‘St. Louis Football Cardinals’ Archives
Terry Metcalf (L) sprinted 75 yards for a touchdown...Jim Tolbert (C) intercepted a fourth and goal pass to preserve the win...and Ron Yankowski (R) scored a TD on a 71 yard run with a recovered fumble in the Cardinal's win over the Washington Redskins in 1973...put that in your trophy case....
An artist's conception of a proposed ultra-modern 50,000 seat stadium to be constructed in downtown St. Louis to house both the baseball and football Cardinals...this was designed and featured in an NFL type magazine in early 1962...take a look..how close do you think it came to what eventually went up?? Tell ya this...the proposed name never got [...]
In 1962, well, this was it...every team front and center and accounted for.... hard to believe it today, but with 14 teams around the league, it was easy enough to keep track of who did what...only seven games comprising the weekly schedule...notice the Cardinal's logo...the Arch didn't come about until late 1965, but the design for it's [...]
The great Packer coach Vince Lombardi was asked once by one of his players the question "Coach, what's tackling?" Lombardi stared for a second then said "Son, if a man has robbed your house and is running down the street with everything you own...you're not gonna let him get away....THAT'S tackling!!' No one did it better than Number 8 of the St. [...]
Cardinal's Hall of Fame player Larry Wilson as a crew cut rookie in 1960 (top, feft) and later in 1972...in the middle photo, the famous shot of him playing with casts on both broken hands against the Pittsburg Steelers in 1965 (he intercepted a pass) and below celebrating in the Card's locker room after the team's surprising 38-0 victory in [...]
Here's the Gameday Pro program from Larry Wilson's final game as a St. Louis Football Cardinal....December 17, 1972. Wilson retired after 12 star-studded seasons and 5 years later was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He went out a winner at Busch Stadium that day as the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-23 in front of 35,000 [...]
The Big Red's 1972 roster. While all certainly earned their spot on the team and in the NFL, you see certain names and think "yeah, absolutely...I remember...Hall of Famer...legend...star" then others jump out and you scratch your head and wonder "who dat??"
Green Bay halfback and heartthrob Paul Hornung made only one stop to Busch Stadium (1963) but football fans in the Gateway City were well aware of the diverse talents of this Hall of Fame player. He could run, pass, kick, return kicks, and catch the ball out of the backfield. His 176 points in 1960 is a single season scoring record that may never [...]
After brief stints with the Saints and Chiefs, Jim Otis found himself on waivers and in 1973 the Cardinals picked him up for the price of $100 and never regretted it. Not big, not fast, but boy could he get the job done! In 1975, Jim banged his way to 1,076 yards, and led the NFC in rushing. With this one yard plunge against the Giants, Otis not [...]
And so went the success of the Big Red running attack in the early and mid 60's...although Joe Childress, Mal Hammack, Prentice Gautt and several others over the years lent a helping hand, the go-to guy was big number 44...John David Crow. Here Crow is brought down after a long gain by Giant's defensive back Jimmy Patton in action at Busch Stadium [...]