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Cowboys Stadium : architecture, art, entertainment in the twenty-first century
[texts by David Dillon and David Pagel ; introduction by Michael Auping].
New York : Rizzoli : Distributed to the U.S. trade by Random House, 2010.
The book will be in three sections: 1) a front illustrated essay by David Dillon on the design and constructional history of the stadium 2) a visual "walk-through" of the building, including all the major public spaces and the private behind the scene spaces 3) a focus on the 19 art installations throughout the stadium, with a text by David Pagel.
     
America's classic ballparks
produced by Media Process Group, Inc; hosted by Jeff Daniels.
Chicago, IL : Questar Video, [2010]
  1. DVD.
  2. Hosted by Jeff Daniels
  3. "20th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD"-- Back Cover.
  4. Videodisc release of the 1989 documentary film.
  5. This homerun hit recalls an earlier America that fell in love with baseball and an era when owners built bigger arenas to house our fast-growing national pastime. By 1923, 15 iconic steel and concrete parks had been built, yet no two were alike: Each had its own unique character, and fans were close to the action. Narrated by Golden Globe-nominated actor Jeff Daniels, this documentary traces the history of four classic American ballparks using both archival footage and modern film: Wrigley Field (1914), Comiskey Park (1910), Tiger Stadium (1912), and Fenway Park (1912).
     
Big league ballparks : the complete illustrated history
Gary Gillette and Eric Enders ; with Stuart Shea and Matthew Silverman.
New York : Metro Books, c2009.
Baseball fans may argue over the all-time best pitchers, worst plays in history, or which team will win the pennant, but everyone can agree that the baseball stadium holds a sacred place in American cultural life. In this breathtakingly comprehensive tour of ballparks past and present, readers can enjoy an intimate view of every major league park (more than sixty-five in all): cozy Wrigley Field, magnificent Dodger Stadium, historic Fenway Park, newcomer Miller Park, and much more. Packed with nearly a thousand breathtaking photos that zoom right into the action, this massive tome is a box seat for baseballís evolution from the crude grounds of the 1890s to the opulent new stadiums opened in New York in 2009.nbsp;
     
Hello, Fredbird!
Ozzie Smith ; illustrated by Miguel De Angel.
Chantilly, VA : Mascot Books, c2006.
Fans, grounds crew, and players greet Cardinal's mascot, Fredbird, as he visits the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis for a baseball game.
     

For the majority of St. Louis residents Busch stadium is all they know of major league baseball.  There have been other, earlier stadiums.  But, since 1966 Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis has been where the local action is. 

Three Busch Stadiums

The current Busch stadium 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 1966-2005.

The first downtown Busch stadium was built in 1966, and was just one of a batch of circular "cookie cutter" parks built around the country in the 60s and 70s. 

1966 All-Star Game

Major League Baseball rewarded St. Louis for building a new stadium by awarding them the 1966 All-Star Game. 

Played during the day in July, on-field temperatures were over 100 degrees.  All-Star manager Casey Stengel, given a chance to praise the new facility, gave it a typically twisted endorsement:  "It sure holds the heat well."

Some imaginative touches tied this Busch to its setting:  the 96 arches along the upper rim of the ballpark related strongly to the Gateway Arch that has become the modern symbol of St. Louis.

A BIG ballpark

Old Busch Stadium was a BIG ballpark. Even Mark McGwire was never able to hit a ball out of the park.

Only one person ever managed the feat. Mike Laga, a 9-year journeyman player with a lifetime batting average under .200, pulled a long foul ball entirely out of the stadium in 1986 against the Mets.

The stadium saw baseball, football, rodeos, concerts.  There have been playoffs and World Series.  Many will fondly remember

  • Bob Gibson striking out 17 Tigers in the 1968 World Series.
  • Gussie Busch riding out onto the playing field behind his hitch of Clydesdales.
  • Ozzie Smith greeting the fans with his trademark back flip.
  • Mark McGwire breaking Roger Maris' home run record with #62, then closing out the season with #s 69 and 70.

By forty years later it became a business reality that the this Busch stadium was too old and dated.  It was demolished.  A new Busch Stadium opened downtown in April 2006.  The St. Louis Cardinals concluded the first season in this new Busch Stadium in the best way, winning their 10th World Series title.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff