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59. Lafayette Senior High School
17050 Clayton Road, Ballwin
This suburban St. Louis high school is the alma mater of Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, the 2007 National League MVP and a member of the 2008 World Series champs.
60. Christian Brothers College High School (Old Location)
Clayton Road and University Lane, Clayton
Christian Brothers College High School is the alma mater of Cardinals institution Mike Shannon. Shannon's career as an outfielder and third baseman was cut short by injury — but not before he was a member of two World Series-winning clubs in 1964 and 1967 and a pennant winner in 1968. In 1972 the folksy Shannon entered the team's radio booth as the partner of Jack Buck, and never left. Now teamed with John Rooney, Shannon and his "Get up, baby!" signature home-run call are a local touchstone — as are his equally frequent references to enjoying a "cold, frosty one."
61. KMOX Radio Tower
Outside Pontoon Beach, Illinois
KMOX (1120 AM) carried Cardinals radio broadcasts for much of the team's history until 2006. The station's powerful transmission tower, currently rated at 50,000 watts, beams its signal far and wide. This helped the Cardinals build a large regional fan base. After the 2005 season, the team moved its flagship to a much weaker station, KTRS (550 AM), in which the team has an ownership stake.
62. Union Station
1820 Market Street
St. Louis Union Station opened in 1894. The structure was designed by German architect Theodore C. Link to look like Carcassonne in France and cost $6.5 million to build. (That's roughly $150 million, adjusted for inflation.) The station became one of the nation's great rail hubs and served as a departure point for Cardinals' and Browns' road trips. Red Schoendienst, who would have a Hall of Fame career as a Cardinals second baseman and, later, manager, came to St. Louis as a nineteen-year-old for a tryout with the club. He had nowhere to stay overnight and prepared to crash in the park across from Union Station — until a rainstorm forced him into a cheap hotel. Union Station has not been a train terminal since 1978. It is now a mall.
63. Lindell Towers
3745 Lindell Boulevard
In 1944 the St. Louis Browns won their first — and only — American League pennant. Their opponent in the World Series? The St. Louis Cardinals. This created a practical dilemma for Browns manager Luke Sewell and Cardinals manager Billy Southworth: Because the two teams shared Sportsman's Park, they were rarely home at the same time, allowing the managers to time-share one apartment. During the series, of course, both teams were in St. Louis.
64. Chase Park Plaza
212 North Kingshighway
Though best known now for his tenure with the Cubs, broadcaster Harry Caray was the voice of the Cardinals from 1945 to 1969. Rumors abounded that Caray was let go after he had an affair with the daughter-in-law of Cardinals owner "Gussie" Busch. Caray and Busch had had a close relationship: After Caray was hit by a car in 1968 while crossing Kingshighway to the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, he convalesced at Busch's Florida beach house. During the season Cardinals manager Tony La Russa lives in one of the hotel's luxury apartments.
65. Anheuser-Busch Brewery
1127 Pestalozzi Street
The powerful Busch family owned the Cardinals from 1953 to 1996. August "Gussie" Busch Jr. played an active role in the team's affairs until his death in 1989, but his son, August Busch III, had little interest in baseball. The Busch family sold the team in 1996 to a group of investors led by William DeWitt Jr. DeWitt's father had worked for the Cardinals under Branch Rickey, briefly owned the St. Louis Browns, and served as the general manager of the Tigers and Reds.
67. Ballpark Village
250 Stadium Plaza (Seventh and Walnut streets)
Ballpark Village was supposed to be an essential element of the new Busch Stadium: a $550-million retail, business and residential development that would rise from the footprint of the old Busch, just beyond the new ballpark's center field. Instead it has become a boondoggle — an embarrassment to the City of St. Louis and the Cardinals. Designed by the Baltimore-based firm Cordish Company, the Ballpark Village concept hit its most significant snag when locally based Centene Corp. reversed a decision to open its corporate headquarters there. As negotiations and planning continued, the site became an eyesore. At one point it was literally a giant hole in the ground that was slowly filling with water. With construction still not scheduled to begin in time for the All-Star Game, the hole was filled in and covered with parking and a softball field.
68. Lafayette Park
Park and Mississippi avenues
In his indispensable oral history of St. Louis baseball, The Spirit of St. Louis, Peter Golenbock quotes nineteenth-century Missouri Supreme Court Judge Shepard Barclay on the origin of baseball in St. Louis: "It was in the early [1850s] that [Jere Frain, a contractor and semipro ballplayer] brought the game to St. Louis. ...He built us a diamond [in what is now Lafayette Park] much the same as the diamond in use today, and in fact, showed us how to play the game." Today Lafayette Park is the home to the St. Louis Perfectos (named after the 1899 version of the Cardinals), who play baseball according to its 1860s rules.