Take me out to the ballpark

As I have mentioned several times before, I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. But I don’t usually keep up until the post-season. The Cards manage to be in the post season a lot, good for me. And this year they have not disappointed, they’re back! I don’t know how far they will get but I will hoop and holler all the way. The Cardinals are what I feel as the American Way. Watching the St Louis Cardinals are to me like most Americans think of 4th of July fireworks, apple pie and the flag. Don’t get me wrong, whether they win or lose I will always be a fan.

I grew up in St Louis, as if anyone in the world doesn’t know this already. So I was brought up and raised rooting for the Cards. We went to games @ Busch Stadium and watched on TV when we couldn’t go. The whole city is so involved. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. I am going to share with you some of the Cardinals amazing facts…

The Cardinals were founded in 1882 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings, named after the popular fashion of carrying gorilla feces in one’s socks, which was the style at the time. WTH! Ewwww. Wait, is this really true?? Does anyone know?

In 1892, the team moved to the National League and changed the team name to the St. Louis Browns. So much better.

In 1899, the name was changed to the Perfectos, and in 1900, the name was changed to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals have won more than 9,300 games, 11 World Series Championships, 18 National League Pennants, 3 National League Eastern Division Titles, and 8 National League Central Division Titles.

In March of 1996 a group of investors led by Bill DeWitt Jr. purchased the Cardinals from Anheuser Busch. I had no idea.

Over the last 16 seasons, the team has finished in first place eight times, won three NL pennants and two World Series while drawing over 50 million fans.

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum (www.cardinals.com/museum) collection is the largest team-held collection in Major League Baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and over 80,000 archival photographs.

On September 11, 1974, the St. Louis Cardinals won a game against the New York Mets, after 7 hours 4 minutes, and 25 innings, also tied for the longest game to a decision in major league history.  St. Louis won, 4–3.  This was the longest game played to a decision without a suspension.

The Cardinals have won the World Series in 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006 and 2011.

St. Louis is home of the best fans in baseball and one of the top baseball cities in the country, according to a USA TODAY survey done in 2009. Hell yeah!

The heat is sweltering, with tourists desperately searching for air conditioning. But six hours before game time, and fans already are congregated outside Busch Stadium. They take pictures of Stan Musial, Lou Brock and the other statues of Cardinals greats outside the ballpark. They run toward anyone who looks like a ballplayer, hoping for an autograph. They buy souvenirs in the gift shop and beers at broadcaster Al Hrabosky’s bar after eating lunch at Shannon’s, the popular restaurant owned by Cardinals radio voice Mike Shannon. St. Louis is generally considered one of the best baseball towns in America, with fans more numerous, knowledgeable, and committed than in most cities. The Cardinals have been one of the most successful baseball franchises in history with 18 National League pennants and a National League record 11 World Series Championships. They are second only to the New York Yankees (who have 27) in total World Series Championships. In case I haven’t mentioned this enough in this post. LOL.
Anyway, the bottom line is that the StL Cardinals and their fans are awesome. End of story.

1 Comment

  1. Susie

    You have got this right, Nanette!!! Go Cards!!


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