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St. Louis Cardinals Profile

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League & Division:

The St. Louis Cardinals compete in the National League Central Division with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ballpark:

Busch Stadium
  • Capacity: 46,861
  • Opened in: 2006
  • Ballpark owner: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Construction cost: $346 million

History:

The franchise was founded in 1882 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings, joined the National League in 1890 and became the Cardinals in 1900.

Memorable Moments:

  • A team built on pitching and the speed of Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee won the World Series in 1982 and won pennants in 1985 and 1987.
  • Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs with 70 in 1998, hitting No. 62 in St. Louis on Sept. 8, 1998.
  • The 2006 Cardinals went 83-78, but made the playoffs and became the team with the fewest regular-season victories to win the World Series, beating the Detroit Tigers in five games.

Championships:

Playoff appearances: 24

Division champions: 11 (1982, 1985, 1987, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009)

National League pennants: 17 (1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1982, 1985, 1987, 2004, 2006)

World Series titles: 10 (1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006)

Wild-card berths: 1 (2001)

Spring Training:

The Cardinals are a member of the Grapefruit League and play spring training games at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.

Famous Past Players:

  • Stan Musial
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Bob Gibson
  • Lou Brock
  • Rogers Hornsby

Top Current Players:

Leadership:

Owner: William DeWitt, Jr. (managing partner)

General Manager: John Mozeliak

Manager: Tony La Russa

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