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El Birdos: The 1967 and 1968 St. Louis Cardinals

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In 1953, August A. Busch purchased the St. Louis Cardinals for nearly four million dollars. His dream included not only the best players money could buy but a brand new Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. The early sixties found Busch working on both, and by May 1966, when the new Busch Stadium was opened, the St. Louis Cardinals were on the cusp of greatness. A world championship would follow in 1967, and in 1968 the Cardinals battled the Tigers in a classic seven-game series,...
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Overview

In 1953, August A. Busch purchased the St. Louis Cardinals for nearly four million dollars. His dream included not only the best players money could buy but a brand new Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. The early sixties found Busch working on both, and by May 1966, when the new Busch Stadium was opened, the St. Louis Cardinals were on the cusp of greatness. A world championship would follow in 1967, and in 1968 the Cardinals battled the Tigers in a classic seven-game series, narrowly losing their bid for back-to-back titles.

This volume looks back at the outstanding Cardinal teams of the 1967 and 1968 seasons. Beginning with the ownership shift in the early 1950s, it examines the events leading up to the opening of the new stadium and tracks the various player trades, policy changes and inside dealings of baseball that produced one of the era’s great teams. The effects of Branch Rickey’s farm system on both the franchise’s success and the sport of baseball are discussed, as are the rumblings of labor trouble that would directly involve one of the Cardinals’ own. An appendix contains detailed statistics from the 1967 and 1968 seasons. An index and period photographs are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786429653
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Pages: 410
  • Sales rank: 1,057,169
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Feldmann is a professor in the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University and a part-time scout for the Cincinnati Reds. He is the author of eight books covering topics such as the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-era baseball.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vi
Prologue     1
Seventh and Walnut     9
The Omaha Express     29
Building a Champ; The Champ Goes Down     54
Young Arms on the Rise     85
A Bad Break     110
Recovery     144
"Lonborg and Champagne"     168
The Shaking of a Nation     206
Playing Through the Sorrow     244
Domination     272
Staying Focused     304
The Rematch of '34     332
Epilogue     364
1967 and 1968 Statistics     377
Bibliography     385
Index     387
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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    enjoyable revisit to those thrilling Redbirds of yesteryear

    Despite four or five typos, this look at the short-lived mini-dynasty that was the St. Louis Cardinals is well worth the read. Amply supplied with appendices to provide the statistics necessary to support the narrative, author Feldman sheds some additional light on the inner sanctum of the Redbirds locker room (e.g., that 2 of the Hall of Famer performers--Brock & Gibson--had a professional yet impersonal relationship). Also, this look back at the 1967 World Series reveals some of the same shenanigans on the part of the Bosox that they revived for the 2004 rematch in which they destroyed the NL Champs. Indeed, a must read for all "dyed-in-the-wool" followers of the "Birds on the Bat", especially those of us old enough to remember the 1960s when the players still competed for the "love of the game".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    A Great Research Job, And A Fun Baseball Read!

    I really enjoyed this look back at the Cardinals of the late '60s - Feldmann's writing raised some great memories for me!

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