Ernie Hays http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ernie Hays, Longtime St. Louis Sports Organist, Dies At 77 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ernie-hays-longtime-st-louis-sports-organist-dies-77 <p><em>Updated at 1 p.m. with a statement from the St. Louis Blues.</em></p><p><em>Updated at 11:40 with additional information.</em></p><p>A long-time fixture at Busch Stadium has died.</p><p>Organist Ernie Hays passed away last night after collapsing at a Halloween party. Family members say the 77-year-old's health had been failing for some time.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:21:41 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Rachel Lippmann 5998 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ernie Hays, Longtime St. Louis Sports Organist, Dies At 77 "Stand for Ernie" campaign launched to honor longtime figure of Cardinals baseball http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stand-ernie-campaign-launched-honor-longtime-figure-cardinals-baseball <p>Vendors shouting to sell their popcorn and peanuts, ticket turnstiles rotating with that familiar clickity-clack, excited fans chatting and laughing with their friends - you&#39;re enveloped in the sounds of Opening Day with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.</p><p>But at the 7<sup>th</sup> inning, when that familiar Budweiser jingle fills the air, and the Clydesdales float across the center field Jumbotron, you may not realize it, but something is missing.</p><p>Well, someone.</p><p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:42:54 +0000 Kelsey Proud 836 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org "Stand for Ernie" campaign launched to honor longtime figure of Cardinals baseball