A report on St. Louis Cardinals

Charles Comiskey, shown here circa 1910, guided the Browns to four American Association titles.
Rogers Hornsby won two Triple Crowns as a Cardinal.
Stan Musial retired owning numerous National League and team batting records.
Bob Gibson, the most decorated pitcher in team history, won two Cy Young Awards.
Pitcher Chris Carpenter, essential in two World Series titles, won 10 playoff games with a 3.00 postseason ERA.
Albert Pujols is one of the most accomplished players in Cardinals' history.
Sportsman's Park during the 1946 World Series
Busch Memorial Stadium, home stadium from 1966 to 2005
St. Louis logo (1900–1919)
St. Louis mascot Fredbird, 2013
Red Schoendienst (1965–76, 1980, 1990)
Tony La Russa (1996–2011)
Joe Medwick's Triple Crown in 1937 is the last in the history of the National League
Lou Brock
Dizzy Dean
Curt Flood
Enos Slaughter
Ozzie Smith
Bruce Sutter
Harry Caray

American professional baseball team based in St. Louis.

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Chicago Cubs

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American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
1913 Chicago Cubs
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
Club logo (1927–1936)
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

Both seasons resulted in matchups with the St. Louis Brown Stockings, with the clubs tying in 1885 and with St. Louis winning in 1886.

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston

World Series

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Annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, contested since 1903 between the champion teams of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, contested since 1903 between the champion teams of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston
Christy Mathewson threw 3 complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series.
The 1919 Chicago White Sox team photo
Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off home run that decided the 1960 World Series
The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's drive near the wall in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1968 World Series program and tickets for Games 4 and 5 at Tiger Stadium
Carlton Fisk, best known for his "waving fair" home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series
Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" by hitting three consecutive home runs in the clinching game six of the 1977 World Series
President Ronald Reagan with the 1988 World Series champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
In Game 6 of the 1991 World Series, Kirby Puckett made a memorable leaping catch in left field to rob an extra-base hit. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Puckett hit a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Fireworks in SkyDome after Joe Carter's 1993 World Series-winning home run
Game 1 of the 2008 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies (NL) and Tampa Bay Rays (AL) at Tropicana Field
In 2011, David Freese hit a game-tying two-run triple (with two outs) to send it into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Freese led off with a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Chicago Cubs celebrate their 2016 World Series victory, their first in 108 years
Game action in the 1906 Series in Chicago (the only all-Chicago World Series to date)
Bill Wambsganss completes his unassisted triple play in 1920
Washington's Bucky Harris scores his home run in the fourth inning of Game 7 (October 10, 1924)
The Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the 2016 World Series, which ended the club's 108-year championship drought.

The two most prolific World Series winners to date, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals, did not win their first championship until the 1920s; and three of the teams that were highly successful prior to 1920 (the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs) went the rest of the 20th century without another World Series win.

Musial in 1953

Stan Musial

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American baseball outfielder and first baseman.

American baseball outfielder and first baseman.

Musial in 1953
Musial's statue outside of Busch Stadium captures his signature batting stance.
Musial on the cover of Baseball Digest, September 1948
Musial in 1957
President Barack Obama awards the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Stan Musial in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House February 15, 2011.

He spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, from 1941 to 1944 and from 1946 to 1963.

St. Louis

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Second-largest city in Missouri.

Second-largest city in Missouri.

The home of Auguste Chouteau in St. Louis. Chouteau and Pierre Laclède founded St. Louis in 1764.
In 1780 during the American Revolutionary War, St. Louis was attacked by British forces, mostly Native American allies, in the Battle of St. Louis.
White men pose, 104 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1852 at Lynch's slave market.
City of St. Louis and Riverfront, 1874
South Broadway after a May 27, 1896, tornado
The Government Building at the 1904 World's Fair
View of the Arch (completed 1965) from Laclede's Landing, the remaining section of St. Louis's commercial riverfront
Wainwright Building (1891), an important early skyscraper designed by Louis Sullivan
A cluster of skyscrapers is located just west of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River.
Many houses in Lafayette Square are built with a blending of Greek Revival, Federal and Italianate styles.
French style houses in Lafayette Square
The Delmar Loop is a neighborhood close to Washington University, on the border of the city and St. Louis County.
Rivers in the St. Louis area
The Captains' Return statue inundated by the Mississippi River, 2010.
Tower Grove Park in spring
The Missouri Botanical Garden
Map of racial distribution in St. Louis, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
Pruitt–Igoe was a large housing project constructed in 1954, which became infamous for poverty, crime and segregation. It was demolished in 1972.
The Anheuser-Busch packaging plant in St. Louis
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which is affiliated with the Washington University School of Medicine
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
The St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park
Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis
The Enterprise Center in downtown St. Louis
The Sinquefield Cup chess tournament is hosted annually in St. Louis
Forest Park features a variety of attractions, including the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center.
The Jewel Box, a greenhouse and event venue in Forest Park
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones in 2017
Brookings Hall at Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis University High School was founded in 1818. Their current building pictured here was built in 1924.
The former St. Louis Post-Dispatch building in downtown St. Louis
Interstate 64 crossing the Mississippi in Downtown St. Louis
St. Louis MetroLink Red Line train leaving St. Louis Union Station
University City-Big Bend Subway Station along the Blue Line, near Washington University.
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Control tower and main terminal at St. Louis Lambert
An eastbound Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis freight train passing under the Hampton Avenue viaduct.
Bus passing under the St. Louis Science Center walkway

St. Louis has four professional sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League, St. Louis City SC of Major League Soccer, anticipated to begin play in 2023, and the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL.

Major League Baseball

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Professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world.

Professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world.

National League Baltimore Orioles, 1896
Cy Young, 1911 baseball card
Jackie Robinson comic book, 1951
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Graph showing, by year, the average number of runs per MLB game
Mark McGwire was one of several central figures in baseball's steroids scandal
Cleveland Indians throwback uniform
A Grapefruit League game at the former Los Angeles Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida
President John F. Kennedy throwing out the first pitch at the 1962 All-Star Game at DC Stadium
Rafael Palmeiro (batter), one of the MLB players suspended for steroid use
MLB blackout map in the United States
Canadian MLB blackout map
MLB blackout map in the United States

Had the Dodgers moved out west alone, the St. Louis Cardinals—1600 mi away —would have been the closest NL team.

New York Yankees

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American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of The Bronx.

American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of The Bronx.

Hilltop Park, home of the Highlanders
The Polo Grounds, home of the Yankees from 1913 to 1922, was demolished in 1964, after the Mets had moved to Shea Stadium in Flushing.
With his hitting prowess, Babe Ruth ushered in an offensive-oriented era of baseball and helped lead the Yankees to four World Series titles.
Lou Gehrig
In 1941, Joe DiMaggio set an MLB record with a 56-game hitting streak that stands to this day and will probably never be broken.
Opening Day of the 1951 baseball season at Griffith Stadium. President Harry Truman throws out the first ball as Bucky Harris and Casey Stengel look on.
Mickey Mantle was one of the franchise's most celebrated hitters, highlighted by his 1956 Triple Crown and World Series championship.
During 1974 and 1975, Yankee Stadium was renovated into its final shape and structure, as shown here in 2002, seven years before demolition.
The mask and catcher's mitt of Thurman Munson, the team captain who was killed in a plane crash in 1979
Don Mattingly headlined a Yankees franchise that struggled in the 1980s.
The Yankees' success in the late 1990s and early 2000s was built from a core of productive players that included Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter.
Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 2007
Joe Girardi was a Yankees catcher before he became manager in 2008.
The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 and was christened with a World Series victory in the same way that the original Yankee Stadium was christened with a World Series victory when it opened in 1923.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge quickly became the new face of the team.
World Series rings
"Freddy Sez" holding one of his signs near the bleachers entrance before a game between the Yankees and the Texas Rangers
A shirt worn by a number of Bleacher Creatures
The grounds crew at Yankee Stadium dancing to "Y.M.C.A."
Announcers Michael Kay, Paul O'Neill, Ken Singleton, and Ryan Ruocco in the YES Network broadcast booth at Yankee Stadium in 2009
The first four in the row of retired numbers at the old Yankee Stadium
Yogi Berra
Joe DiMaggio
Whitey Ford
Derek Jeter
Reggie Jackson
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Mariano Rivera
Lou Gehrig

The St. Louis Cardinals are in second place with 11 World Series championships with their last win in 2011.

Pujols with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022

Albert Pujols

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Pujols with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022
Pujols with the Los Angeles Angels in 2019
Pujols in 2006
Pujols at the 2006 All-Star Game
Pujols preparing to hit
Pujols is among the top 10 players all-time in four categories
Pujols participating in the 2009 Home Run Derby
Pujols during the 2011 World Series parade
Pujols in 2012
Pujols at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara (born January 16, 1980) is a Dominican-American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Rogers Hornsby

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American baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).

American baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Rogers Hornsby with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1917
Rogers Hornsby (pictured on a 1922 baseball card) takes a swing.
Rogers Hornsby with the Boston Braves in 1928
How to Play First Base by Rogers Hornsby
Hornsby in 1920

He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1915–1926, 1933), New York Giants (1927), Boston Braves (1928), Chicago Cubs (1929–1932), and St. Louis Browns (1933–1937).

National League

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Older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest extant professional team sports league.

Older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest extant professional team sports league.

Shea Stadium prior to the start of a New York Mets game in 2008. Shea had the best attendance in the National League that year, drawing over 53,000 fans per game on average.
Morgan Bulkeley, the first president of the National League

With the merger, the NL absorbed the St. Louis Browns (now known as the St. Louis Cardinals), along with three other teams that did not survive into the 20th century (for those three teams, see Partnership with the American League below).

Busch Stadium in 2013

Busch Stadium

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Busch Stadium in 2013
Busch Stadium II in the process of being torn down.
Busch Stadium under construction
1st game at new Busch featured Cardinal Minor League clubs. Notice the left field seats not yet complete.
Busch Stadium as seen from the top of the Gateway Arch in May 2013.
New and old Busch Stadiums
Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
Busch Stadium in 2009
Fredbird entertaining the crowd between innings during a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.
Panorama of Busch Stadium

Busch Stadium, also referred to informally as "New Busch Stadium" or "Busch Stadium III", is a baseball stadium located in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise.