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|Colours:||Cardinal red, midnight navy blue, yellow & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Grover Cleveland Alexander, Jim Bottomley, Lou Brock, Orlando Cepeda, Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Frankie Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Rogers Hornsby, Rabbit Maranville, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Stan Musial, Ted Simmons, Enos Slaughter, Lee Smith, Ozzie Smith & Bruce Sutter|
|Hall of Fame General Managers:||Whitey Herzog, Tony La Russa, Bill Southworth & Red Schoendienst|
|Rivals:||Chicago Cubs & Kansas City Royals|
|Legends:||Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Bob Gibson, Albert Pujols, Ozzie Smith, Ken Boyer, Enos Slaughter, Ted Simmons, Curt Flood, Dizzy Dean, Lou Brock, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Jim Edmonds, Ray Lankford, Bob Caruthers, Red Schoendienst, Keith Hernandez, Jim Bottomley, Frankie Frisch & Theodore Breitenstein|
|Retired Numbers:||1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 14, 17, 20, 24, 42, 45 & 85 (Rogers Hornsby is also honored, although he played before players wore numbers)|
|World Series Championships:||11: 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006 & 2011|
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The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the most successful teams in Major League Baseball history. The team has eleven World Series titles in the sport’s modern era, putting them second to the New York Yankees in dominance.
The Cardinals are also one of the oldest clubs in the sport, as the team started play in 1882. Local St. Louis businessman Chris von der Ahe started the franchise in 1882 after paying $1,800 for the St. Louis Brown Stockings baseball club. The Brown Stockings were kicked out of the National Association in 1877 after fixing games.
The team began play in the American Association in 1882. The new professional league was a competitor to the National League. The AA was different in that it focused on a blue-collar fanbase, offering cheaper tickets, beer sales at games, and games on Sundays.
The Brown Stockings were renamed the Browns in 1883. Manager and first baseman Charles Comiskey led the Browns to four consecutive American Association titles from 1885 to 1888.
The club won their only pre-modern World Series in 1886, as they defeated the National League’s Chicago White Stockings, a team that would eventually evolve into the Chicago Cubs. Pitcher Bob Caruthers had a 2.32 ERA in 387.1 innings, 166 strikeouts, a .334 batting average, and four home runs.
The Browns moved to the National League in 1892 following the AA’s bankruptcy. The team is one of four AA clubs still active today, the others being the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cardinals frequented the bottom of the NL standings throughout the 1890s. The team’s worst record came in 1897, when they went 29-102-2. The team had four managers, with Chris von der Ahe managing fourteen games. Pitcher Red Donahue went 10-35 with a 6.13 ERA in 348 innings.
The club was rebranded as the St. Louis Perfectos in 1899. The team would change its name to the Cardinals in 1900. St. Louis Republic newspaper writer Willie McHale wrote that a fan of the Perfectos liked the “lovely shade of cardinal” on their uniforms, leading to the new name.
The Cardinals wouldn’t reach the top-three in the National League until 1917. The Cardinals saw a revival in the early 1920s with second baseman Rogers Hornsby and manager William Branch Rickey running the team. Hornsby was the NL MVP in 1925 and led the NL in batting in eight seasons, including with a .424 average in 1924. Hornsby also won the Triple Crown in 1922 and 1925.
The team won its first World Series in 1926 in Hornsby’s only season as the team’s full-time manager. The club defeated the New York Yankees in seven games. Hornsby played second base while managing and had a .317 average.
The club lost in the World Series in 1928 and 1930, but the Gashouse Gang succeeded in 1931 and 1934. Pitcher Jay “Dizzy” Dean was the centerpiece of the Cardinals, as he led the NL in strikeouts from 1932 to 1935. He also had a 30-7 record in 1934 and a 28-12 mark in 1935.
Branch Rickey worked as the Cardinals’ scouting and development department for much of the 1920s and 1930s, helping build what can be considered the first modern minor league farm system.
His system helped produce many of the Cardinals’ top players, including Enos Slaughter, Stan Musial, Max Lanier, and Red Schoendienst. Rickey would leave after the 1942 season to become the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he signed Jackie Robinson a few years later.
Musial’s development helped the Cardinals become the dominant team of the 1940s, as the club won the World Series in 1942, 1944, and 1946. The team finished in first or second in the NL in all but one year in the 1940s.
The team’s 106-48 record in 1942 remains the team’s best record in the sport’s modern era. The club defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series in five games that year.
The year of 1942 also saw the first full year of service for outfielder Stan Musial. Stan the Man played for the Cardinals from 1941 to 1963, skipping the 1945 season while serving in the military.
Musial had a .331 career batting average and led the NL in that category in seven seasons. He was named the NL MVP three times, including in 1946 when he went .365 with 228 hits.
The 1946 World Series was marked by what is known as Slaughter’s Mad Dash. During the eighth inning of the seventh game against the Boston Red Sox, Cardinals outfielder Enos Slaughter was on first base with two outs.
Manager Eddie Dyer called for a hit-and-run, as Slaughter started running after Harry Walker got a hit. Slaughter ignored the third base coach’s stop sign and ran for home to score the Series-winning run.
Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky held the ball off the outfield relay longer than anticipated, although it is believed he might have been too shocked by Slaughter running for home to try and throw the ball.
The St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch brewery acquired the Cardinals in 1953, the same year the crosstown rival St. Louis Browns of the American League moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles. The Cardinals went into a lean period, as they wouldn’t reach the World Series again until 1964. The team won the World Series in 1964 and 1967.
The 1967 club was led by NL MVP Orlando Cepeda and outfielder Lou Brock, who the Cardinals acquired in 1964 in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The trade is considered one of the most lopsided in baseball history.
Brock had 938 stolen bases in his career and had a .293 career average, while Cubs pitcher Ernie Broglio played only three seasons with the team, going 7-19 with a 5.40 ERA.
The Cardinals lost the 1968 World Series in seven games to the Detroit Tigers. Pitcher Bob Gibson had a historic year for the Cards in 1968, as he had a 1.12 ERA, the lowest single-season ERA in baseball’s modern era.
The Cardinals traded outfielder Curt Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1969, triggering one of the most significant labor disputes in MLB history. Flood refused to accept the trade, eventually appealing his case to the Supreme Court.
While Flood v. Kuhn was unsuccessful for Flood, it prompted the player’s union to push back against the reserve clause. The clause was removed in 1975, eventually paving the way for free agency and allowing players to have more control over their careers.
The Cardinals’ next World Series win came in 1982, when they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. Manager Whitey Herzog led the team with a strategy known as Whiteyball, a practice that focuses on speed over power.
The practice was noticeable through fast players and contact hitters like Lonnie Smith, Willie McGee, Keith Hernandez, Ozzie Smith, and George Hendrick. The year of 1982 was also Ozzie Smith’s first season as the team’s shortstop. Smith went on to win thirteen Gold Glove awards.
The Cardinals went all-in on power hitting in the late 1990s. First baseman Mark McGwire made history in 1998, as he hit a then-record seventy home runs. He then hit 65 home runs in 1999, the same year fellow Cardinal Fernando Tatis Sr. became the only player in MLB history to have two grand slams in one inning.
The Cards saw more success in the twenty-first century, as manager Tony La Russa brought the Cardinals to World Series titles in 2006 and 2011. The team also won seven NL Central titles in his sixteen-year tenure.
The Cardinals’ 2011 World Series victory over the Texas Rangers was filled with drama. Albert Pujols hit three home runs in the third game, while David Freese and Lance Berkman both tied the sixth game on the team’s final strike.
Freese hit the game-winning home run in the eleventh inning, forcing a seventh game that the Cardinals would easily win. Freese would go on to be the World Series MVP.
The Cardinals almost didn’t make the playoffs in 2011. The team was 7.5 games out of the NL Central lead at the start of September. The team went 18-8 in September to win a wild card spot.
The Cardinals saw continued success in the 2010s with former catcher Mike Matheny becoming the new manager. The club won three straight division titles from 2013 to 2015. They also reached the World Series in 2013, but they lost in six games to the Boston Red Sox.
If you are a fan of the St Louis Cardinals, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2021 season. Do the Cardinals have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and win the World Series in 2021?
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Coming into his fourth season as a Major League Baseball manager, Mike Shildt currently has a 160-117 regular season win-loss record in charge of the St Louis Cardinals.
After getting his introduction to the world of MLB as an associate scout, Shildt joined the Cardinals organization as the area scout for North Carolina. He then began his coaching career with the Cardinals minor league affiliate teams.
Shildt was given the opportunity to manage in the minors and following two seasons as the manager for the Memphis Redbirds in the Triple-A, he was promoted to the Cardinals MLB team, as the quality control coach.
After the Cardinals fired Mike Matheny midway through the 2018 season, Shildt was made interim manager of the Cardinals, becoming the eighth man to manage an MLB team despite not having ever played professional baseball.
Shildt finished his debut season with a 41-28 record and he was subsequently signed as the team’s permanent manager. Shildt has since led St Louis to back to back postseason appearances in 2019 and 2020 and the 2019 AL Central division title.
One of the biggest signings of the most recent offseason, we believe that Nolan Arenado is going to have an instant impact in his debut season in St Louis.
While representing the Colorado Rockies between 2013-2020, Arenado was named a five time All-Star, eight time Gold Glove award recipient, four time Silver Slugger award recipient, three time NL home run leader and two time NL RBI leader.
Following a season that saw him hit at .253/.303/.434 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 48 games (COVID-19 shortened season), the 30 year old was acquired by the Cardinals after winning his eighth consecutive Gold Glove award.
One of the best fielders and power hitters in the game, we think that Nolan Arenado is going to play a big role in St Louis success in 2021.
In what will be his second season as the Cardinals Opening Day starter, Jack Flaherty will be an important asset at the mound for St Louis in 2021.
After making his debut in 2017, Flaherty has made significant strides in each year of his career as a professional baseball player. Flaherty finished the 2019 season with a 11-8 record and 2.75 ERA over 33 starts. He collected 231 over 196.1 innings and became the third-youngest pitcher in baseball history to strike out at least 230 and walk 55 or fewer with a 2.75 ERA or lower.
Flaherty was named to the 2019 All MLB Second team and he was nominated for his first ever Gold Glove and finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting.
Although Flaherty struggled during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, we believe that the 25 year old is only scratching the surface of his career as an ace pitcher in St Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals are always a team worth watching on the betting market, and 2021 will be no exception. The team is aiming to contend in 2021, as their recent acquisition of Nolan Arenado from Colorado shows. The club has a +2200 line to win the World Series. The team is also a +105 favorite to win the NL Central, with the Cincinnati Reds being behind the club at +300.
The team was in the middle of the sportsbook odds for much of 2020, as the oddsmakers put more value in the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals had a +2800 line to win the World Series at the start of the season. The total stayed put at around +2650 midway through the campaign.
The Cards made the playoffs as a wild card with a 30-28 record, although the team likely benefited from MLB temporarily expanding the playoffs in 2020. The Cardinals held a +3500 line to win the World Series at the start of the playoffs. The team lost in the wild card round.
The Cards still remain respected among sportsbooks, as the team is always finding ways to contend. The club has seen opening odds of +2500 or lower in all but one year since 2009. The team had a +3000 mark in 2017.
The most notable instance of the Cards’ odds improving came in 2011. The club slipped to a +20000 line to win on September 1 of that season, but the team had a strong month to eventually reach the playoffs.
The team had a +1400 line to win the World Series when the playoffs began, but that mark improved to +135 before the Series began. The Cards eventually won the Series that year, producing an immense payoff to anyone who bet on them in September.
The team is 6-4 against the win/loss total in the past ten years. The Cardinals were 15-12 when they were favored in 2020, and they went 13-17 when they were the underdog. The team will likely be favored more often in 2021, what with the team building its roster and the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds taking a step back this offseason.
The two clubs have been selling off some of their more valuable players. The Cards will also contend against a Milwaukee team that is in flux and a Pittsburgh club that is widely expected to be the worst team in the sport.
The Cardinals are expected to be a popular betting favorite thanks to the Arenado trade, but that’s not the only thing going the team’s way. The Cards also have a strong rotation with Adam Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, and Kwang Hyun Kim leading the way. Expect the Cardinals to be one of the most appealing teams to watch in the 2021 season.
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Where do the St. Louis Cardinals play?
The Cardinals play at Busch Stadium in the Ballpark Village district of downtown St. Louis. The park is near the Mississippi River and is on the Stadium station on the MetroLink Red and Blue Lines. The ballpark opened in 2006 and is the third venue for the Cardinals to have the Busch Stadium name.
Who owns the St. Louis Cardinals?
William DeWitt Jr. owns the Cardinals. He acquired the Cardinals in 1995.
Have the St. Louis Cardinals won an MLB World Series?
The Cardinals have won eleven World Series titles, the second-most in Major League Baseball behind the New York Yankees. The team’s 1886 World Series title is not included in the tally, as that was before baseball’s modern era.
Who is the St. Louis Cardinals general manager?
Michael Girsch is the general manager of the Cardinals.
Do the St. Louis Cardinals play tonight?
SportsTips will offer details on what the Cardinals are doing throughout the 2021 season. Check with SportsTips each day to see what the team is doing and who they are playing next.
What is the St. Louis Cardinals record?
The Cards went 30-28 in the 2020 season.
Did the St. Louis Cardinals win last night?
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How much are the St. Louis Cardinals worth?
The Cardinals are worth $2.2 billion based on a 2020 report from Forbes. William DeWitt Jr. purchased the team for $150 million in 1995.
Who do the St. Louis Cardinals play tonight?
The Cardinals will have games throughout April to September and potentially October if they reach the playoffs. The schedule can change, and there might be some seven-inning doubleheaders during the 2021 season. Check with SportsTips for the latest details on who the Cardinals are playing next.
How to watch the St. Louis Cardinals?
The Cardinals air their games on Fox Sports Midwest. The channel is available throughout Eastern Missouri, Southern and Central Illinois, and parts of Nebraska and Iowa. Some Cardinals games also air on separate Fox Sports networks in Tennessee, Indiana, and Oklahoma. You can also watch their games on MLB.tv if you live outside the team’s coverage area.
Will the St. Louis Cardinals make the playoffs this year?
The Cardinals reached the expanded playoffs in 2020. This was the second consecutive year the Cardinals made the postseason.
Will the St. Louis Cardinals get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Cardinals will have the eighteenth pick in the 2021 MLB draft.
When do the St. Louis Cardinals play?
Most Cardinals games are at 7:05 p.m. Central Time, but they may also play during the afternoon. SportsTips will provide reports on when the Cardinals play next.
Where did the St. Louis Cardinals finish the season?
The St. Louis Cardinals tied with the Cincinnati Reds for second in the NL Central last season.
How many games did the St. Louis Cardinals win?
The Cardinals won 30 games in 2020.
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