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St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals and the Yankees, 1926 : a classic season and St. Louis in seven
Paul E. Doutrich.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2011.
The two pennant winners in 1926, the National League's Cardinals and the American League's Yankees, were a study in contrasts. The Yankees were heavily composed of ?rst- and second-generation Americans and based in New York, the epicenter of baseball; the Cardinals, on the other hand, were mostly a collection of farm boys playing at the western fringe of the major leagues. But both teams arrived battle-tested, as St. Louis had fought a long, close race with Cincinnati and New York had survived a dramatic late-season run by Cleveland. Their classic World Series meeting went seven games and produced one of the legendary pitcher-batter confrontations of baseball history.
     
Stan Musial : baseball's perfect knight ; a story told from the pages of the St. Louis post-dispatch.
 
Marceline, MO : St. Louis Post-Dispatch Books, c2010.
Celebrate the 90th birthday of Stan "The Man" Musial with the Post-Dispatch's new book! "Stan Musial - Baseball's Perfect Knight" tells the story of Stan's childhood, and his quick rise to baseball history in St. Louis. Loaded with archival photos, this book is sure to win a coveted place on your bookshelf!
     
Stan the man : the life and times of Stan Musial
Wayne Stewart.
Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books, c2010.
Finally, here is a biography of Stan Musial that is worthy of the player himself. The author, who grew up in Musial's hometown, has spent years researching the slugger's life and career. The result is a biography broad in scope and deep in analysis. Stan the Man details not only the personality and the accomplishments of the man but artfully examines Musial's life against the backdrop of the Great Depression (which the already-impoverished Musial family endured), race and integration, and the tragedy that struck his hometown of Donora, Pennsylvania, and claimed many lives, including ultimately his father's.
     
Baseball's first lady : Helene Hathaway Robison Britton and the St. Louis Cardinals
Joan M. Thomas.
St. Louis, Mo. : Reedy Press, c2010.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 142-148) and index.
     
The Cardinals of Cooperstown
by Greg Marecek and Myron Holtzman ; foreword by Mike Shannon.
St. Louis, Mo. : Reedy Press, c2010.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]).
     
100 things Cardinals fans should know & do before they die
Derrick Goold.
Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books, c2010.
All fans want to see their team win a World Series in their lifetime. It's the most exultant experience any baseball fan can have. But being a Cardinals fan is about more than watching your team win the World Series. 100 Things Cardinals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die will help fans of the Redbirds get the most out of being a fan. It takes 125 years of Cardinals history and distills it to the absolute best and most compelling, identifying in an informative, lively, and illuminating way the personalities, events, and facts every Cardinal fan should know without hesitation. Numbers with huge import, such as 10, .331, and 938, nicknames such as Dizzy and Ducky and Stan the Man, memorable moments, singular achievements, and signature calls all highlight the list of 100.
     
Albert Pujols : simply the best
Rob Rains ; [foreword by John Rooney].
Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books, c2009.
Thanks to a computer generation, it takes only a few keystrokes to compile a list of statistics verifying Albert Pujols' status as the game's best hitter.  Every fan old enough to punch out the space next to his name on the All-Star ballot can tell you that Pujols is the only player in baseball history to hit .300, hit 30 or more home runs and drive in 100 or more runs in his first eight seasons in the majors. One more statistic - Pujols does not turn 30 years old until next January.  Albert Pujols: Simply the Best offers a compelling portrait of this superstar's life and career.
     

Home plate from Busch Stadium (Grand Avenue location) was brought to then new Busch Stadium downtown for the first game in 1966.

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How much do you know about your St. Louis Cardinals?

  • Cardinal team history stretches from 1882 (the team started in the American Association and moved to the National League in 1892) to today
  • Since 1882 the team's won 4 American Association titles, 17 National League pennants, and 10 World Series.
  • In 1900 the team adopted the name the 'Cardinals'
  • Before that time, the team was known as the Brown Stockings (1882), Browns (1883-1898), and Perfectos (1899).
  • The Cardinals participated in both the '1944 trolley car Series' when they played their crosstown rivals the Browns and '1985 I-70 Series' against the Kansas City Royals.
  • The new Busch stadium opened in 2006 and is the third Busch stadium for the Cardinals.
  • The team also played at Busch Stadium on Grand Avenue [1953-1965] and in downtown St. Louis' Busch Memorial Stadium from 1966 to 2005.
  • In addition to the Busch Stadiums, the St. Louis baseball team played games at Union Park (1892-1897), League Park (1897), Robison Field (1899-1920) and Sportsman's Park (1920-1952).
  • The current Busch Memorial Stadium will host the 2009 All-Star Game.
  • Thirty-six St. Louis Cardinals players and managers are in the Hall of Fame. Visitors can see the spikes worn by Lou Brock, Frankie Frisch's bat, and Joe Medwick's jersey.

(from St. Louis Media Archives)

Cardinal broadcast team, Jack Buck, Harry Caray and Joe Garagiola, in the 1950s

  • The Cardinals won 1,041 games under man ager Red Schoendienst. He skippered the team three different times in four decades, including pennants in 1967 and 1968.
  • Some remember Dizzy (Jerome Herman) Dean as a broadcaster, while others recall his days as a member of the 'Gas House Gang' of the 1930s. It was 1934 when Dizzy and his brother Paul combined to win 49 games in a single season.
  • Jack Buck may be the best known Cardinal broadcaster. But thirty-one other broadcasters beginning with Garnett Marks in 1927 called the ballgames for fans throughout the years.

 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff