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St. Louis Cardinals: Obscure facts you need to know.

The St Louis Cardinals are an American professional baseball club that was founded in 1882 and competed in the National League (NL). Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the Cardinals have won 11 World Series championships and 23 league pennants. St. Louis is the oldest major league team west of the Mississippi River. And one of baseball’s most continuously successful organizations. They are further trailing only the New York Yankees in World Series victories.

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They were originally known as the Brown Stockings (1882) and the Browns (1883–98) and competed in the American Association (AA). The team had near-instant success, capturing four consecutive AA pennants from 1885 to 1888. The team moved to the National League in 1892. This is where it struggled, finishing last or second to last in five of its first seven seasons. After one year, the franchise has renamed the Cardinals, with the moniker “Perfectos”. The team continued to struggle in the first two decades of the twentieth century. But in 1915, it signed future Hall of Fame infielder Rogers Hornsby. He is who helped the Cardinals turn things around. Hornsby led the team to its first pennant in 38 years and a World Series trip. When the “Cards” defeated the New York Yankees in seven games.

Another all-time great infielder, Frankie Frisch, guided the Cardinals to three World Series appearances between 1928 and 1931. Further includes one series victory (1931). In 1934, future Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean won 30 games (and his brother Paul won 19). This is for a flamboyant World Series-winning Cardinals club known as “the Gashouse Gang”. Stan Musial joined the club in 1941. Musial was perhaps the Cardinals’ most adored player. They were further playing 22 seasons and guiding the team through its most successful stretch in franchise history.

History of St Louis Cardinals

With the exception of one year, the Cardinals finished first or second in the National League. Further standing in every year of the 1940s. They played in four World Series during that time period. Along with winning three of them (1942, 1944, 1946). The last of which was remembered for outfielder Enos Slaughter breaking an eighth-inning tie. Along with the Boston Red Sox in the deciding seventh game. By scoring from first base on a line drive over the shortstop’s head. A tremendous display of hustle that became known as the “Mad Dash.”

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After a period of relative decline in the 1950s, the Cardinals had a revival in the 1960s. The Cardinals won three seven-game World Series in the decade. They were further led by the spectacular pitching of Bob Gibson and the quick Lou Brock. Along with a series of victories over the Yankees and Red Sox in 1964 and 1967, respectively.

The Cardinals’ 1964 victory was memorable for bringing a stop to the New York Yankees’ incredible mid-century dynasty, which saw the team win 14 pennants in 16 seasons. The club relocated to Busch Memorial Stadium in 1966 (renamed Busch Stadium in 1982), which served as the franchise’s home until 2005. In 2006, the club moved to a new ballpark known as Busch Stadium. The Cardinals moved away outfielder Curt Flood in 1970, and he later sued Major League Baseball to dispute the club’s authority to trade him without his agreement, which resulted in the foundation of free agency.

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Ozzie Smith, the franchise’s superb defensive shortstop, joined the team in 1982 and helped them win the World Series in his first year in St. Louis. Smith’s Cardinals returned to the World Series twice again in the 1980s, both times losing.

Players of St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals signed manager Tony La Russa in 1996, and he went on to become the team’s winningest manager. The next year, St. Louis signed slugger Mark McGwire. The pursuit of the latter’s single-season home run record in 1998 turned him into a local hero (though allegations of steroid use would later damage his reputation among Cardinal fans).

Albert Pujols, the franchise’s superstar slugger, joined the team in 2001. This further led them to a return to the World Series in 2004. This was when the resurgent Red Sox swept them. After posting a win-loss record of 83–79, an underdog Cardinals team got to the World Series, where it comfortably upset the favorite Detroit Tigers to become the champion with the lowest regular-season winning % in baseball history.

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Between 2007 and 2010, the Cardinals only made one postseason appearance, a Division Series loss in 2009. Still, in 2011, St. Louis staged an incredible comeback to advance to the playoffs after trailing the Atlanta Braves by 8 1/2 games in the Wild Card standings with a month left in the regular season. In the postseason, the Cardinals defeated both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers to go to the World Series. There, the Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers in a thrilling seven-game series that included an 11-inning game six in which the Cardinals came within one strike of losing the World Series twice before scoring timely hits to extend — and finally win — the game.

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After losing a seven-game NLCS to the eventual champion San Francisco Giants in 2012. The Cardinals made their way back into the World Series in 2013. This is where they were beaten in six games by the Red Sox. The team’s winning streak continued in 2014 when they won another division title and advanced to the NLCS (a five-game loss to the Giants). The Cardinals failed to make the playoffs in 2016 after setting a team record with their fifth consecutive postseason appearance in 2015.

The Cardinals then had a string of successful seasons that did not result in a playoff appearance until 2019, when St. Louis won the division and progressed to the NLCS. This is where the Washington Nationals swept them. The Cardinals also made the playoffs in 2020 and 2021. The latter of which was cut short due to the COVID-19 epidemic. But they lost in the Wild Card round both times.

Franchise Facts

The St. Louis Brown Stockings, an American Association team, formed the Cardinals in 1882. The squad was renamed the St. Louis Browns in 1883.

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The squad joined the National League in 1892. The name was altered to the Perfectos in 1899, and the team was renamed the St Louis Cardinals St Louis Cardinals in 1900. The St. Louis Browns were an American League team that played in St. Louis from 1902 through 1953. They relocated to Baltimore in 1954 and became the Baltimore Orioles.

The 2018 Season Is the Cardinals’ 127th in the National League

Since joining the National League in 1892, the club has won almost 9,900 games, finished the first 25 times, won three National League Eastern Division titles and ten National League Central Division titles, won 19 National League Pennants, and won 11 World Series Championships.

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Since the Cardinals were acquired from Anheuser Busch in 1996. By a consortium led by Bill DeWitt Jr., the team has produced a 1,952-1,610 record (.548 win percentage, third-best in the majors). And gone to the postseason 13 times. Further including 12 of the last 18 seasons. The Cardinals’ 71 postseason victories since 1996 rank second in the majors (NY Yankees, 104). While drawing over 70 million spectators, the club has finished the first 11 times, won four NL pennants, and two World Series.

The Cardinals have made 28 playoff appearances in team history and have drawn more than five million spectators to postseason games in St. Louis. The Cardinals have made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons for the first time in team history (2011-15).

Final Thoughts

Under General Manager John Mozeliak, the Cardinals have made the playoffs in six of their ten seasons (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015). The Cardinals’ 897 victories under Mozeliak rank third in that time period, trailing only the New York Yankees (910) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (900). Since 2011, the Cardinals have played in 61 postseason games, the most of any major league franchise.

Since 2011, St. Louis has won 32 playoff games, which is a Major League record. Baseball America recognized the Cardinals Baseball Organization of the Year in 2011 and 2013. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is home to 48 former Cardinals players, managers, and executives.