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Stadium: Busch Stadium
Manager: Oliver Marmol
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St. Louis Cardinals Summary
The St. Louis Cardinals are a Major League Baseball team based out of St. Louis, MO. The Cardinals compete in the National League Central Division. They were established in the early 1880s under the name of the St. Louis Brown Stockings making them one of the oldest baseball organizations in the history of the game.
The Brown Stockings played their first games in 1882. However, in 1883, St. Louis adopted the nickname of the Browns which lasted until 1898. After one season of playing under the name “Perfectos”, the organization finally settled on the Cardinals for the 1900 season.
The team’s color scheme mixes a combination of white, red, blue, and yellow.
They have played their home games in four different stadiums over the course of their existence including; Sportsman’s Park, Robison Field, Busch Memorial Stadium, and Busch Stadium. They have played in Busch Stadium since 2006.
The Cardinals are the owners of the second most World Series in MLB history with 11, which only trails the New York Yankees total of 27 heading into the 2022 season. St. Louis has also won 19 National League Pennants.
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St. Louis Cardinals History
After spending time in the American Association and independent leagues, the St. Louis baseball franchise joined the National League in 1892 under the name of the Browns. However, the Cardinals’ name was chosen in 1900 and has stuck ever since.
The team labored through their early years and did not win a Pennant or World Series up until the 1926 season. Superstar player-manager Rogers Hornsby led St. Louis to a victory in 1926 in seven games over the Yankees.
The Cardinals have gone on to win 18 more NL Pennants and ten more World Series Titles since 1926. They are the most successful National League team in the history of Major League Baseball.
The team has also had a significant number of Hall of Fame players in their organization. We will discuss their best players in a moment, but a few Cardinal legends who come to mind off the bat include the likes of Stan Musial and Bob Gibson.
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The Cardinals finished the 2021 campaign with a record of 90-72 which was good for the second National League Wild Card spot. St. Louis did all they could to upset the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers in LA, but the Dodgers ultimately won the Wild Card game on a Chris Taylor walk-off home run.
Nonetheless, the Cardinals enjoyed a fairly successful season overall.
The Cardinals retained most of their core group of players heading into 2022. One of their greatest strengths is their strong bullpen which features fireball arms such as Alex Reyes, Giovanny Gallegos, and Jordan Hicks.
Jack Flaherty leads a strong starting rotation with veterans Adam Wainwright and Miles Mikolas in the mix as well.
St. Louis has arguably the best duo of corner infielders in the game with third baseman Nolan Arenado and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. They also have one of the best defensive outfields in baseball with speedy players like Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neil.
The Cardinals have a balanced roster with impressive pitching, hitting, fielding, and speed. They should make a competitive postseason run yet again in 2022.
St. Louis Cardinals World Series Victories
If we went in-depth about each Cardinals World Series victory, you might be reading this article all day. So we will list each of their 11 World Series winning years and then discuss the championships which stood out the most.
St. Louis Cardinals World Series winning years: 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006, and 2011.
The 1926 World Series was the first in Cardinals’ history. They narrowly defeated the Yankees in seven games in an exciting Fall Classic. Pete Alexander and Jesse Haines both finished with ERA’s under 1.35 to go along with two wins each in the series.
St. Louis defeated the Philadelphia A’s in 1931 in seven games. This was sweet revenge for St. Louis after losing to the A’s in the 1930 World Series.
The Cardinals three-peated from 1942-1944.
St. Louis once again defeated the Yankees in seven games during the 1964 World Series.
The Cardinals won back-to-back Fall Classics in 1967 and 1968.
The Cardinals’ most recent World Series came in 2011 when they defeated the Texas Rangers in seven games in one of the most exciting World Series in recent memory.
Important Team Events
The St. Louis Perfectos changed their name to the Cardinals in 1900 which paved the way for the historic Cardinals organization.
It took them a while, but the Cardinals finally won their first World Series in 1926. It created a domino effect and St. Louis has become the second most winningest franchise in the MLB.
In 2011, St. Louis was 10.5 games back in the NL East with a little over a month to play. The Cardinals not only made up the difference but ended up winning the divisions and eventually the World Series.
The Best Cardinals Players
Stan Musial played in St. Louis from 1941-1944, and then again from 1946-1963. The slugger is considered one of the best players of all time and finished his career with a slash line of .331/.415/.559 to go along with 475 home runs.
Bob Gibson was a legendary pitcher who spent the 1960’s and early 1970’s in St. Louis. He left St. Louis with 251 wins and a 2.91 ERA. Gibson also tossed a very impressive 255 complete games and 56 career shutouts.
He is in the 3,000 strikeout club with over 3,100 during his Cardinals career.
Rogers Hornsby was just 19 years old when he broke onto the scene in St. Louis. The talented infielder hit .359 in St. Louis to go along with a .418 OBP. He combined power and speed with 193 home runs and 118 stolen bases as well.
Charlie Comiskey managed St. Louis in their early days from 1883-1891. The Hall of Famer ended his career with an incredible .674 winning percentage.
Billy Southworth managed the team from 1929-1945. He left the Cardinals with an astounding .642 winning percentage.
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