Designing the new Cardinals Hall of Fame

The United Cardinals Bloggers project for June is to dream big and design what exhibits and/or memorabilia you would like to see in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame, which will be built in Ballpark Village.  At the blogger event in April (covered in detail here), Bill DeWitt mentioned that the new Hall of Fame will be located in the Cardinals Nation building on the Ballpark Village grounds.  I’m not sure just how much space the new Hall of Fame will have and what memorabilia the Cardinals already have and what they are trying to purchase, so for this post, I will stick with exhibits I would like to see and some technology I would like to see at the Hall.

The Hall will probably have lots of space and lots of exhibits, so I would like to see a smart phone app for the Hall, available for iPhone and Android.  It could have a location map, hours open, price of admission, and a map of all the exhibits.  It could also be tied into a Cardinals Nation app.  I will mention rotating exhibits below, and this app could alert you to new exhibits being placed in the hall.  Each exhibit could have QR codes, which you could scan with your smart phone to find out more about that particular exhibit.

There needs to be permanent exhibits and rotating exhibits.  Permanent exhibits need no explanation, but  rotating exhibits bring people back to the Hall. If you’ve seen the Hall once, you won’t go back to see it again unless there is something fresh and new.  I will give some of my ideas for rotating exhibits below.

Not only should there be items to look at, there should be interactive exhibits as well.  Some people, including my son, are tactile learners.  They need to touch in order to learn. Some items will have to be put behind glass for protection, obviously, but some exhibits should be interactive.

Here are my choices for permanent exhibits:

There must, of course, be a large Stan Musial exhibit.  This could include the ball from his 3,000th hit, one of his uniforms, and whatever else the curators would like to include.  There should be a TV showing films of when he played.

This day in Cardinals history – This exhibit would be in the form of a  computer touch screen. You would select a date and it shows what happened in Cardinals history on that date.  Cardinals Journal by John Snyder (which I bought my hubby for Christmas one year) was the inspiration for this exhibit.  If nothing happened on the date that the visitor selected, the program would go on to the next date that something happened in Cardinals history.

Most Valuable Player exhibit – This would include information from every player that has won the National League MVP and the National League Championship Series, and the World Series MVP.

An exhibit on all 3 Busch Stadiums – This would include 3D models (like the ones in the administrative offices, if you’ve ever seen those) plus stats on each stadium like location on a map, address, year opened, year closed, seating capacity, cost to build, year built, year demolished, etc.

An exhibit on all the different variations of uniforms the Cardinals have worn –   This would be real uniforms on mannequins, both full length mannequins and bust mannequins (from the waist up but without arms).  Each uniform would have details about years worn, whether road or away, etc.

Broadcaster exhibit – This exhibit would include all the Cardinals’ radio and TV broadcasters. Of course, this would be a multi-media exhibit, with  video and audio clips.  There would also be a microphone where (for an additional fee) you could make your own call of a famous Cardinals event, which would be recorded and given to you on a CD.  If you wanted to be a TV announcer, it would be recorded and given to you on a DVD.  There would be scripts available for you to read off of.

No Cardinals Hall of Fame museum would be complete without an exhibit of all the Cardinals who are in the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame.  This would include all players with retired uniform numbers, and it would include photos of players, stats, biographical blurbs and memorabilia.

Since the Cardinals have won 11 World Series championships, there should be an exhibit with an overview of all the World Series wins, with memorabilia, photos, scorecards, programs, etc.

If you’ve ever visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois (and if you haven’t, I suggest you do – you’ll enjoy it), you know that the museum has 2 theaters with films for viewing.   The Hall of Fame could have a theater with films of World Series games, World War II newsreels with game coverage, etc.  These could be shown on a rotating basis.  The ALPM also has life size models of the Lincolns that you can have your photo taken with.   The Hall could have some life size models of Cardinals players that you can get your photo taken with, such as Stan the Man, Ozzie Smith, etc.  These could be placed inside the Hall or outside near the front door.

Rotating exhibits would be placed in one room.  This is for ease of tearing down exhibits and putting up new ones.  Here are my suggestions for rotating exhibits:

Milestone anniversaries of World Series wins  – for example, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series win.  This would be larger than the overview referenced above, to include scorecards, video footage (if available), audio clips, displays, photographs, etc.

An exhibit on all the various owners that the Cardinals have had, with biographies and photographs. This would include audio and video clips, if available.

An exhibit of all the Cardinals managers, with biographies, stats, audio and video clips, etc..

An exhibit with individual popular players – Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Albert Pujols, Rogers Hornsby, etc., which would include a  life sized cutout,  photos, stats, awards, biography,etc.  There would be one player featured each month.

An exhibit of all minor league teams, past and present – History, photographs, maps, uniforms, etc.

An exhibit of women in Cardinals baseball – From Helene Hathaway Robinson Britton to Jenifer Langosch, women have played a part in the Cardinals’ history.

An exhibit of all World Series rings – Under glass and locked, of course.  There could also be a display of how World Series rings are designed and what goes into making a ring.

And every museum has to have a gift shop.  The Hall’s gift shop would include Hall of Fame T-shirts, pens, refrigerator magnets, coffee mugs, etc.  It could also feature books tied into the various exhibits, as well as team history books.

Every museum needs a catch phrase.  Here’s mine for the new Hall of Fame:  “Rich history, bright present, promising future.”

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my thoughts about the new Hall of Fame museum.  Thanks for reading!  See you next time!


The WWLCB Father’s Day gift giving guide

Chances are you inherited your love of Cardinals baseball from your father.  And if you did, you can’t go wrong giving him something Cardinals related for Father’s Day.  Hubby and I gave Cardinals related items to his father for Father’s Day until he passed away in 2009.  In case you need some assistance in finding a Father’s Day gift for your favorite dad, grandfather, father-in-law or father of your children (which hopefully would be your husband), I’ve posted some gift suggestions below.  I apologize for the long URL’s for the items below; for some reason, the WordPress link addition button is not working, much to my frustration. If the link is is gray or red, you can right click on the link and select “open in a new tab”; if not, you will have to copy and paste it into a browser.


Does your Father’s Day gift recipient enjoy reading?  There are many great books about the Cardinals, but I’ll highlight some below.

 Intentional Walk:  An Inside Look at the Faith that Drives the St. Louis Cardinals by Rob Rains – Here’s some of the publisher’s description, which is much better than mine would be:  “The St. Louis Cardinals have long been one of the most successful franchises in the major leagues. They have won 11 World Series titles and some of the most famous players in the history of the game have worn the storied “Birds on the Bat” uniform.

While that on-field success has been well documented, Intentional Walk is the first book which goes beyond the story of what happens on the field to take an in-depth look at the men inside the Cardinal uniforms, and examine how their strong Christian faith is one of the driving forces behind their success.”  I haven’t read this book yet, but hope to soon.  You can purchase it here:

One Last Strike:  Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel – This is Tony’s book about his last season with the Cardinals.  Here’s the publisher’s description:  “One Last Strike by legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is a thrilling sports comeback story. La Russa, the winner of four Manager of the Year awards—who led his teams to six Pennant wins and three World Series crowns—chronicles one of the most exciting end-of-season runs in baseball history, revealing with fascinating behind-the-scenes details how, under his expert management, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in the 2011 World Series despite countless injuries, mishaps, and roadblocks along the way. Talking candidly about the remarkable season—and his All-Star players like Albert Pujols and David Freese—the recently retired La Russa celebrates his fifty years in baseball, his team’s amazing recovery from 10 ½ games back, and one final, unforgettable championship in a book that no true baseball fan will want to miss.”  Here’s the link to purchase:

Stan Musial:  An American Life by George Vecsey – I thought I would add this book due to Stan’s recent passing . This would be an appropriate gift for the older Cardinals fan.  This book covers Stan’s life off and on the field.  Here’s the publisher’s description: “Veteran sports journalist George Vecsey finally gives this twenty-time All-Star and St. Louis Cardinals icon the biographical treatment he deserves. Stan Musial is the definitive portrait of one of the game’s best-loved but most unappreciated legends—told through the remembrances of those who played beside, worked with, and covered “Stan the Man” over the course of his nearly seventy years in the national spotlight. Away from the diamond, Musial proved a savvy businessman and a model of humility and graciousness toward his many fans in St. Louis and around the world. From Keith Hernandez’s boyhood memories of Musial leaving tickets for him when the Cardinals were in San Francisco to the little-known story of Musial’s friendship with novelist James Michener, Vecsey weaves an intimate oral history around one of the great gentlemen of baseball’s Greatest Generation.”  You can purchase it at the link here:

You should also be able to purchase these books at your local bookstore, should you not want to go the Amazon route.  These titles are also available in ebook format.

Licensed merchandise

If  reading isn’t your Father’s Day gift recipient’s cup of tea, merchandise with the Cardinals’ logo on it may be a welcome gift.  Here’s some suggestions from the Cardinals’ website. A warning if you’re going to order from the Cardinals’ website:  June 10 is the deadline for standard shipping, June 12 is the deadline for two day shipping and June 13 is the deadline for overnight shipping.

Every guy wears a watch, right? And a guy needs a dressy watch for work or for special occasions, and a more casual watch for hanging out or for wearing to the ballgame.  The sharp looking watch pictured at left, along with many others, can be found at the link here:

Do you know a new dad who’s also a Cardinals fan?  He may enjoy a Cardinals diaper bag.  You can purchase one at the link here:

Every guy needs a wallet too, and this leather wallet embossed with the Cardinals logo would be a great gift.  You can purchase this wallet at this link:

Guys need bags to lug their stuff back and forth to the gym and/or the office.  There is a great selection of work, gym and travel bags at this link:

The executive dad would enjoy a Cardinals tie to wear to the office.  This good looking tie is available at this link:

There are other nice accessories, including sunglasses, golf umbrellas, belts, and bracelets and necklaces here:

Does your gift recipient have a favorite player that no longer plays on the team, or maybe has always wanted a Cardinals shirt with his name and favorite number on the back?  You can get a personalized Cardinals t-shirt at this link:

Or if you would like to spend more money, you can get a personalized jersey at this link:  One of my dreams is to get a personalized authentic jersey.  I need to win the lottery first, though.

You can also get authentic jerseys of current players here:  Or, if you want replica jerseys of current players here:

For the old school Cardinals fans, you can purchase Cooperstown jerseys here:

Does your gift recipient have a man cave?  Authentic Cardinals memorabilia would look great in a man cave, and you can find all sorts of memorabilia at this link:

If you’re a last minute shopper and you live in the St. Louis area, Walmart, Kmart and Target carry some Cardinals merchandise.  You can find a greater variety of items at a Cardinals Clubhouse store, which are located in St. Louis and  Branson in Missouri and Fairview Heights in Illinois.

Game tickets

Sometimes the best gift you can give is the gift of your time.  And what better way to spend time with your Father’s Day gift recipient than to take him to a Cardinals baseball game?  The Cardinals are not playing at Busch Stadium this Father’s Day, but there are plenty of other games to choose from.  Here’s the link to buy single game tickets:

I hope this post helped you select a gift for your favorite Father’s Day gift recipient. Thanks for reading!  See you next time!


Rock the vote!

The All-Star vote, that is.  The front runners in the NL All-Star Game vote were announced today and there are no Cardinals players on the list.  Not even our beloved Yadier Molina, the best catcher in baseball, who was the recipient of the 2012 Gold Glove and the 2012 Platinum Glove, is #1 on the list.  Yadi trails the Giants’ Buster Posey by 300,000 votes.  This is a travesty.  The Cardinals have the best record in baseball and none of their players are in the lead at their positions.

There is a way to rectify this and you can help.  If you have not filled out your All-Star ballot, do it now! You do not have to attend a Major League game to get a paper All-Star Game ballot, although you certainly can if you’re able to get to a game. You can place your All-Star Game ballot vote online.  This is much easier and there are no possibilities of “hanging chads.”  You can vote up to 25 times per email address.  If you hook up your ballot to your account, you can vote an additional 10 times.  Okay, maybe that’s stuffing the ballot box.  LOL!  Here’s the direct link to the All-Star Game ballot:

You can’t vote for pitchers, since those are chosen by the AL and NL team managers, but you can vote for position players (and the DH for the American League).  The Cards have several deserving players.  Besides the aforementioned Mr. Molina, Carlos Beltran deserves to be an All-Star.  He has been awesome this season.  Carlos is currently 4th in the outfield voting field.  Matt Carpenter has been playing quite well at 2B.  If I could vote for pitchers, I would vote for Lance Lynn as a starter and Edward Mujica as the closer.  They both have great records this year.

As you may know, whichever league wins the All-Star Game gets home field advantage in the World Series.  The National League has won the last three All-Star Games and (you guessed it) the National League has won the last three World Series – 2010, Giants; 2011, Cardinals; and 2012, Giants. (Hey, that means it’s the Cards’ turn again!  LOL!)  So we want to make sure that we load the All-Star Game with Cardinals players.

So just in case you missed it above, here’s the link to the online All-Star Game ballot again:  Remember, vote early, vote often and vote Cardinals!  Don’t forget, All-Star Game voting ends July 7.  Drop me a note in the comment section below and let me know you voted.  Thanks for reading! See you next time!