‘Visitors to Busch’ Archives
I was a Cardinal's fan through and through, but I had to send away for a Dodger yearbook before the 1966 season...even if only to hang up this great shot of Dodger Stadium at Chavez Ravine....and I had to get the scoop on all those guys!!
From 1963 to 1968 only two National League teams won pennants...the Cards in '64, '67 and '68..and the Los Angeles Dodges in '63, '65, and 1966. For a while the rest of the league was on the outside looking in as these two foes battled it out at Busch Stadium and Chavez Ravine. Here are a few of the LA greats that made their way to Busch over the [...]
That's what sportswriters had projected for the Dodger's Frank Howard in the early 1960's, if for no other reason than his size..he was 6 foot 8 and weighed 275 pounds..but the most he ever hit in one season was 48 in 1969 as a member of the Washington Senators. He finished up with a respectable 382 for his career and later managed both the Mets [...]
Jay was one of my favorites... so this pic hit the wall in the spring of 1962 and stayed for a while...It's Jay after his victory (and the Red's only win) in the 1961 World Series...an achievement he always said was the greatest of his career. How close is this? Jay finished his 13 year career with 99 wins and 999 strikeouts!!
In any given four game series between the Cardinals and Cincinnati in the early and mid-60's, Redbird hitters were likely to face these three formidable foes...left to right, Bob Purkey, Joey Jay and Jim O'Toole...that's former Card's manager and the Red's skipper in the early 60's, Fred Hutchinson, in the background...
As a member of the Cincinnati Red's, outfielder Vada Pinson impressed the Cardinals enough over the years to prompt the Redbirds to trade for him in the spring of 1969. He played one year, hit 10 homers with 70 RBI's before being traded to the Cleveland Indians and finishing out his career in the American League. He retired at the end of the [...]
A native of St. Louis, Yankees catcher Elston Howard was a standout athlete at Vashon High School and later became the first African-American to play for the team...he was the AL MVP in 1963 and is credited with inventing the batting 'donut'..the steel circle used on bats by hitters in the on-deck circle to make the bat feel lighter at the [...]
Before becoming a Cardinal in 1967, Maris had a more than productive career with the New York Yankees and visited Busch Stadium with that team in the 1964 World Series...here he unloads one of his 61 homers in the summer of 1961...
Of all the opposing players who drew rants and raves from the home crowd at Busch Stadium, no one brought fans to their feet more than the San Francisco Giant's Hall of Fame centerfielder Willie Mays....remember his infamous basket catch...how many of us Khoury League and Little League players tried to imitate that style, only to have our coaches [...]
It's the seventh inning of the third pennant playoff game of 1962...Dodgers and Giants in LA...Maury Wills steals his 104th and final base of the season..the throw gets away, Wills races home to score and the Dodgers have a 4-2 lead they carry into the top of the ninth...but the Giants score four runs and win the pennant...