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69. The Flower Shop
Clayton Road between Brentwood and Clayshire, Clayton
Like many professional athletes, Cardinals outfielder and stolen-base king Lou Brock leveraged his on-field success into entrepreneurial opportunities. He owned a floral shop, now closed. Detroit News columnist Joe Falls told a story of visiting Brock in the shop and asking what he knew about flowers. "I know a lot about flowers," Brock is said to have replied. "Those are red, those are yellow, and the ones over there are purple and green." Brock also holds a U.S. patent on the "Brockabrella," an umbrella-shaped hat.
70. Lambert St. Louis International Airport
Lambert International Boulevard (north of Interstate 70), Berkeley
At Lambert Airport in March 1989, Cardinals pitcher Danny Cox grabbed a cameraman from local station KSDK-TV (Channel 5) by the throat and pushed him over a chair. (Cox would miss that season and the next recovering from "Tommy John" surgery.) A few years earlier, Cox left the Cards during the season to go to Georgia, where he punched out his brother-in-law, who had been threatening Cox's sister. From 2003 to 2006, Cox managed the Gateway Grizzlies, an independent team in nearby Sauget, Illinois.
71. Delmar Station
5894 Delmar Boulevard
In 1945 Browns pitcher and notorious drunk Sig Jakucki, enraged by the playing time accorded to the one-armed outfielder Pete Gray, tried to beat up manager Luke Sewell as the team train left St. Louis. When the train stopped at Delmar Station a few miles west of downtown, police were waiting to arrest Jakucki, ending his Browns career.
72. The Mythical Pujols Palace
According to St. Louis County revenue records, Albert Pujols owns one home in the St. Louis area, in an unincorporated region just east of the Chesterfield municipal line. The Pujolses purchased the 4,100-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home in late 2002 for $500,000. For the past several years, though, the Pujolses have resided in Wildwood, at an address that's only public if you know how to look for it.
But a few years back an e-mail made the rounds, containing a document that appeared to be a site plan for a palatial new Pujols estate.
The document, which you can download via media.newtimes.com/id/60401, depicted a sprawling plot that appeared to cover about twenty acres. In addition to a big-ass house, amenities included a lake with a waterfall and fountain; a boat dock leading to a barbecue pavilion and rest rooms; three par-three golf holes at 125 yards apiece, and a "ball field" measuring 250 feet down the right-field line and 230 feet in left. The only overt clue to the precise location of the proposed palace was the street labeled at the property's northern boundary: Wild Horse Creek Road.
Wild Horse Creek Road is a pretty long stretch of asphalt, and there doesn't seem to be a Pujolsian "ball field" anywhere along it. But study the contours on the site plan and you'll see that they appear to match up with a patch of land just west of Long Road, not far from Chesterfield Airport — and tantalizingly close to the Pujolses' actual Wildwood manse.