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KidStallyn
05-24-2006, 09:40 AM
I ws going through the daily calendar of Cardinals facts with my son before bed last night, and I thought the name "Sportsman's Park" was a very interesting choice by the Cards for tailgating area....See that's the name of the Stadium the Cards Shared with the Baseball Cards when they moved to St. Louis.......It was also known as Busch Stadium I. Interesting....

Wayne's Cards
05-24-2006, 10:22 AM
Sportsman's Park and Busch Stadium was 2 different stadiums in St. Louis. I also thought how strange that the name was the same as the old stdium in St. Louis where the Browns (now the Orioles) and the Cardinals (baseball and football) used to play. I saw Stan Musial's last game at Sportsman Park.
Both Cardinal teams in St. Louis didn't move into Busch Stadium until 1966.

82CardsGrad
05-24-2006, 10:31 AM
Good stuff fella's... Good to see the Cards keeping their legacy in tact...

KidStallyn
05-24-2006, 11:49 AM
Sportsman's Park and Busch Stadium was 2 different stadiums in St. Louis. I also thought how strange that the name was the same as the old stdium in St. Louis where the Browns (now the Orioles) and the Cardinals (baseball and football) used to play. I saw Stan Musial's last game at Sportsman Park.
Both Cardinal teams in St. Louis didn't move into Busch Stadium until 1966.

Oh contrair mofrair....

Sportsman's Park

http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/sports01.jpg
A.K.A. Busch Stadium I
St. Louis, Missouri

Tenants: St. Louis Browns (Baltimore Orioles), April 23, 1902 to September 27, 1953; St. Louis Cardinals, July 1, 1920 to May 8, 1966.
Opened: April 23, 1902
First night game: May 24, 1940
Last game: May 8, 1966
Demolished: 1966
Capacity: 8,000 (1902); 18,000 (1909); 34,000 (1926); 30,500 (1953).
Architect: n/a
Builder: n/a
Owner: St. Louis Browns (1902-1952); St. Louis Cardinals (1953-1966)
Cost: $500,000 (1925 refurbishment)
St. Louis Cardinals & Baltimore Orioles tickets:


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http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/sports02.jpg
Dimensions: Left field: 368 (1909), 340 (1921), 356 (1923), 355 (1926), 360 (1930), 351.1 (1931); left-center: 379; center field: 430 (1926), 450 (1930), 445 (1931), 420 (1938), 422 (1939); deepest corner just left of dead center: 426 (1938); deepest corner just right of dead center: 422 (1938); right-center: 354 (1942); right field: 335 (1909), 315 (1921), 320 (1926), 310 (1931), 332 (1938), 309.5 (1939); backstop: 75 (1942), 67 (1953).
Fences: Left to center: 11.5 (concrete); 354 mark in right-center to right: 11.5 (1909), 33 (11.5 concrete below 21.5 wire, July 5, 1929), 11.5 (1955), 36.67 (11.5 concrete below 25.17 wire, 1956).
http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/sports03.jpg
Trivia:


Renamed Busch Stadium in 1953.
The local newspaper, the Globe-Democrat, had an ad on the right-center wall that showed the star of the previous game. Just to the right of this ad, the league standings for both leagues were listed.
The Busch eagle would flap its wings after every Cardinal home run. It sat on top of the left-center scoreboard. During World War II there was a War Chest sign there.
The Herbert Hoover Boys’ Club, with a baseball diamond where the major league one used to be, now stands on the site of the stadium.
Cardinals office was at 3623 Dodier; Browns office was at 2911 North Grand.
There were pavilion seats in the power alley in right-center.
A second deck, from first base to third, was added in 1909 and expanded to the foul poles in 1925.
Bleachers were added to parts of the outfield in 1926.
The flagpole stood in fair territory until it was removed in the 1950s.
Bill Veeck’s family lived in an apartment under the stands in the 1950s.
When he bought the stadium from the Browns in 1953, Cardinals owner Gussie Busch almost named it Budweiser Stadium but was prevented by league pressure.
A helicopter carried home plate to Busch Memorial Stadium after the last game at Sportsman’s Park on May 8, 1966.
Site of the 1940, 1948 and 1957 All-Star games.
Recommended Reading (bibliography (http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/general/biblio.htm)):


St. Louis' Big League Ballparks by Joan M. Thomas.
Chris Von Der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns by J. Thomas Hetrick
The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of St. Louis Cardinals and Browns by Peter Golenbock.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic (Revised Edition) by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (VHS).From: http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/sports.htm

CardsFanJoe
05-24-2006, 01:15 PM
Sportsman Park is the tailgating spot at the new stadium right? So what the Cards are basically doing is allowing a bunch of people to get drunk then pizz all over sportsman park.. Sounds like they want to send a message to StL.. LOL.. I know, Im reaching here.. But that was my 1st thought..

Why are we not surprised THAT was your first thought...:biggrin:

D.Payne #29
05-24-2006, 01:44 PM
Sportsman's Park was also the name of a Chicago horse racing track owned by Charles Bidwill I believe.

D.Payne #29
05-24-2006, 01:46 PM
;joker: :lollollol: :lollollol: :bluelol:
Sportsman Park is the tailgating spot at the new stadium right? So what the Cards are basically doing is allowing a bunch of people to get drunk then pizz all over sportsman park.. Sounds like they want to send a message to StL.. LOL.. I know, Im reaching here.. But that was my 1st thought..

BigRedVol
05-24-2006, 04:22 PM
"Sportsman's Park" was a very interesting choice by the Cards for tailgating area....

Sportsman's Park is coming along nice. But surrounding it completely with curbs and trees is not going to make it easy for us to get in there and set up camp. But we will get in there, even if it means taking out a tree or 2. :redtowel:

BERTRAND #92
05-24-2006, 04:39 PM
Oh contrair mofrair....



**** ,,, we can still use this line ?

Right on !

Seriously kid that is some funny *** **** in itself ... LOL

Wayne's Cards
05-24-2006, 04:55 PM
Renamed Busch Stadium in 1953

I never realized that. All I remembered it being called was Sportsman Park when I grew up. So I guess a lot of people never called it Busch Stadium. I remembered when the new stadium was built it was called Busch Memorial Stadium and that was when everyone referred to the stadium as Busch Stadium.

The Busch eagle would flap its wings after every Cardinal home run. It sat on top of the left-center scoreboard.

That was pretty cool. It should have been call the Anheuser-Busch Eagle. They would turn off the scoreboard lights and the eagle would fly and a giant A would have white lights blinking.
I can't remember which stadium for sure had it, but a Cardinal would fly around the scoreboard everytime a home run was hit too. I think that idea would be great for the new AZ Cardinal stadium everytime we score a TD a Cardinal would fly around the stadium. About the HOF level would be perfect level, since it is the only section that goes almost all the way around.