Pictures from the past in St. Louis sports…
Saturday July 2nd 2022

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 in a 38-21 Card’s loss in early November 1963.

Rocket Man!

Bob Gibson is firing bullets in the 7th game of the 1964 World Series, going 9 full innings and defeating the New York Yankees 7-5 at Busch Stadium. The Yank’s Mickey Mantle said that after facing Sandy Koufax in the Series in ’63 and Gibson that year, he was glad he spent his career in the American League!

Who da best???

Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain went head to head 142 times during their 10 year rivalry…and while Wilt usually won the points and rebound totals, Big Bill came out ahead in games 85 to 57…Wilt, however, tasted victory in this contest played in December of 1960 at the Philadelphia Convention Hall……..116-101.

“Somebody…anybody…help me out here!”

Pity poor Jerry Lucas of the Royals…he drew the other team’s top scoring forward night after night. Here he tries to stop number 22, Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers, in a game played in January of 1966.

Off to a great start!

The Warrior’s Rick Barry fires for two over the Laker’s Walt Hazzard in Barry’s rookie year… this action from a game played in November of 1965…Averaging 25 points per game, Barry was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1965-66 and used that opening platform to set the stage for his Hall of Fame career.

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.

Stan is surely The Man!!

It’s May of 1958 and crowds of his many fans are at the St. Louis Union Station when the Card’s train rolls in in the wee hours of the morning..Stan Musial and the team were returning from Chicago where two days before Stan hit a pinch-hit double off Moe Drabowsky for hit number 3,000. Think about it…a team travelling by train (if only from time to time)…fans up early to greet a hero…and Musial in a coat and tie…what an era!

Lou, Lou, Lou!!

August 13th, 1979…Lou Brock is congratulated by Cardinal teammates at Busch Stadium after hitting a single off Cub’s pitcher Dennis Lamp for his 3,000th career hit. Brock did other things to assure his place in baseball’s Hall of Fame, but this sure helped. I wonder if Ernie Broglio was watching from his home in California?

Home, boy!!

In the bottom of the 10th inning in the 1966 All-Star game played in the 104 degree heat at the recently opened Busch Stadium, Cardinal’s favorite Tim McCarver slides home with the winning run as the throw from outfielder Tony Olivio arrives too late in the mitt of catcher Earl Battey. It’s the NL in a 2-1 game!

Hey, come on, put ya shirt on!!

Just two days before the 1966 All-Star game at the new Busch Stadium, St. Louis was in the midst of a horrid heat wave and Harry Carey was taking no chances. He pulled this publicity stunt by broadcasting the game shirtless when the temp hit 102 at gametime. Actually, Harry wasn’t in bad shape for a 52 year old who loved his sponser’s product.

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