Today, I had the pleasure of venturing out for a walking tour of Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Team. There’s no argument, when it comes to the fact, that St. Louis, Missouri, is a true-blue baseball town. Yes, I know they lost their football team, the Rams, to Los Angeles, California, this year, but it will be a very cold day in Hell before St. Louis would ever lose their baseball team! Way back in the last 1800’s their first team was the St. Louis Brown Stockings. Eventually, the name “Stockings” was dropped, and they were known as simply The Browns. Then, sometime during the 1920’s the owner’s wife was decorating the tables of a church function, adorned with cardboard cut-outs of a cardinal bird sitting on top of some twig branches, when the husband / owner of the Browns (at that time) had the bird-brain idea (yes, that was a pun) to change the name of the Browns to the Cardinals. Apparently the name stuck.
Here are a few, er’ I mean a bunch, of photos from today’s journey. No, I did not post all 100 of them….
Outside the Busch Stadium there are some really cool statues of some of the famous players whom have been a part of the Cardinal organization.
Jack Buck was an announcer for the Cardinals for like, a millions years. He was great! (I know, bad photography. You can see my silhouette within the photo)
“Stan-the-man”, or just simply Stan Musial was a living legion with the Cardinals.
When entering the stadium, there was no grass. They have taken all the grass up, and they are redoing the field drainage system.
The tour took us up stairs to the Press Box, as well as other viewing areas and some of the fan areas if you were to come to a game at Busch Stadium!
The tour even took us down to the dugouts!
The Cardinal 1967 World Championship Trophy
First ball pitched in the World Series of 1926
Of course (to me) the tour would not have been complete without a photo of (one of my favorites) an autographed baseball from Ozzie Smith