January 27, 2009

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.
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The final game at Busch Stadium in 1987, where the St. Louis Cardinals (football and baseball) played. 
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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
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. 
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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. 
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. 
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Neil Lomax (No. 15) was Cardinals quarterback from 1981-1988. Unreal takes back the Big Red
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Neil Lomax.
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Notoriously cheap Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill (left) in Busch Stadium with an unidentified guest. 
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Notoriously cheap Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill (left) in Busch Stadium with an unidentified guest.

Unreal takes back the Big Red
The Ghosts of St. Louis Football
Jim Hart (No. 17). 
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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
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
Jim Hart. 
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Dan Dierdorf, a Hall of Fame Cardinal.
Unreal takes back the Big Red
The Ghosts of St. Louis Football