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Friday July 28th 2017

‘St. Louis Football Cardinals’ Archives

A legend visits Busch

A legend visits Busch

October 20th, 1963...the only time the Green Bay Packers and their legendary coach Vince Lombardi paid a visit to Busch Stadium at Grand and Dodier in the 1960's. And they made it count, defeating a pretty solid Cardinal's team (9-5 that year under Wally Lemm) by the score of 30-7. Here the Cardinal's Bobby Joe Conrad heads for the end zone [...]

Buncha Hot Dogs!

Buncha Hot Dogs!

  To garner interest among youngsters for the inaugural season of 1960 in St. Louis, the Mayrose Franks Company inserted a card with every package of 12 weenies for the entire first season. If you have any of these (and there were more) consider it a collectors item as that promotion only lasted one year, but it got the jump on the Fleer [...]

Hey, rough right now, but after today………..

Hey, rough right now, but after today………..

Let's go down the line...62 is Keith Wortman...64 Bob Young.....54 Mr. Tom Banks...35 Jim Otis....and on and on..... None of them very happy, all cold late in the fourth quarter of a December 16, 1979 42-6 season ending loss in Chicago to the Bears....putting the finishing touch on a sad sack 5-11 season....oh, yeah, 16 degree wind chill factor [...]

Game Balls all around….

Game Balls all around….

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....

Seeing the future!

Seeing the future!

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 [...]

Seven…count ’em…seven NFL games every Sunday!!

Seven…count ’em…seven NFL games every Sunday!!

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 [...]

Tackle the man with the football….

Tackle the man with the football….

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. [...]

Start to finish….

Start to finish….

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 [...]

The end of an era…

The end of an era…

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 [...]

Household names one and all…

Household names one and all…

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??"  

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