skill, probably is capable of being a dominant player. For some, it will be for a whole career, like for an Albert Pujols. For others, it will be for only a few days, like for a Gary Bennett.

But the record will show that the Cardinals won the National League Central Division title by only 1½ games in 2006, en route to winning their 10th World Series. And it could be stated that backup catcher Bennett provided the margin of victory with back-to-back, walkoff hits, including a grand slam, against the Chicago Cubs in late August of that year.