Tag Archives: St. Louis Cardinals

Hail to the Royals: It’s Been a While Since but in 1985 they Won it All


The recent walk-off victory by the Kansas City Royals over the Oakland A’s in the 2014 play-in game brings to mind the last time the Royals were in the playoffs. That was in 1985, 29 years ago and it proved … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Gibson’s Last Stand: The Rise, Fall, and Near Misses of the St. Louis Cardinals, 1969-1975″


Gibson’s Last Stand: The Rise, Fall, and Near Misses of the St. Louis Cardinals, 1969-1975. Doug Feldman. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2011. Throughout the majority of the 1960s the St. Louis Cardinals were the premier team in the National … Continue reading

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Why Do Teams Leave their Host Cities? Major League Baseball in St. Louis as a Case Study


Between 1902 and 1954 the American League and the National League franchises in St. Louis competed for control of the fans in the city. The National League’s Cardinals eventually won that competition, forcing the Browns to leave for Baltimore where … Continue reading

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Cardinals vs. Red Sox: Four World Series now Tied Between the Two Teams


The St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox have played four World Series against each other—1946, 1967, 2004, and 2013—and each team has now won two each. The Cards took the first two, but the Red Sox have demonstrated … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Drama and Pride in the Gateway City: The 1964 St. Louis Cardinals”


Drama and Pride in the Gateway City: The 1964 St. Louis Cardinals. Edited by John Harry Stahl and Bill Nowlin. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. A number of years ago the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) began partnering … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Stars Are Back: The St. Louis Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox, and Player Unrest in 1946″


The Stars Are Back: The St. Louis Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox, and Player Unrest in 1946. By Jerome M. Mileur. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. In honor of the opening of the 2013 World Series between the St. … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903-2003″


Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903-2003. By Henry D. Fetter. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2003. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since this book was published a decade … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The 1972 Detroit Tigers”


The 1972 Detroit Tigers: Billy Martin and the Half-Game Champs. By Todd Masters. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2010. The Detroit Tigers were an unlikely victor in the American League East in 1972. Viewed by almost everyone at the start … Continue reading

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Roger’s 2013 Mid-Season Power Rankings


We are now at the mid-point of the 2013 major league baseball season—time flies—and I feel the need to offer my power rankings for the best teams as the season pauses for the All Star game. Some of my favorite … Continue reading

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Major League Baseball, the Cardinals and the Browns, and the Challenge of “Small Markets”


Not until the 1960s did baseball executives begin to use terms like “small market” to describe the unique challenges of operating a successful major league franchise in an environment that did not generate the type of revenues available to teams … Continue reading

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