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Sunday April 23rd 2017

‘St. Louis Football Cardinals’ Archives

The Golden Boy

The Golden Boy

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 [...]

Hey, for a hundred bucks..why not?

Hey, for a hundred bucks..why not?

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 [...]

As the Crow flies!

As the Crow flies!

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 [...]

Quiet, I say!

Quiet, I say!

Viking's quarterback Fran Tarkenton is either paying due homage to the Green Bay Packers or trying to silence the crowd in this 1976 game at Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis. The Met gave way to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome a few years later and was torn down to make room for the now famous Mall of America.

Bring your own!

Bring your own!

Halftime at Busch Stadium...November 21, 1982...Eric Wright stretched out on the floor, Ronnie Lott on the bench, and Joe Montana under a motivational sign the 49'ers brought with them to St. Louis to remind the team that, home or away, the basics still applied. Must've worked...the 49'ers won 31-20. Bill Walsh was funny like that...  

Pretty maids all in a row

Pretty maids all in a row

Back then they may have been secretaries, students, even housewives  the rest of the week....but on Sunday these six beauties and several others made up the very first Big Red Line cheerleading squad in the early 1960's. Any of them look like the girl next door?  

Smile!

Smile!

Even before his career as a TV Sportscaster, TVG had no problem mugging for the cameras...and proved to be a competitive QB for Bill Bidwill's team in 1972.  

You’re going down, dude!

You’re going down, dude!

He wasn't a Butkus, a Nitschke, or a Huff, but The Big Red's Chuck Walker more than held his ground as one the the premier middle linebackers in the NFL in the 1960's. He also had a run at defensive tackle during his 12 year career. Here he puts the hit on Tommy Mason of the Los Angeles Rams in action from 1968.  

Larry Wilson-Pass Block Attempt

Larry Wilson-Pass Block Attempt

Big number 8 leaps high in an attempt to knock down a pass from Cowboy's quarterback Craig Morton in this action shot from November of 1971...a Cardinal's 16-13 loss to Dallas, which was always tough to take...notice Larry's autograph in the upper left hand corner...wonder what that's worth today on E-Bay?  

Bobby Joe Conrad

Bobby Joe Conrad

With the old Busch Stadium at Grand and Dodier serving as a background, wide receiver Bobby Joe Conrad of the Big Red was sure-handed for this superimposed publicity shot for the Big Red Game Program in October of 1963.  

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