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St. Louis Cardinals Baseball

Updated on June 21, 2015

The St. Louis Cardinals

Growing up in the Midwest, and being a long time St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, I have learned that for over 125 years, the Cardinals have been synonymous with winning baseball. With eleven World Series titles (including the 2011 crown), seventeen Most Valuable Player Awards, and two Cy Young Awards, the Redbirds have a long and established record of being one of the most successful Major League teams in history.

Public domain image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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dizzy dean

Cardinals Baseball: A Brief History

The Early Years

As one of the most storied franchises in baseball, the history of Cardinals reaches all the way back to the launch of the team in 1882. The St. Louis Brown Stockings was the initial name of the organization. After two name changes, the Brown Stockings became the Cardinals in the the year 1900. The true glory days of the Cardinals began in 1926 when they won their first World Series, by defeating the New York Yankees in seven games. The Redbirds continued their success in the 30's and 40's by capturing five more World Series titles, including a 1934 Series win over the Detroit Tigers by the infamous Gashouse Gang and Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean (pictured).

Public domain photo courtesy Wikimedia/Time Magazine

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stan the man musial

Hall of Fame outfielder Stan 'The Man' Musial played 22 seasons for the Cardinals (1941-1944, 1946-1963), winning seven batting titles during that span. Musial amassed 3630 hits -1815 at home and 1815 on the road during his tenure. In 2011, President Obama granted Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can obtain.

Public domain photo courtesy Wikimedia/Bowman Gum

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bob gibson

More Recent History

1960s to Present

After the Cardinals captured their sixth World Series title in 1946, they would experience a drought that would not see them win another National League pennant until 1964. Pictured to the right is Bob Gibson (arguably the greatest St. Louis pitcher of all time) would help pitch the Cards to World Series titles in 1964 and 1967, and a narrow seven game defeat to the Detroit Tigers in 1968. Manager Whitey Herzog would lead the Cardinals to their next World Series title in 1982, with a seven game series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cards won National League pennants in 1985, 1987, 2004, and a World Series title in 2006, with a five game victory over the Detroit Tigers. The Redbirds won their most recent World Series in 2011, with a thrilling seven game victory that came at the expense of the heavily favored Texas Rangers.

Public domain photo courtesy Wikimedia/Baseball Digest

Out With the Old....

This photo was taken after the last regular season game ever played at the "second" Busch Stadium on October 2nd, 2005. This version of Busch served as the Cardinals home from 1966 through the 2005 season.

Photo courtesy TPaul Galleries

Busch Stadium III

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Busch Stadium St. Louis

Downtown St. Louis, Missouri is the site for the third version of Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals play their home games. The current Busch Stadium opened in 2006, and holds just under 47,000 fans. It was preceded by two earlier versions of Busch and one of Sportsman Park, which served as the Cardinals first home in 1882. To view the Busch Stadium seating chart along with ticket prices click here.

Creative Commons photo courtesy Wikimedia/Kevin Ward

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Wednesday-Elf: Sorry, the link I left is incorrect. Find your feature here: http://reviewthispersonalreviews.blogspot.com/

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Always love stories about my favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. This lens is featured on the Review This blog today. http://reviewthispersonalreviews.blogspot.com/2014...

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Everybody loves the St. Louis Cardinals!

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Cardinals were wise to not try to match the Angels in their offer for Mr. Pujols.

      I enjoyed this lens, even though my teams are A's (American League) and Giants (National League). Glad the Giants were able to take out the Cardinals in the NLCS last year.

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      compugraphd 5 years ago

      B"H

      I have a hierarchy -- 1) Mets 2) Angels 3) Red Sox and 4) Redbirds. I like the Cardinals for a few reasons 1) My Father is a long time fan (even though he grew up in New England) 2) I was a fan back when the Cards beat the Yanks in the world series (anyone who beats the Yankees can't be all bad, lol) and 3) They had a vegetarian manager until this year.

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      joystickenvy lm 5 years ago

      Love the cards and your page. The photos of the new and old stadiums are great and I like the history section as well. The team is off to a great start this year. Hope they keep it up. High Five!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Returning to tell you that since I last visited I have moved back to Missouri -- in fact, to St. Louis -- home of the St. Louis Cardinals! So happy to be back in 'Cardinal Country'. Can't wait for Opening Day! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for all the information, well done!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I learned a lot here!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Big, big Cardinal Fan -- lived in Missouri for 11 years and follow the Cardinals all the time and still do to this day, 17 years after leaving Missouri! In fact, I'm giving serious thought to moving back to St. Louis .... well, not just because of the Cardinals, but because my daughter now lives there! Loved watching Willie McGee play in person -- great arm - he could throw a ball all the way from the wall in outfield to home plate like no one else I've ever seen! Also a big fan of Ozzie Smith from the 1980s when I lived in Missouri. One of my favorite memories with a Cardinal connection was meeting Stan Musial in person! And Jack Buck, whom I also got to meet, is my all-time favorite baseball announcer! Lensrolling this St. Louis Cardinals Baseball story to my Collection of Cardinals lens where I featured all MY favorite Cardinals, including Bob Gibson!

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      BIG Time Cardinal Fan! Glad to see you featured Bob Gibson. 5*s!

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very nice Cardinal lens. We spend each March in Jupiter watching Cardinal Spring training! It's a great time!

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Terrific Cardinal site. Enjoyed the visit and reading.

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      lefty78 8 years ago

      Nice lens...i am a cubs fan, but a fan of baseball history and the cardinals have a great one...check out my group Total Baseball

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great work! Always glad to see a baseball fanatic on here! Although I have to admit I am a huge Los Angeles Angels Fan!

      You've really done some great work here. Great original content and a good collection of fan loot! An easy 5 stars and favorite. I will definitely stumble this one! Check out my lens at http://www.squidoo.com/daycareschoolonline

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      22Hicks 8 years ago

      Is it me or does it seem like 20 years since the Cards won the World Series? I swear it's hard to remember the win only a few short years ago. Take a look at my site at The Baseball Bat Reviews Blog

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Neat stuff about one of major league baseball's oldest and best teams. Well done!

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