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2011 World Series

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 14, 2011 - The best fans in baseball did their part at Busch Stadium Thursday night: They cheered themselves hoarse, fervently waved their rally towels and turned their baseball caps inside-out to coax a do-or-die rally in the bottom of the ninth with the Cardinals trailing the Brewers 4-2.

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The extra sales tax generated by a long postseason of baseball helped St. Louis city end the fiscal year with a $4.3 million surplus, but officials say that sigh of relief is only temporary.

Revenue was up just about $4 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, driven by higher hotel and sales taxes from the World Series. Lower-than-expected spending made up the rest of the surplus.

It's always better to have more money than expected, says city budget director Paul Payne, but the growth may not be sustainable.

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Members of the St. Louis Cardinals were honored at the White House Tuesday for the team's World Series championship last year.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Chicago White Sox and Cubs fans respectively, both heaped praise on the Cardinals for their late-season comeback and their ability to beat the odds in the playoffs, defeating the Texas Rangers in the World Series.  

Obama praises 'comeback Cardinals' at the White House

Jan 17, 2012

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Though the victory parade was held months ago, the St. Louis Cardinals get to do one more victory lap in honor of their 2011 World Series win. This time, however, the party moves to our nation's capital.

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Your opportunity to get up close and personal with what is arguably the hottest piece of hardware in town is fast approaching.

The 2011 World Series trophy won by the St. Louis Cardinals will be on tour starting this Saturday, Jan. 7.

Here's the full schedule for you, with St. Louis-area locations in bold. All locations are U.S. Cellular stores:

St. Louis Cardinals World Championship Trophy Tour

Presented by U.S. Cellular.

Saturday, Jan. 7

6623 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130

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Squirrels are the sometimes adorable creatures that eat from your bird feeders, dig through your garden, and occasionally just can’t quite figure out how to successfully cross a road.

But the furry rodents were elevated to something approaching “hero” status in the 2011 Major League Baseball Playoffs – and that made it a very good year for a local charity.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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Joplin tornado top story in 2011

The May 22 tornado that killed 161 people and left much of Joplin in ruins was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press' top story in 2011 by editors across the state. That was followed by the intentional breach at Birds Point, which sent water rushing over southeast Missouri farmland in a bid to save the upstream Illinois town of Cairo. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 26, 2011 - Two months after the World Series, Cardinals fan Travis Weihermuller is still reveling in the team's unexpected 11th franchise championship, despite the off-season twists and turns that have left Cardinal Nation questioning how the Redbirds will fare in 2012.

See ya in Cooperstown, Tony.

Breaking up is hard to do, Former No. 5.

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A new filing with the Missouri Ethics Commission shows that lawmakers from across the state had good seats for the Cardinals' championship run, courtesy of corporate lobbyists.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that lobbyists spent about $13,500 taking elected officials and their family members to World Series and playoff games at Busch Stadium.

The report shows that those accepting free tickets included state senators and representatives, St. Louis aldermen and St. Louis County Council members.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 1, 2011 - Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement Monday morning.

The announcement came at a 9 a.m. press conference called by the Cardinals on the morning after the team celebrated with fans its 11th World Series victory at a parade attended by several hundred thousand.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 31, 2011 - With one last giant burst of fireworks at Busch Stadium Sunday evening, the Redbirds' incredible postseason surprise party officially ended, though unofficially Cardinal Nation will be celebrating this 11th World Series championship until the cows and turtles and squirrels come home -- and Fredbird can fly. 

Hundreds of thousands attend Cardinals victory parade, rally

Oct 31, 2011
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Hundreds of thousands of fans gathered in downtown St. Louis on Sunday to celebrate their World Series champs at a Cardinal victory parade and rally.

Cloudy skies and the occasional drizzle didn’t discourage the fans, who thronged the parade route along Market Street.

They cheered and snapped pictures as the Budweiser Clydesdales went by, followed by Cardinals team members and marching bands from area high schools.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 29, 2011 - Outside Busch Stadium Friday night, World Series revelers scrambled up the bronze statue of Stan Musial like a conquering army laying claim to a new world.

Strangers high-fived as they eased past one another on red-choked sidewalks, as the party spilled out of the stadium and into the streets of downtown St. Louis.

Cardinal Nation never gives up

Oct 29, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 29, 2011 - St. Louis exhaled. Then it cheered. Its never-say-die Cardinals had completed what once seemed improbable, if not impossible.

Given the power of the Texas Ranger lineup, the 6-2 lead never seemed comfortable. But it turned out to be more than enough.

Cards win World Series, beat Texas 6-2 in Game 7

Oct 28, 2011


The St. Louis Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren't even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 on Friday night with another key hit by hometown star David Freese and six gutty innings from Chris Carpenter. Freese was later named as the 2011 World Series Most Valuable Player.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2011 - Cardinals fans, you CAN believe what you just saw!

Hometown boy David Freese shot a walk-off home run to center field in the bottom of the 11th inning at Busch Stadium Thursday night, snatching a 10-9 victory from the Texas Rangers and sending the World Series to Game 7 on Friday night.

The 2011 World Series followed the tradition of turning the water red at The Runner's fountain.
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In Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis Friday afternoon locals mixed with out-of-towners taking pictures of the red fountain.

Those on their lunch break, including Missi Wood and Kerry Anne, admitted they were a bit tired from the late night Game 6 World Series win over the Texas Rangers.

But Anne says she never doubted the Cardinals would pull it off.

“I was calm the whole game,” Anne said. “They were like, ‘last out’, and I was like, ‘we’re going to win.’”

Folks went crazy

Oct 28, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2011 - On Thursday night, Kay Flannagan went to her first World Series game. And last night, during the excitement of what many are calling the greatest World Series game ever, Flannagan shared her experience with her grandson, Adrian Flannagan, 11, and her daughter, Kelly, who live in Templeton, Calif.

Magic in 11 for Cardinals and others

Oct 28, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2011 - A catchy phrase or destiny: 11 in 11.

Destiny. After David Freese belted a homer in the bottom of the 11th inning (there's that number again) to send the World Series to a Game 7, the joy of Cardinal Nation seemed ordained.

Even before the Cardinals magical run, 11 was coming up big.

Morning headlines: Friday, October 28, 2011

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Cards win Game 6 at Busch

The St. Louis Cardinals twice were down to their final strike but rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 on an 11th inning homer by David Freese. That ended a four-hour, 33-minute classic Game 6 that began with a rash of errors but will be remembered as the game in which the Cardinals refused to go away.

As a result of Freese's heroics, the baseball season will go to a Game 7 tonight. It's the first time since 2002 that the World Series will go the distance, ending the longest gap in baseball history.

Cardinals rally twice, win in 11th to force Game 7 of World Series

Oct 28, 2011
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Reporting from NPR's Tom Goldman was used in this story.

David Freese homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals forced the World Series to a Game 7 by rallying from two-run deficits against the Texas Rangers in the 9th and 10th innings on Thursday night.

Morning headlines: Thursday, October 27, 2011

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World Series Game 6 tonight at Busch after being postponed due to rain

Last night, Major League Baseball officials postponed Game 6 of the World Series because of the rainy forecast. The Texas Rangers and the Cardinals will play tonight at Busch Stadium starting at 7:05 CST.

Texas leads the Series 3-2. If Game 7 is necessary, it will be played tomorrow night at Busch.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 26, 2011 - Here we go again. Are you up for it?

It's another do-or-die moment for the Comeback Cards, now down 3-2 to the Texas Rangers in the best-of-seven World Series.

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A rainy weather forecast means another day off for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oct 26, 2011
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Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium tonight

Jaime Garcia takes the mound tonight for the Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium, and the Texas Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis. The two pitchers faced each other in Game 2, with the Rangers ultimately getting the victory.

The Rangers have a 3-2 lead in the series. If the Rangers win tonight's game it will be their first World Series title.

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Our own Maria Altman did a story for NPR's Morning Edition on the economic impact of the World Series on St. Louis. Here's the summary of her story as stated on NPR.org (below) and, of course, you can listen to her story here.


The Texas Rangers are leading the World Series 3 games to 2 going into Game 6 Wednesday in St. Louis. The fact that the Cardinals will be playing at home is good for both the team and the town. The game will bring a welcome infusion of cash. As St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports, the unexpected sales tax revenues have already allowed the city to cancel expected furloughs for its employees.

Can Cardinals revive the spirit of '82?

Oct 25, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 25, 2011 - Beaten up by the American League's champion bruisers, the dispirited Cardinals returned to St. Louis late at night, trailing 3 games to 2. Their backs were up against the wall; they needed to win two straight games at home to win the World Series.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Cardinals lose Game 5 to Texas Rangers

The Ranger's Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski , and the team rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the Cardinals 4-2  last night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.

Solo home runs by Mitch Moreland in the third and Adrian Beltre in the sixth off Chris Carpenter sparked the Texas comeback. Michael Young doubled off loser Octavio Dotel leading off the eighth. Darren Oliver got the win in relief of C.J. Wilson.

Morning headlines: Monday, October 24, 2011

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Cardinals lose Game 4

Derek Holland gave the Texas Rangers’ bullpen a much-needed break last night while helping the Rangers even the World Series at two games apiece. Holland came within two outs of a two-hit shutout while striking out seven as the Rangers bounced back from Saturday's 16-7 loss to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0. He faced just two batters over the minimum and didn't allow a hit after Lance Berkman's leadoff single in the fifth. Holland struck out seven, walked two and was aided by a pair of double-play grounders.