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The St. Louis Cardinals dug themselves out of a four-run hole with key hits from Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk. Cardinals starter John Lackey gave up those four runs in the first, but after that he and a series of relievers held  the Giants scoreless until the 10th.

A lead-off walk in that inning -- the beginning of a rally as the Cardinals radio announcers noted -- was followed by a single. Then Gregor Blanco put down a bunt. Pitcher Randy Choate fielded the ball and air mailed it to right field. And that was the ballgame.

After a stomach-churning 5-4 victory Sunday, the Cardinals head to San Francisco, tied 1-1 with the Giants in the National League Championship Series.

Kolten Wong clinched Game Two for the Cards with a walk-off solo home run in the ninth.

It had been a back-and-forth contest with plenty of fireworks for Cards fans. Matt Carpenter, Oscar Taveras and Matt Adams each hit solo home runs before Wong’s lead-off homer in the ninth.

After a 3-0 loss Saturday to the Giants in Game One of the National League Championship Series, the Cardinals have a sure-fire weapon to brighten spirits at Busch Stadium Sunday night: The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming.

Weather permitting, the Best Horsies in Baseball will take a pre-game trot around the warning track before Game Two of the best-of-seven series.The game starts at 7:07 p.m. Scheduled to pitch are righthanders Lance Lynn for the Cards and Jake Peavy for the Giants.

Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Welcome back, San Francisco. The postseason just doesn’t seem the same when you’re not here.

While some in the baseball world are squawking about how the Cards or the Giants have represented the National League in the World Series since 2010, we're good with it.

Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Here We Go Again!

That was the message on the scoreboard at Busch Stadium Tuesday night after the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 to win the division series.

(Courtesy: Linda Gurney)

Although the St. Louis Cardinals have returned to Busch Stadium for a playoff run, one thing is still missing: The fiberglass cake that was originally placed at the stadium celebrating St. Louis’ 250th anniversary.

And, there’s no longer a question of whether the cake will return before the end of year. It will not be available to the public in any capacity.

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Red October finally gets underway in St. Louis on Monday with Cardinals fans welcoming home the 2014 National League Central Division champs, now tied 1-1 with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the postseason division series.

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Be careful, Cardinal Nation. Tickets for playoff games sold on the secondary market could be scams, according to the St. Louis Better Business Bureau.

The Internet has become the go-to place for sports fans looking to buy or sell tickets, notes the BBB, but it is also a breeding ground for scammers. There have been cases of counterfeit tickets sold for local entertainment events, including a Bruno Mars concert at Scottrade Center and the English Premier League soccer match at Busch Stadium in May 2013.

Tony La Russa gives his Hall of Fame speech.
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In his Hall of Fame speech, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa saluted the support he's had from the management of all three clubs — the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland A's in addition to the Cardinals — he worked for. He singled out some players, including Dennis Eckersly (who ended his career in St. Louis) and Albert Pujols. The "spectacular" tradition in St. Louis and the presence of hall of famers walking around the club made "you feel this obligation to go forward ... motivated to be caretakers" of that tradition, he said.

Lee Falk and The Phantom
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Three new stars are joining the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Adding to the 140 famous St. Louisans already installed on Delmar Blvd. in the Loop will be 19th-century U.S. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, a champion of manifest destiny; former Cardinal and longtime broadcaster Tim McCarver; as well as Lee Falk, who’s famous for his contributions to comics and theater.

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After 161 days, baseball returns to Busch Stadium Monday, with the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the Cincinnati Reds. And that means across the city, thousands of bosses have approved vacation days with a knowing smile. Some may have even said, “I’ll see you there.”

Cardinal baseball is probably the closest thing you can get to a government-sanctioned religion without running afoul of the First Amendment. It is a passion that unites a city from April to September and beyond.

What It Means To Root For the Cardinals

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After more than a decade in development, Ballpark Village is opening to the public on Thursday. A partnership between the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore-based Cordish Companies, the development spans seven city blocks just north of Busch Stadium.

At the heart of Ballpark Village are three anchor tenants: Cardinals Nations, Budweiser Brew House and Fox Sports Midwest Live!, said Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III.

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Updated at 3:50 p.m. with analysis from Derrick Goold.

Updated at 11:55 a.m. with comments from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Updated at 11 a.m. with quotes from La Russa.

Updated at 10 a.m. with statement from commissioner Bud Selig. 

This story will be updated.

Long-time Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here's the official news by way of a tweet Monday morning:

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 11:30 p.m.

The 2013 season for the St. Louis Cardinals came to a crashing halt Wednesday night with a 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series.

During the regular season, the Cardinals were the best team in baseball at hitting with runners on base. But they stranded nine in Game 6, and 43 through the entire series.

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For Cardinals fans looking to pick up tickets to tonight’s World Series game, St. Louis City Chief of Police Sam Dotson has a simple piece of advice: buyer beware.

There were around 80 instances of phony tickets being sold for Game 3, but he says police were able to cut that number to three for last night’s game.

He says there have also been some issues with phony money.

(Courtesy of Arthur Schwartz)

When Arthur Schwartz was 10 years old his parents gave him a newspaper clipping – a poem about the 1946 World Series in which the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox.

After hearing our recent program on a new book about the 1946 World Series, Schwartz contacted us about the poem he memorized as kid, 67 years ago. 

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Welcome to St. Louis, Red Sox fans.

Since this will be the first visit to Busch Stadium for many of you, here’s a brief guide to finding your way around baseball heaven.

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Michael Wacha and his Cardinals bullpen provided the power pitching. Carlos Beltran injected with a painkiller, came through with a huge hit. And this time, it was the Red Sox who were tripped up by fielding failures.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Pessimism is often confused with cynicism, which taints the mindset with an undeservedly negative connotation. A cynic is a person who delights in the ill fortune of others and celebrates the fallen plight of the human soul. It’s probably some form of externalized self-loathing: Being a loser is more tolerable if everyone else is one too.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Pessimism is often confused with cynicism, which taints the mindset with an undeservedly negative connotation. A cynic is a person who delights in the ill fortune of others and celebrates the fallen plight of the human soul. It’s probably some form of externalized self-loathing: Being a loser is more tolerable if everyone else is one too.

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