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.

Books

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: http://www.amazon.com/Intentional-Walk-Inside-Drives-Cardinals/dp/084996458X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370828274&sr=8-1&keywords=Intentional+Walk.

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:  http://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Strike-Baseball-Championship/dp/0062207547/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370829256&sr=1-1&keywords=larussa+one+last+strike

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:  http://www.amazon.com/Stan-Musial-An-American-Life/dp/0345517075/ref=pd_sim_b_3

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:  http://shop.mlb.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4026667&cp=1452901

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:  http://mlb.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pMLB2-15985173nm.jpg

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:  http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3478088&cp=1452901.11781637

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:  http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3478088&cp=1452901.11781637

The executive dad would enjoy a Cardinals tie to wear to the office.  This good looking tie is available at this link:  http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11762467&cp=1452901.1502589

There are other nice accessories, including sunglasses, golf umbrellas, belts, and bracelets and necklaces here:  http://shop.mlb.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=1502589&doVSearch=no&cp=1452901&page=1&pageBucket=0&doVSearch=no

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:  http://shop.mlb.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3306616

Or if you would like to spend more money, you can get a personalized jersey at this link:  http://shop.mlb.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=1502582&cp=1452899  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:  http://shop.mlb.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=703755&cp=1452899  Or, if you want replica jerseys of current players here:  http://shop.mlb.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=1473437&cp=1452899

For the old school Cardinals fans, you can purchase Cooperstown jerseys here:  http://shop.mlb.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=1502586&cp=1452899

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:  http://shop.mlb.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=1452905&cp=1452367&clickid=topnav_subnav_txt

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:  http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=stl&y=2013

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

Diane

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