The St Louis Cardinals are a professional baseball team that is members of the Central Division in the National League of Major Baseball. The team is based in Saint Louis Missouri and has won 10 World Series Championships. The Cardinals were founded in 1882 in the American Association as the St Louis Brown Stockings, and they joined the National League in 1892. Since 1900, they have been known as the Cardinals. In 2006, the Cardinals began playing in their current Busch Stadium, and that season brought them a win for the World Series. This made them only the 2nd team ever to win a World Series playing their first season in a new ball park.
Tony LaRussa agreed to come back for a 15th season as manager for the St Louis Cardinals on October 26th, 2009. Dave Duncan also agreed to return as the Pitching coach even though he had been displeased with the franchise for trading his son Chris. Mark McGwire was brought in as the Cardinals Hitting coach after Hal McRae was fired after he served five seasons.
The Cardinals home turf is the Busch Stadium III that is located in downtown Saint Louis. The stadium can hold 46,861 people and cost $346 million to complete in 2006. The ballpark features many different statues of former Cardinals players that have went on to become Hall of Fame inductees. The Busch Stadium is the fourth home ballpark for the Cardinals and is just south of and partially on top of the Busch memorial Stadium site. Their former ballparks were the former Busch Stadium, Sportsman's Park and Robison Field.
The Cardinals Spring Training is held at the Roger Dean Stadium that is located in Jupiter, Florida which is shared with the Florida Marlins. During their spring training, fans travel to watch them train and get an up close and personal first glimpse of their upcoming season.
Logos and Uniforms
The very first logo that was associated with the Cardinals was the interlocking SL that was adorned on the team caps and uniform sleeves in 1900, the early uniforms has the name St Louis on white home and grey road uniforms. The "SL" disappeared from the team's uniforms in 1920 and the next two decades the team wore white caps with red striping and a red bill. The logo on the uniforms became the two red cardinals perched upon a baseball bat with the letter "C" hooked over the bat. Over the years, the logo and the team uniforms evolved and had many alterations. The current logo still features the birds on a bat, the birds still red, the bat now yellow and the hooked "C" on the bat now continues to spell out 'Cardinals" under the bat.
You can find team gear and other great items throughout the internet as well as memorabilia of the teams past.