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Busch Stadium Ranked 5th Best Ballpark In America

Mar 21, 2013
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We know the question, unquestionably, in many Cardinals fans' heads right now is something like this:

"What? Number FIVE? We're number one!"

Well, Cardinals pride aside, the Redbirds' home turf has been rated as the number 5 best ballpark in America by TripAdvisor.

The site lists Busch between Fenway Park in Boston and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The number one spot for major league baseball in the country? PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Playoff Bet Payoff As St. Louis Flag Flies Over DC

Oct 24, 2012
(via Peter Raack)

Baseball bets are not usually something we cover much of here at St. Louis Public Radio (except when we make it to the World Series and make a chart of all the bets).

However, we thought we'd make an exception today to highlight something happening in the nation's capitol.

It's Good To Root, Root, Root For The Home Team

Oct 9, 2012

My first protocol on rooting in sports is that you should stick with the teams that you grew up with. I know we're a transient society, but that's just it: Continuing to cheer for your original hometown teams is one way of displaying the old-fashioned value of allegiance.

If you grew up in Cleveland, say, and moved somewhere Sun Belt-ish, I know how hard it is, but the measure of whether you are a good person is that you must remain loyal to the Browns and Indians and that team that LeBron James left behind.

(Eve Roytshteyn of

Tony La Russa won two World Series championships as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and another with the Oakland Athletics.  He won four Manager of the Year Awards and has the third highest win total in Major League Baseball history.  Host Don Marsh talks with La Russa about his career, the current season, and his new memoir, “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season.”

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A home opener against the Cincinnati Reds, a record number of interleague games, and the first showdown with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since they lured away Albert Pujols are among the highlights of the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals schedule, released today by Major League Baseball.

The season opens April 1 with a game against Arizona. The home opener is a week later.

(photo by Erika Ebsworth-Goold)

Updated at 8:55 am Thursday: The players officially broke the record of 48 hours, 9 minutes and 12 seconds around 7:30 this morning. They'll keep playing until 7 pm to reach 60 hours.

Our original story:

A group of 52 baseball players has taken to the diamond at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo. this Fourth of July in an effort to break the world record for the longest baseball game.

Change has been the story of the season for the Miami Marlins, formerly the Florida Marlins. With a new coach, a new name, new team colors and a new stadium the baseball team set a franchise record for winning games in May.

But one tradition isn't changing anytime soon: beer. Ordering a beer at a baseball game is as American as apple pie. So is forking over a small fortune for that beer.

According to an analysis by, the most expensive beer of any baseball stadium is sold at the new Marlins Park, where baseball fans pay $8 for a Bud Light draft.

The science of baseball: a conversation

Apr 13, 2012
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Today is the Cardinals' home opener against the Chicago Cubs.

For St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra, baseball season means it’s time to talk about the science behind America’s national pastime.

And Washington University aerospace engineer David Peters was happy to join in.

Molina signs five-year extension with Cardinals

Mar 1, 2012
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All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will be wearing the birds and the bat until 2017.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Thursday that Molina, a four-time Gold Glove winner, had signed a five-year, $75 million contract, with a mutual option for a sixth season.

The 29-year-old Molina has spent his entire career with the Cardinals. General manager John Mozeliak says the team considers him to be the best catcher in baseball.

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

Durbin urges baseball players to ban smokeless tobacco

Oct 18, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2011 - WASHINGTON - As the baseball world prepares for the World Series opening game in St. Louis on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and four of his colleagues are urging players to stop using smokeless tobacco on the field, in dugouts or in locker rooms.

Commentary: Trust, but verify

Oct 13, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 13, 2011 - Though Ronald Reagan never claimed to be a scientist, he succinctly summarized the foundation of all scientific inquiry when explaining his position on arms negotiations with the Soviet Union: trust but verify.

Art and baseball

Sep 30, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 30, 2011 - The Beacon recently kicked off the first Barroom Conversation of the fall. The small group of people, roughly 15-20 people, met at Six Row Brewery to discuss art and its effect on class.

The conversation was an engaging one. The talk about the untimely death of St. Louis artist Bob Cassilly led to a general discussion about whether our community could foster an environment that would yield another such artist.

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"Puma" will be back for another season.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Lance Berkman has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.  The team did not announce any more details, but other reports say the deal is for $12 million. Berkman made $8 million this season.

Dems whip Republicans with help of Clay and Carnahan

Jul 15, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Sporting St. Louis Cardinals caps and uniforms, U.S. Reps. Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay, both D-St. Louis, helped bring home an 8-2 victory for the Democrats at the 50th annual Roll Call congressional baseball game Thursday.

Pujols out 4-6 weeks with broken forearm

Jun 20, 2011
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St. Louis Cardinals fans got some bad news today. Star first baseman Albert Pujols will be out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured left forearm.

The team announced the results of an MRI and CT scan today, one day after Pujols was injured in a game against Kansas City at Busch Stadium. Pujols was hurt on a play at first base in the sixth inning. He was fielding a throw that was off-target and Kansas City's Wilson Betemit collided with his glove hand as Pujols was pulled toward home. The Cards' three-time MVP went down to the ground in pain.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 14, 2011 - The fact that noted St. Louis author and essayist Gerald Early is a baseball fan comes as no surprise to the millions of Americans who have viewed filmmaker Ken Burns' popular PBS documentaries on baseball and jazz. Early, who served as a consultant and commentator on the Burns documentaries, has written extensively on both subjects.

Looks like the fifth time isn't the charm for former Cardinals baseball slugger Mark McGwire. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that not only was it the fifth unsuccessful bid for McGwire, but also his worst vote total showing yet. This coming after McGwire admitted that he used steroids.

The Post-Dispatch has the vote totals:

McGwire was named on 115 of the 581 ballots cast, or 19.8 percent. He received 23.7 pct. of the votes cast in 2010 and 21.9 percent -- his previous low -- in 2009. Roberto Alomar (90 pct.) and Bert Blyleven (79.7 pct.) earned election this year.

photo by Aaron Doerr

Bobby Norfolk was driving somewhere in 2009 when NPR's Fresh Air stopped him in his tracks.  He remembers the interview with author Larry Tye as "the most compelling hour of listening" he's ever experienced. Tye's biography of Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige started Norfolk on a journey that's culminated in his latest one man show,  Shadowball: The Negro Baseball Leagues.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 1, 2010 - Yes, filmmaker Ken Burns did chat with former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire at Busch Stadium the other night, so we'll get that out of the way before we settle in for a discussion with him and co-producer Lynn Novick about the sequel to their 1994 baseball documentary, their take on social media and a coming project that looks at Prohibition, breweries and Anheuser-Busch.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 18, 2010 -  Mary Delach Leonard and I were chatting during the cliffhanger with the Nationals:


me: thank goodness, now let matt do SOMETHING

Five questions with James S. Hirsch on Willie Mays

Feb 12, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 12, 2010 - LAny baseball fanatic growing up in the 1950s couldn't avoid the endless debates about who was the best centerfielder in New York.

In Brooklyn, the Dodgers' Duke Snider had the grit, and at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle personified glamour, but for sheer excitement, no one would top the man who patrolled the Polo Grounds for the Giants - No. 24, the Say Hey Kid, Willie Mays.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 5, 2009 - The first thing that came to mind when I learned that Mark McGwire was joining the Cardinals' coaching staff was Ted Williams' head.

I'm not sure where that bizarre association came from -- perhaps the fact that both retired sluggers have been implicated in some rather Frankensteinian schemes to attain an immortality that neither is likely to realize.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2009 - Baseball's spotlight is in New York, and one of the players that has done well in its glare is the Phillies' Jayson Werth, who has hit seven World Series home runs -- so far.

The goal of excellence in sports goes back a long way for Werth. Back to his native Springfield, Ill., and his grandfather who was no slouch in the baseball department. The same is true for his uncle.

Time was on my side

Aug 3, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 3, 2009 - My family heads south to Oklahoma for an annual late-summer visit to in-laws, leaving dad to fend for himself for a few days.

This was that week. Sometimes the baseball gods smile on me and the St. Louis Cardinals are home. Some years, they are away. This is a good year. The Cards vs. Astros on a spectacular Saturday night was all mine.

Well, mine and about 48,000 other fans.

A princely night at the stadium

Jul 13, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 13, 2009 - The hometown heroes didn’t come through during Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby on Monday night, but hometown fans still showed their deep love for all things baseball.

Never mind that many fans had sold their seats for top dollar and watched the Home Run Derby at home or elsewhere. Tens of thousands at Busch had cameras flashing, and most stayed for the entire three-hour event.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 17, 2009 - Elaine's birthday is the beginning of March; mine is the end of the month. We've been friends since 1968 when we taught about half a dorm to play pinochle.

We are also baseball fans. She – somehow – became a Braves fan. I remained a Cardinals fan. The Cardinals and Braves met at Jupiter in the middle of the month.


On Science: A summer physics lesson as taught by Albert

Jun 17, 2008
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 17, 2008 - Energy is such a natural part of life that its contribution to the fabric of our days can often go unnoticed. Sometimes, however, its impact cannot be ignored. Nowhere is this more true than in the ultimate sports act, hitting a home run.