Nineteen. It's the number of times the St. Louis Cardinals have made it to the World Series, and a tally that's second only to the New York Yankees' 40 trips to baseball's big dance. The Redbirds also lay claim to the most championships, again after the Yankees. And while October baseball has mostly ... More >>
Most Jedi and Sith enjoyed the first-ever Star Wars night at Busch Stadium yesterday, but one woman felt like she was being oppressed by Palpatine's Galactic Empire when she was kicked out of the stadium for wearing a mask. Julie Sweetin, a nurse at a local hospital, spent two hours crafting her St ... More >>
The St. Louis Cardinals are no longer etching Christian symbols into the pitcher's mound at Busch Stadium, but they are still celebrating religion. And next up is Judaism! For the first time ever, the Cardinals this summer will be hosting a Jewish Community Theme Night, the team announced last wee ... More >>
Most U.S. residents are aware that today, April 15, is the day we all must file our income tax return (if we haven't already). Probably not as many of us are cognizant of the fact that it's also the anniversary of the day in 1947 when Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball. On this occasi ... More >>
So apparently it's become like a thing now for Cardinals sluggers to leave the team in the offseason and head for Southern California. Last year it was Albert Pujols, aka the Second Greatest Cardinal (and who will never, ever reach number one on that list), leaving the Redbirds and taking his talent ... More >>
The other day a colleague forwarded along a link citing a study in which St. Louis was ranked no. 4 in the nation for our Creative Class* contributions to the nation's greater good. Or so it first appeared. In a short paper titled "Is your Region ... Creative, Innovative, Productive, ... or Just P ... More >>
In ABC's hit comedy Modern Family, Eric Stonestreet plays the role of Cameron -- a gay dad in Southern California who is constantly defending his home state of Missouri to his partner, Mitchell. "You know, Missouri's more cosmopolitan than you give it credit for, Mitchell," says Cameron in one episo ... More >>
I'll freely admit that I had little confidence in Lance Lynn's ability to get things turned around as a starter this season. I said as much when he was placed back into the rotation after his stint in the bullpen; I wanted to see more progress, more positive outings, before believing Lynn was going ... More >>
It is both obvious and cliched to say that any series this time of year is pivotal. After all, you get down to the end of August, and every single out of every game has potential implications, much less entire series. But after taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend (yay! ... More >>
Hey, you guys remember way back when, before the season really got going, and I made a whole bunch of predictions? Sure you do. I predicted MVP winners and Cy Young winners and a bunch of other stuff like that. I predicted stuff for teams, too; stuff like division standings and won/loss records. It ... More >>
Chris Carpenter is done for the season. The man be gone, and the man ain't be comin' back. Not in 2012 for sure, and maybe not never no more. Given this grammatically poor but factually accurate state of affairs, the Cardinals' pitching situation looks...well, it looks pretty ugly, to tell you ... More >>
John Mozeliak should be on the phone right now to Roy Oswalt. And I'll tell you why. The St. Louis Cardinals scored nine runs last night. It was a beautiful offensive performance, just the kind of beating a team of this talent level should regularly put on pitchers the caliber of one Joe Blanto ... More >>
The Cardinals were very, very close to losing a fifth consecutive game last night. It would have been their longest losing streak of the season, and continued a rather brutal May that has seen the Cards undo a fair amount of the good work they did in April. On the first day of May, the Cardinal ... More >>
Nope, wrong J.C. Though, I suppose there's a fairly good chance at some point during the 2012 season we'll all be screaming, "Jesus Christ, Romero!" after he walks the one and only hitter he was brought in to face. It looks like the Cardinals are close to bringing in a second left-handed reliever ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgFurcal in 2010 with the Dodgers. Thanks to their sudden (and unwanted), financial windfall, the Cardinals' find themselves in a position of having a big pile of Albert Pujols cash sitting around and missing a big pile of Albert Pujols production. John Mozeliak and Co. st ... More >>
Chad Garrison's disappointment notwithstanding (tee-hee), the news of the Cardinals and Jaime Garcia reaching an agreement on a four-year contract extension should come as music to any Redbird fan's earholes. Locking up their most talented pitcher (and yes, I say that including Adam Wainwright in ... More >>
The Cards ran into one of these over the weekend. There were no survivors. It was, to put it lightly, a bad weekend to be a Cardinals fan. The Redbirds headed into Milwaukee up 2.5 games in the divisional race after taking 2 of 3 from the Astros. Three days later, the Cards limped out of Miller P ... More >>
Get it? 'Cause it's the Riot? Hahahahaha! The Cardinals have completed a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder Ryan Theriot, sending Blake Hawksworth to LA in return. Blake takes with him a wickedly awesome name and much less wickedly awesome pitching skills. Theriot brings versatility ... More >>
Hey, it's a key, it works. (Also a forgotten classic of power pop you should totally pick up if you ever see it like at a yard sale or something.) The second "half" of the baseball season kicks off for the Cardinals tonight (and I put "half" in quotes because technically we passed the halfw ... More >>
Image sourceWouldn't Cliff Lee look nice in Cardinal red?In case you haven't been paying attention these past three games, the Mariners stink.It's a special kind of stink too. They run into outs on the bases, commit costly errors, blow saves and generally suck at hitting. Just think of an ugly wa ... More >>
Bill DeWitt Jr. as depicted in a 2001 RFT cover story.It's the Cardinals home opener this afternoon, and if the team's owner Bill DeWitt Jr. were to give a speech today, one suspects it would begin: "The state of Redbird Nation is strong." The Cardinals have won their first two series on th ... More >>
I thought I was still slumbering this morning when I opened up the paper to read that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is expected to sign a new two-year deal with the club on the condition that the Redbirds also sign tainted slugger Mark McGwire as hitting coach. A triumphant return for Mr. McGwire? ... More >>
Steve PhillipsYes, pollsters, feel free to defecate on St. Louis all you want. But here's one ranking where we certainly score high marks: cities where passing sports figures can get involved in bizarro relationships with detestable wenches.Consider baseball player Ronnie Belliard. The current Lo ... More >>
When people look back at the Yankees' 2009 World Series Championship (it's going to happen, sadly; get used to the idea), there will be talk of Alex Rodriguez finally breaking through and becoming the clutch genius we all knew he had locked away inside him, or Derek Jeter leading the Yanks to the ... More >>
Some weekends there are more options than others when it comes to finding something fun to do on a budget. This is one of 'em.Soulard Oktoberfest (Friday-Sunday)Look at the size of those mugs! Soulard Oktoberfest runs through Sunday and costs $5 admission.Despite controversy over the amount of li ... More >>
Chris Carpenter is 11-0 since the beginning of July. In that time, he has held opponents to a batting line of .240/.286/.312, good for an OPS of .598. Basically, Chris Carpenter turns every major league hitter into a slightly more potent batter than this guy. Chris Carpenter is one of only two ... More >>
RamirezI would be remiss if I didn't at least mention the reception of one Manfred Ramirez. (I wish his name really were Manfred. That would be awesome.) Manny was, of course, quite roundly booed every time up in last night's game between the Cardinals and Dodgers, and really, I don't think anyon ... More >>
First, and most importantly, you'll have to forgive the lack of a clever title. I thought and thought, then thought some more, and really just didn't like any of the options I came up with. Some were too obscure, some not obscure enough, some didn't make much sense, still others lacked any tie to th ... More >>
sbnation.comIn his "Five Minutes" column today, the local daily's Bernie Miklasz offers up a few ideas on how the Cardinals could improve at the hot corner. The big man does a pretty stellar of job analyzing the stats behind a few trade prospects, including calling out the Coors-inflated numbers of ... More >>
The importance of the great Number 42.
African-American ballplayers are getting rarer than a triple play.
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Where was Joe Henry when Major League Baseball coughed up money for ex-Negro Leaguers? In the dark.
Maybe you haven't met Marty Prather, but you probably know his work
A new biography of Stan Musial adds complexity to "baseball's perfect knight"
The life stories of St. Louis' pro-baseball teams are lovingly chronicled in Peter Golenbock's The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns
By Larry Roberson (Historyonics Theatre Company)
The Cardinals want a new stadium. They'll probably get it. But unless baseball cures its own ills, it might be better being a no-show.