With a legacy that goes back to the Brown Stockings of the old American Association, the St. Louis Cardinals have one of the longest and greatest traditions in the history of baseball. Winners of ten World Series titles (second only to the New York Yankees) and twenty-one pennants dating back to 1885, the Red Birds have established a dynasty across the decades—from Charlie Comiskey’s four-time AA champs, through the “Gas House Gang” of the 1930s and the “Runnin’ Redbirds” in the 1980s, up to the 2006 World Champions. Front-office pioneers like Chris von der Ahe and Branch Rickey have put the Cardinals franchise at the forefront of innovation, while bringing in some of baseball’s greatest talent—pitchers Dizzy Dean to Bob Gibson, sluggers Johnny Mize to Mark McGwire, and all-around superstars like Rogers “Rajah” Hornsby, Stan “the Man” Musial, and Albert Pujols.
St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present traces the history of this storied franchise from its origins in the 1880s to its latest accomplishments on the field. Pairing historic black-and-white photos and contemporary images of the modern game, the book explores the ballparks and the fans, the players and the teams that have defined Cardinals baseball and captured the hearts of fans nationwide.
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Since the 1880s, the St. Louis baseball club has been both a winning presence on the diamond and an influential force in the game of baseball. With championship teams from seven different decades and countless Hall of Famers, the Cardinals have also maintained a large and passionate fan base. Presented here in more than 250 photographs and illustrations is the history of the St. Louis Cardinals and, indeed, the history of our national pastime.
St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present explores every facet of the game and illustrates how things have changed and how they have remained constant for fans and players of Cardinals baseball decade after decade. Chapters highlight everything from team uniforms through the ages and the best player nicknames, to the greatest Cardinals teams and the top players at each position on the field. It takes you to the old wooden ballparks that the original St. Louis Brown Stockings called home in the late 1800s; the classic Sportsman’s Park (later known as Busch Stadium I), where the Cardinals played for nearly half a century; and the two downtown stadiums that have borne the Busch Stadium name—the multipurpose park of the 1960s and the retro-styled ballpark of today.
Exploring the Cardinals’ place in the history of organized baseball, author Doug Feldmann describes how the men in the front office, in the dugout, and on the field revolutionized the way the game was played and established a legacy of winning for more than 125 years. From the championship teams of the 1880s to the Gas House Gang of the 1930s, the wartime dynasty of the 1940s to El Birdos of the 1960s, the Running Redbirds of the 1980s to the heroes of today, St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present is the ultimate tribute to a beloved baseball franchise and American institution.From the Back Cover:
Explore more than a century of Cardinals baseball in this richly illustrated tour of the players, teams, ballparks, and moments that surround this storied franchise. From its origins as the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the American Association to its most recent successes on the field, the Cardinals ball club has a tradition of great moments, great teams, and great players that is virtually unmatched in the game of baseball. Featuring such icons of the sport as Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Albert Pujols, and more, the Cardinals have enjoyed the devoted and passionate attention of millions of fans from around St. Louis and beyond—and those fans have in turn been rewarded with 17 league pennants and 10 world championships since 1926. St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present goes around the horn to celebrate the heroes at each position on the field, from the little-remembered stars of the nineteenth century to the heroes of tomorrow. It presents the speedsters and the sluggers, the field generals and front-office wizards, the voices from the broadcast booth, and the myriad rites of spring that keep fans coming back to Busch Stadium year after year.
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