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33. Bellefontaine Cemetery
4947 West Florissant Avenue
Chris von der Ahe: Owner of the original St. Louis Browns (the team that would become the Cardinals) from the 1882-1898 seasons. His grave is marked with a statue of himself, which he had commissioned to stand outside Sportsman's Park. While still alive, he had the month of his death inscribed on the statue. He guessed correctly.
Adolphus Busch: With Eberhard Anheuser, founded Anheuser-Busch brewery. His grandson, August A. Busch Jr. ("Gussie"), bought the Cardinals in 1953.
The Spink family Mausoleum: Charles Spink started the Sporting News with his brother Alfred. Charles' son, J.G. Taylor Spink, also buried here, took over the paper from his father.
Eberhard Anheuser: Founded Anheuser-Busch brewery with Adolphus Busch.
Philip de Catesby Ball: Ball, who made his money in the ice business, owned the Federal League's St. Louis Terriers for the duration of their two-year existence. In 1916 he bought the American League's St. Louis Browns, which he owned until his death in 1933.
Ned Cuthbert: Played for various iterations of the St. Louis Brown Stockings in the 1870s and '80s. In 1882, while working as a bartender at the Golden Lion saloon of new Browns owner Chris von der Ahe, he was tapped to be the team's manager.
Hubert "Shucks" Pruett: A pitcher for the St. Louis Browns. In 1922 he struck out Babe Ruth. His father paid him $1,000 for the accomplishment.
George Henry Rawlings: Founder of the eponymous sporting-goods company.
Campbell Orrick Bishop: Organized the 1874-'75 Brown Stockings, which played in the National Association.
William Joyce: Recorded strong hitting numbers for the Washington Senators and the New York Giants in the 1890s. After a game in which he and another former Texas League player hit back-to-back bloop singles, the term "Texas Leaguer" was coined.
Pope Sturgeon: A semipro player in St. Louis who some credit with inventing the spitball in the 1890s.
34. Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Road, south St. Louis County
Jack Buck: The broadcasting legend began with the Cardinals in 1954. He was Harry Caray's partner in the radio booth from 1961 through 1969 and the voice of the Cardinals from 1970 until his death in 2002. As a national broadcaster, his best-known call may well be Kirk Gibson's walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Several of his children have broadcasting careers, including FOX Sports' lead baseball and football announcer, Joe Buck.
"Prince" Joe Henry: Negro League star and Riverfront Times columnist. See entry under "Baseball Homes of the Stars (Historical)."
William "Plunk" Drake: Negro League pitcher from 1915 to 1930 for various teams, including the St. Louis Giants and Stars. Why the nickname? He liked to pitch inside.
Charles "Zomp" Zomphier: Played in the Negro Leagues from 1927 to 1931. Later became an umpire.
35. Calvary Cemetery
5239 West Florissant Avenue
Frank "Creepy" Crespi: An adequate Cardinals second baseman in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Crespi's career was ended by a series of freak injuries during World War II. He broke his leg during a baseball game at base camp. Then he broke the same leg during a training accident involving a tank. While recuperating, he broke this leg a third time while having a wheelchair race. Finally, a nurse miscalculated a dose of boric acid, severely burning — wait for it — his leg.
Richard Muckerman: Owner and president of the St. Louis Browns 1946-1948.
Robert "Bobby" Byrne: Third baseman who accumulated 1,225 hits in an eleven-year career with the Cardinals, Pirates and Phillies.
James "Sunset Jimmy" Burke: Managed the Cardinals 1918-'20. Third base coach for the Yankees 1931-'33.
John and Bill Gleason: Brothers. John was a third baseman, Bill a shortstop; both played for the 1880s Browns. John hit .269 over six seasons, Bill .267 over eight, with 70 stolen bases.
John "Egyptian" Healy: Pitcher whose career began with the St. Louis Maroons in 1885. In 1890 he won 22 games and struck out 225 for the American Association's Toledo Maumees.
George Washington "Jumbo" McGinnis: Pitcher and catcher for the St. Louis Browns 1882-'86.
Marty McManus: Speedy infielder who hit .289 with 999 RBI over fifteen seasons with the Browns, Tigers, Red Sox and Braves.
Jack "Peach Pie" O'Connor: O'Connor had a 21-year career as a player but is best known as the manager of the St. Louis Browns in 1910, when he allowed Cleveland's Napoleon "Larry" Lajoie to bunt for base hits in an attempt to catch Ty Cobb for the batting title. He was fired as a result.
Joseph J. Quinn: The first Australian-born player in the majors, he's best known as the manager of the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, the worst team in major-league history (record: 20-134). The Spiders were so awful in large part because their owners had taken over the St. Louis Browns from the disgraced Chris von der Ahe and transferred most of the Spiders' best players to St. Louis.
William Robinson: Played for the Browns in the late 1880s. Owner Chris von der Ahe suspended him after an argument, prompting an insurrection by Robinson's teammates.
Joseph Schultz Sr. and Jr.: Father and son share a grave. Schultz Sr. was an outfielder and later directed the Pirates farm system. Schultz Jr. was a catcher for the Pirates and Browns; he also managed the ill-fated 1969 Seattle Pilots expansion team of Jim Bouton's Ball Four fame.
Pat Seerey: Seerey's seven-year career with the Indians and White Sox was largely undistinguished — except for a magical day in 1948 when he hit four homers in one game, tying the major-league record.
Urban Shocker: Shocker racked up 187 wins, 987 strikeouts and a 3.17 ERA in a thirteen-year career with the Browns and Yankees. He appeared in the 1926 World Series, when the Cardinals shocked the mighty Yanks for their first title.
Jack Tobin: Tobin posted strong batting totals in a thirteen-year career that began with the St. Louis Terriers of the short-lived Federal League and included spells with the Browns, Nationals and Red Sox.
36. St. Peters Cemetery
2101 Lucas and Hunt Road, Normandy
James "Cool Papa" Bell: Negro League superstar. See entry under "Baseball Homes of the Stars (Historical)."
Ted Breitenstein: Left-handed pitcher for the Browns/Cardinals 1891-'96 and 1901, and Cincinnati Reds 1897-1900. He won 27 games in 1894, lost 30 in 1895.
Frank "Silver" Flint: Catcher who played thirteen seasons, 1878-'99, all but one with the Chicago White Stockings. Several times was among the league leaders in strikeouts.
Cowan "Bubba" Hyde: Played professionally from 1927 to 1955, mostly in the Negro Leagues. Member of the Negro League Hall of Fame.
Willie Sudhoff: A pitcher, Sudhoff was one of the first to play for both St. Louis teams, leaving the Cardinals in 1902 to join the upstart American League Browns.
37. Old Meeting House Presbyterian Church Cemetery
2250 North Geyer Road, Frontenac
George Sisler: A Hall of Fame first baseman for the Browns, Sisler notched 257 hits in 1920, a single-season record that stood until 2004. For his career Sisler batted .340 and accumulated 2,812 hits.
38. St. Lucas Cemetery
11735 Denny Road, Sunset Hills
Joe "Ducky" Medwick: A Hall of Fame outfielder for the Cardinals during the "Gashouse Gang" era. In Game 7 of the '34 World Series, Medwick slid hard into the Tigers' third baseman. When Detroit fans began pelting him with garbage, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ordered Medwick removed from the game. The Cardinals won anyway.
39. Sunset Memorial Park & Mausoleum
10180 Gravois Road, Affton
August "Gussie" Busch: The grandson of Anheuser-Busch cofounder Adolphus Busch; owner of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1953 until his death in 1989. The Busch family sold the team in 1996.
George "Hooks" Dauss: Notched 222 wins, a 3.30 ERA and 1,201 strikeouts in fifteen years with the Tigers. He remains Detroit's all-time winningest pitcher.
40. St. Charles Memorial Gardens
Just north of Interstate 70 at Cave Springs Road, St. Charles
Dave Ricketts: Backup catcher and, later, long-time bullpen coach for the Cardinals.
42. Valhalla Cemetery
7600 St. Charles Rock Road, north St. Louis County
John Crooks: Played for the St. Louis Browns in the 1890s. Twice led the league in walks.
Vaughan "Bing" Devine: General manager of the Cardinals from 1957 to 1964, he built the nucleus of the young team — Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Curt Flood, Tim McCarver, Mike Shannon and more — that won the '64 and '67 World Series and the 1968 pennant. But he was fired during the 1964 season, when the Cards still trailed the Philadelphia Phillies. Devine would later help build the 1969 "Miracle" Mets. He returned to the Cardinals from 1968 to 1978. His second tenure produced only one pennant and included the trade of Steve Carlton, ordered by owner August "Gussie" Busch, who had tired of the young southpaw's salary demands.
43. Memorial Park Cemetery
5200 Lucas and Hunt Road, Jennings
Jewel Ens: Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates 1929-'31. Coached for the Pirates and other teams.
44. Washington University School of Medicine
660 South Euclid Avenue
Jim Delsing: Delsing hit .250 in a ten-year career with the Tigers, Browns, White Sox and Yankees. His claim to immortality: He pinch-ran for Eddie Gaedel, the three-foot, seven-inch midget Browns owner Bill Veeck signed as a promotional gimmick. Gaedel walked on four pitches in his first and only major-league plate appearance. Delsing, who passed away in 2006, donated his body to science.
45. Resurrection Cemetery
6901 Mackenzie Road, Affton
Gene Green: His seven-year big-league career included 13 homers and 55 RBI with the Cardinals in 1958.
Joe Hoerner: Forced to pitch sidearm because of a heart condition, Hoerner notched a solid fourteen-year career as a reliever, including four years with the Cardinals. For the Redbirds he recorded a 2.10 ERA with 60 saves and 190 Ks in 244 innings pitched. The Cardinals sent him to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Curt Flood — the trade that prompted Flood to challenge baseball's infamous "reserve clause," ultimately ushering in free agency.
Ollie C. Vanek: A member of the Baseball Scouting Hall of Fame, Vanek discovered Stan Musial for the Cardinals.
46. Bethlehem Cemetery
9650 Bellefontaine Road, Bellefontaine Neighbors
Arthur "Circus Solly" Hofman: Outfielder from 1903-16, mostly for the Chicago Cubs. Nickname referred to his acrobatic defensive skills.
Robert "Bobby" Hofman: Solly Hofman's nephew. Hit .248 with 32 homers and 101 RBI for the New York Giants (1949, 1952-'57).
47. Allen Cemetery
Off South Fox Creek Lane in Allenton, just south of Interstate 44 and west of exit 261
Robert Klinger: A pitcher for the Pirates and Red Sox over eight seasons, Klinger was on the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. He gave up a single to Enos Slaughter and then, with two outs, a double to Harry "The Hat" Walker that knocked in the series-winning run thanks to Slaughter's famous "Mad Dash."
48. New Saint Marcus Cemetery & Mausoleum
7901 Gravois Road, Wilbur Park
Charles "Silver King" Koenig: The sidearming Koenig pitched for seven teams over ten years. In 1888 he went 45-12 with a 1.64 ERA, helping the St. Louis Browns win the American Association pennant.
49. New Saint Johns Cemetery
Lemay Ferry and Forder roads, Mehlville
Harry Lunte: On May 16, 1920, Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman was hit in the head by a pitch by the Yankees' Carl Mays. Lunte pinch-ran for Chapman, who would die the next day.
50. Saint Trinity Cemetery
2160 Lemay Ferry Road, Lemay Ferry
Henry William "Heine" ("The Count of Luxemburg") Meine: Meine's career had two phases. The spitball, his go-to pitch, was banned after his first major-league season, 1922. Meine retired for a few years, then returned in 1929 and pitched six decent seasons for the Pirates.