January 27, 2009 Slideshows

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Before They Were the Arizona Cardinals 

Before they were the Super Bowl-bound Arizona Cardinals, the Cardinals played for more than two decades in St. Louis.
The final game at Busch Stadium in 1987, where the St. Louis Cardinals (football and baseball) played.

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The Ghosts of St. Louis Football
During the 1987 season, fans didn't know where the team was headed, just that Bill Bidwill was taking them out of town because the city would not help finance a stadium.

Unreal takes back the Big Red
The Ghosts of St. Louis Football
Jim Hart, who QB'ed the Big Red from 1966 to 1983.

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Neil Lomax (No. 15) was Cardinals quarterback from 1981-1988. Unreal takes back the Big Red
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Notoriously cheap Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill (left) in Busch Stadium with an unidentified guest.

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Bill Bidwill. His son, Michael Bidwill, now manages day-to-day operations for the team in Arizona.

Unreal takes back the Big Red
The Ghosts of St. Louis Football
Jackie Smith, who played tight end for the Cardinals from 1963 to 1978.

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The Ghosts of St. Louis Football
Steve Little, a place-kicker and punter for the Cardinals from 1978 to 1980.

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The Ghosts of St. Louis Football
Tom Brahaney, who played center from 1973 to 1981. Possible inspiration for the hairstyle of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

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Gene Stallings, a coach who oversaw the team during its transition from St. Louis to Phoenix.

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The final game at Busch Stadium in 1987, where the St. Louis Cardinals (football and baseball) played.

Unreal takes back the Big Red
The Ghosts of St. Louis Football
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