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Ground Broken On Long-Awaited Ballpark Village

Feb 8, 2013
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After years of delays, work on Ballpark Village in St. Louis is finally under way.

The St. Louis Cardinals broke ground on Friday on the $100 million first phase of the project that will be developed on the site of the old Busch Stadium, next to the new stadium.

Ballpark Village was part of the development agreement between the city and the Cardinals when planning for the new stadium began back in 1999.  As it stands the team says phase one will be accessible to fans as of Opening Day 2014.

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Updated at 3 p.m. with quotes from Matheny, Mozeliak, and at 4:20 p.m. to correct typographical errors.

For the third year in the row, the St. Louis Cardinals will go into spring training missing an ace pitcher.

The team announced this morning that Chris Carpenter is "unlikely to pitch" in the 2013 season, and quite possibly for longer.

General manager John Mozeliak says the 37-year-old is experiencing the same numbness and pain in his neck, shoulder and arm that led him to miss almost all of the 2012 season and undergo surgery in July.

Fans Pay Last Respects To 'Stan The Man' Musial

Jan 24, 2013
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Updated at 7:50 a.m with details about Stan Musial's funeral

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has released further details on Stan Musial's funeral, which will take place tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. 

The funeral is to be held at the Cathedral Basillica of St. Louis, located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and long time friend of the Musial family, will join Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert J. Carlson, in presiding over the Mass. 

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Cardinal Nation will have one last chance Thursday to say goodbye to "Stan the Man."

The visitation for Musial, who died Saturday at the age of 92, will be Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica at 4431 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End. Here are the details:

Funeral Arrangements Set For Musial

Jan 22, 2013
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Funeral arrangements are set for Cardinals great Stan Musial.

A public visitation will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral Mass will be Saturday at 11 a.m., also at the Basilica. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is expected to help officiate.

Following the Mass, the funeral procession will travel to Busch Stadium where the family will lay a wreath at the base of the Musial statue. Burial will be private.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 19, 2013 - “When (Stan) Musial retired, I cried in every national league ballpark in the National League,” said Cardinals sportscaster Jack Buck in the 1988 documentary, "Ball Talk: Baseball's Voices of Summer." “He didn’t cry, but I cried.”

(Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1 p.m. with a statement from the St. Louis Blues.

Updated at 11:40 with additional information.

A long-time fixture at Busch Stadium has died.

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.

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It's not a World Series ring, but Yadier Molina is collecting baseball hardware. 

The St. Louis Cardinals' catcher won his fifth Rawlings Gold Glove award, which is decided by managers and and coaches. He is the first Cardinals catcher to win the award five times, and the first Cardinal since Jim Edmonds to take home five Gold Gloves in a row.

Molina is also considered a contender for the National League's Most Valuable Player, which will be announced Nov. 15.

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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.

Cardinals Lose Game 7, Giants Headed to World Series

Oct 23, 2012
Joel Finbloom

Hunter Pence hit a bizarre, two-run double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and the San Francisco Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series Monday night.
Marco Scutaro matched an LCS record with 14 hits in the series and Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for his fifth straight game. The Giants returned to the World Series two years after winning it all, getting the final out in a downpour.

Cards Lose, Decisive Game 7 Tonight

Oct 22, 2012
Joel Finbloom

Ryan Vogelsong struck out a career-best nine in another postseason gem and the San Francisco Giants forced a decisive Game 7 in the NL championship series with a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night.
Marco Scutaro hit a two-run double and Buster Posey drove in his first run of the series with a groundout in the first inning as San Francisco struck early to support Vogelsong.
Matt Cain will start for the Giants against Kyle Lohse in Game 7 on Monday night. Lohse won their Game 3 matchup.

Cards Win, One More to Go

Oct 19, 2012
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Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave them a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series.

Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina had two RBIs apiece to lead a 12-hit outburst by a team that batted just .198 through the first three games of the series.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2012 - A Game 4 celebration: With just a sprinkle of Giants orange and black, here and there, it was a solid sea of red layered into Busch Stadium Wednesday night for the National League Championship playoffs. The pre-game party included Clydesdales and an appearance by Stan "The Man” Musial. Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith threw out the first pitch.

No doubt about it, Cardinal Nation BELIEVES.

Cards Win Game 3 Of NL Championships, Beltran Injured

Oct 18, 2012
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Matt Carpenter always tries to stay ready, keeping an assortment of gloves nearby. That's his job.

The St. Louis Cardinals' utilityman took on a new role in Game 3 of the NL championship series: game-changer.

Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 1/2-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night for a 2-1 series lead.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2012 - It took 33 minutes of action to bring Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Cardinals and San Francisco Giants to a conclusion.

The final score was 3-1 in favor of the Redbirds -- the same as it had been three hours and 28 minutes earlier when the game was paused with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning because of the rain and strong storms that moved through the St. Louis area earlier tonight.

Editor's Weekly: Finding a home in Cardinal Nation

Oct 12, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 12, 2012 - Dear Beaconites - This week, the Missouri Senate race heated up with Todd Akin slamming Claire McCaskill over federal payments to her husband's companies and McCaskill slamming Akin over his abortion position. Colleen Starkloff and David Newburger spoke movingly about the Starkloff Institute's next efforts to integrate people with disabilities more fully into everyday life. Our latest analysis of campaign finance reports clarified the picture of Missouri's political power players.

For Cardinals fans: Another day

Oct 11, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 11, 2012 - WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of Cardinals fans were in Nationals Park on Thursday when the Nats ended a long drought and won the first playoff baseball victory in D.C. in 79 years. When Jason Werth hit a dramatic walk-off home run to win the game, 2-1, Nats fans went wild, fireworks exploded, presidential mascots danced in the grass.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2012 - WASHINGTON – Powered by a 14-hit offense and a clutch performance by Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals quieted the record home crowd and dominated the Nationals, 8-0, on Wednesday afternoon. So the nation's capital still hasn’t witnessed a playoff win since 1933.


Oct 9, 2012
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 9, 2012 - The Cardinals booked their Happy Flight to Washington early in Game 2 of the National League Division Series Monday at Busch Stadium, and there were plenty of parting gifts -- including four rounds of homerun fireworks -- for Cardinal Nation in the 12-4 victory over the Nationals.

First baseman Allen Craig touched off the first round of pyrotechnics with a solo shot to left field in the third inning, and second baseman Daniel Descalso drove another to right field in the fourth.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 8, 2012 - Well, brrrrrr! It was a nippy 54 degrees at Busch Stadium Sunday as the Washington Nationals threw cold water all over Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2012 - Cardinal Nation will be sneaking out of work early this afternoon and hanging up the "Gone Wishing" sign, as fans tune in to THE Game (so far) of the 2012 season. The Cards face the Atlanta Braves in the do-it-or-go-sit-on the-couch-and-watch, one-game Wild Card "play-in” at 4 p.m. (Redbird time) at Turner Field.

Cardinals Head To Playoffs

Oct 3, 2012
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 4 p.m.

Major League Baseball has announced that the Cardinals' game vs. Atlanta on Friday will start at 4:07 p.m. It will be televised by TBS.

Our original story:

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The St. Louis Cardinals start the final series of the regular season at home against the Reds Monday evening.

The Cardinals are on pace to draw just over 3,250,000 in home attendance this year, the sixth highest in all of baseball and the 14th time in the last 15 years the Redbirds have exceeded the lofty 3 million benchmark.

Joe Strohm is the Cardinals Vice President of ticket sales.  Considering St. Louis ranks 24th out of 30, in terms of media-market size, its yearly position near the top in terms of ticket sales is a testament to the devotion of fans.

(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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Seven years and two false starts later, the long-delayed Ballpark Village has gotten approval from the state of Missouri.

Today's nod from the Missouri Development Finance Board allows the St. Louis Cardinals and the site's developer, the Cordish Companies, to sell $17 million worth of bonds, which will fund the infrastructure at the 10-acre site.

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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.

(Courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals are highlighted in a new report that features environmental initiatives by the professional sports industry.

The report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council describes efforts by sports leagues, teams, and venues to save energy and water, and reduce waste.

Morning Headlines: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Aug 16, 2012
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Candidates debate in Illinois' 12 Congressional District

After nearly twenty years representing Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, Jerry Costello is retiring at the end of his term.  The three candidates looking to fill the open seat debated in Carbondale last night. 

Subsidies for a scaled-back Ballpark Village continued their march toward completion at the Board of Aldermen today - a day after getting the nod from a city development agency.

The $17 million in tax incentives got initial approval from the board today. It still needs one more vote from the Board, and then approval by the state. That meeting appears to be scheduled for July 17.