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The 1967 and 1968 St. Louis Cardinals

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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

Doug Feldmann is a professor in the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University and a former scout for the Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres.

Bibliographic Details

Doug Feldmann
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 410
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, statistics, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2965-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5535-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Prologue      1

1. Seventh and Walnut      5

2. The Omaha Express      29

3. Building a Champ; The Champ Goes Down      54

4. Young Arms on the Rise      85

5. A Bad Break      110

6. Recovery      144

7. “Lonborg and Champagne”      168

8. The Shaking of a Nation      206

9. Playing Through the Sorrow      244

10. Domination      272

11. Staying Focused      304

12. The Rematch of ’34      332

Epilogue      364

Appendix: 1967 and 1968 Statistics      377

Bibliography      385

Index      387