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51. Fairmount Park
9301 Collinsville Road, Collinsville, Illinois
Rogers Hornsby is, without doubt, one of the greatest Cardinals of all time. In his thirteen seasons with the Redbirds, he posted an incredible line of .359/.427/.568 with 2,110 hits, 193 home runs and 1,072 RBI. In three seasons he finished with a batting average above .400, and in 1924, he hit a mind-boggling .424.
Hornsby was also an inveterate gambler. It cost him money, of course. (At one point, he turned to farming in the offseason to earn money.) It also cost him his first marriage, after he had an affair with a woman he met at a Collinsville, Illinois, dog track. (She would become his second wife.) And it cost him the respect of his peers: When the Cubs released him during the 1932 season, Hornsby counted several teammates among those to whom he owed money.
Finally, it cost Hornsby his livelihood. In 1937 he was the player-manager for the St. Louis Browns. One day he bet $1,000 across the board on a long-shot horse named Quince King at Fairmount Park. The horse won, earning Hornsby $35,000. The next day he repaid a debt to team president Donald Barnes. This was further confirmation of what Barnes and the Browns had already known: Hornsby's gambling urge was as strong as ever.
He was fired, marking the end of his Hall of Fame career.
52. Sporting News Headquarters
SE corner of Tenth and Olive streets (1910-1946)
2018 Washington Avenue (1946-1969)
St. Louis sportswriter Alfred Spink founded the Sporting News with his brother Charles in 1886. Its comprehensive coverage of baseball earned it the nickname "The Bible of Baseball." The publication remained in the hands of the Spink family until the late 1970s. In the following decades, the explosion of sports media in print, on TV and online greatly reduced the paper's influence. The brand was sold several times, most recently to a Charlotte, North Carolina-based company. It no longer has any presence in St. Louis.
53. Francis Field, Washington University
Big Bend and Forsyth boulevards, University City
Before the 1919 season, the Cardinals were so broke that team president Branch Rickey decided to hold spring training in St. Louis. Players practiced at Francis Field, home of the 1904 Summer Olympics, many of them wearing tattered uniforms salvaged from the previous season.
54. Sam Breadon's Ford Dealership
4701 Washington Boulevard
Sam Breadon became the principal owner of the Cardinals in 1920 and oversaw the team's rise from mediocrity to one of baseball's most successful franchises. His was a classic rags-to-riches story: He moved to St. Louis in 1902 to work as a mechanic. In 1904, with a loan from local mogul Marion Lambert, he opened the city's first Ford dealership. By the time he became a Cardinals stockholder, he was a millionaire businessman selling Ford and Pierce-Arrow automobiles.
55. Stan Musial Statue
Busch Stadium, "Third Base" entrance on Seventh Street (a.k.a. Stan "the Man" Musial Drive)
The statue honoring all-time Cardinals great Stan "The Man" Musial was erected outside Busch Stadium II in 1968 and moved to the new Busch in 2006. It remains a popular meet-up spot before entering the ballpark. When the team won the World Series in 2006, more than a few celebrating fans clambered atop it.
56. Interstate 64 (Highway 40)
Westbound, just west of Compton Avenue
On April 28, 2007, Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock pitched three innings in an 8-1 loss to the Cubs. That night Hancock went to Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood for drinks. Sometime after midnight he left the restaurant to join teammates at Café Napoli in Clayton. Westbound on I-64, he crashed his rental SUV into the back of a tow truck that had stopped in the far left lane to assist a disabled vehicle. Hancock was killed. The police report revealed that he had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit, was not wearing a seatbelt and was talking on his cell phone. Police also found marijuana and a glass pipe in the SUV.
57. Interstate 70
The 1985 World Series between the Cardinals and the Royals was known as the "I-70 Series," after the interstate that connects St. Louis to Kansas City. Despite losing rookie speedster Vince Coleman in a freak accident with the Busch Stadium tarp before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, the Cardinals took a three-games-to-one lead in the series. They lost Game 5 in St. Louis but held a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth of Game 6 in Kansas City, three outs away from the franchise's tenth World Series title.
Then came the most infamous single play in Cardinals history: Royals pinch hitter Jorge Orta hit a soft ground ball to Cards first baseman Jack Clark, who tossed to pitcher Todd Worrell covering. Umpire Don Denkinger called Orta safe, even though replays showed he was clearly out. The Royals scored two runs to win the game and force Game 7.
There was another game to play, but for all intents and purposes, the Denkinger call ended the series. The Cardinals embarrassed themselves in the finale, losing 11-0; both manager Whitey Herzog and pitcher Joaquín Andújar were tossed from the game by — who else? — Denkinger.
58. Mark McGwire Highway Sign
Exit 243, Interstate 70 eastbound
In 1999 a five-mile stretch of I-70 was named for the Cardinals slugger. In 2005, after McGwire wouldn't comment to a congressional panel about accusations that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay suggested stripping the honor. It remains.