Ladies’ Night (and birthday night) at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum – A report

img_0012I spent last Friday evening  dining at Cardinals Nation and perusing the new “Women in Baseball” exhibit at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.  It was a great way to spend my birthday.  How am I and/or the Cardinals going to top this next year?

Since I work in downtown St. Louis, I decided to stay downtown rather than go home and come back later.  I goofed around on my cell phone for a while after I clocked out, then I went to change my clothes and freshen up.  I had a reservation at Cardinals Nation for 5:30; however, my stomach started rumbling around 5:15, so I thought I’d head over to the restaurant and see if I could get seated early.  One of my friends was supposed to come and hang out with me; however, she begged off, stating she was in a sad mood and didn’t want to drag me down with her. What a shame – I think she would have had a great time.  But I can enjoy my own company (as long as I have my cell phone), and it was kind of nice being able to hear my own thoughts for a change.

When I arrived at Cardinals Nation, I asked the ladies at the front desk if they had any idea whether any of the activities were going to be held downstairs at the restaurant or whether all the activities were going to be upstairs at the museum.  They had no clue, unfortunately, so they guided me to a table.  I made a reservation because I thought that there would be a lot of people wanting to see the museum.  However, there were maybe 10 people there.

When I made my reservation, Cardinals Nation sent me an email with an offer for a free appetizer, since it was the first time I had made a reservation there.  Free food! How cool was that!  Haley was my waitress.  I pulled up the free appetizer email on my cell phone and once we got the code straightened out, she ordered my appetizer. Some of the waitresses came over to chat with me – I guess Haley told them I was a Cardinals blogger. I passed out my card with my blog post address and Twitter name.  I didn’t want to eat too much since I had a lot of birthday goodies at work that day, so  I ended up ordering a bowl of cheddar broccoli soup and a half salad. The pretzel bites appetizer and the soup and salad were enough.

There was a card on each table announcing the food and drink specials specially themed for the Women in Baseball exhibit.
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At 6 PM, I decided to go upstairs since the festivities were starting.  I asked Haley if I could leave my jacket and my tote bag downstairs. I really didn’t want to drag them around upstairs.  Haley assured me that she would keep an eye on my stuff.  I dashed out the side door so I could take the elevator upstairs. An older couple came through the doors with a confused look on their faces. I asked them if they were here for the Women in Baseball exhibit and they said yes.  “Well, follow me!” I said, and they rode upstairs in the elevator with me.

Here are the windows for the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees that are located outside the museum.

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I asked the older couple who rode up the elevator with me whether they’d ever been to the museum before.  They said no.  I told them that they were really going to enjoy it.  They stood at the wall with all of the quotes on it, and I left them behind and moved on since I’d read all the quotes before.

Since I have been to the museum before (see my blog post on that here), I headed to one of my favorite exhibits, the Stan Musial exhibit.   I looked at some of the artifacts and opened the drawers to see some other items.  One of the other exhibits that caught my eye was this old scorecard, in the photo below.  It appears that there are 4 boxes per at bat for each batter.  One box for each pitch, perhaps? If any of my readers can explain how this scorecard works, please comment below.

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When I saw the banner pictured above, I knew I had finally found the Women in Baseball exhibit. And the first person I saw was Jenifer Langosch, the beat writer for the Cardinals.  I went up and introduced myself using my Twitter name (@Diane1611).  We had a lovely conversation about blogging and the UCB.  I did want to give other folks the opportunity to talk with her, so I decided it was time to look at the exhibit.

The first exhibit I viewed was about Helene Hathaway Robison Britton, the woman owner of the Cardinals from 1911-1918.  I have written a blog post about her before, and you can read it here if you’re interested. Here’s a photo of the exhibit:

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The next exhibit featured the lady who designed the birds for the Cardinals logo.  Here is a photo of that exhibit:

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The next exhibit featured the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, the subject of the movie “A League of Their Own.”  The photos of the players you see below are from ladies who played on those teams who live in the St. Louis metro area. Some of these players signed autographs at FanFest for the 2009 All-Star Game.  I overhead the curator tell someone that Barbara Hoffman, one of the players, has a booth at the St. Clair County Flea Market every month.  I think I’m going have to go the flea market next month and search for her.  Here’s a photo of the AAGPBL exhibit:

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There was a secondary exhibit on the AAGBPL, which was a map that showed where all the teams were located.  This exhibit also showed how the baseballs that the teams used shrunk in size over the years.  Here’s a photo:

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The next exhibit is based on the ballpark favorite, “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.” We normally just sing the refrain during the 7th inning stretch, but the verses are about a lady named Katie Casey who wants her date to take her to the ballgame.  Here’s a photo of this exhibit:

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The next exhibit reviews what was once known as Ladies’ Day at the ballpark.  The Cardinals were one of the first teams to institute Ladies’ Day.  This exhibit also shows a couple of the promotional items for the ladies.  Here’s a photo:

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The next three exhibits explain other promotions for ladies by the Cardinals over the years and how women hand sewed the Cardinals’ uniforms:

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After I was done looking at the Women in Baseball exhibit, I decided to explore the rest of the museum.  I love my hubby and son, but when we go somewhere, they’re always in a hurry to look at things and then leave.  I sat down in the Busch Stadium II section and watched a film clip of Ozzie Smith hitting his HR against the Dodgers in the 1985 playoffs.  I told the ladies sitting in front of me about my memory of that HR.  I was driving up Hwy. 55, going home from my job at Shattinger Music Company on South Broadway.  I was taking the exit to the Poplar Street Bridge eastbound off of 55.  It was a warm day, so I had the car window open. Ozzie hit the HR just as I was getting on the bridge, so I heard it on the radio and heard the loud crowd noise. It was magic.

As I wandered around the museum and looked at all the memorabilia, I realized how much I missed baseball.  I wondered to myself if they would let me live at the museum.  There’s a bench that I could sleep on and plenty of places to get a meal.  I work just a few blocks away.  But then I realized they probably wouldn’t let me live there, so I decided it was time to go downstairs and get a beer since it was my birthday after all.

I sat at my table and Haley came over to see if I  needed anything.  Since one of the drink specials was $1.00 off of a bottle of craft beer, I decided to get a bottle of Blue Moon and not the local product for a change.  I looked up to see two older ladies sitting in a booth next to my table.  The one lady asked me if I’d like to come and join them.  Of course! When you’re a Cardinals fan, another Cardinals fan is always a fast friend.  We spoke about the museum exhibit.  I asked if they had ever been to any of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and they said they had not.  One of the ladies offered me half of her hamburger and the other shared some of her fries with me.  I couldn’t say no. If you’re reading this, ladies, I’m sorry that I have forgotten your names, or I would have put them in this post.

There was a DJ playing tunes in the restaurant.  Jenifer came down and talked with the DJ about the new exhibit and the DJ dropped the fact that Jenifer is the only female beat writer in MLB.  How amazing!  The female curator of the museum came down and also talked with the DJ about the museum.  There were giveaways of bobbleheads and the new book about the evolution of the Cardinals logos and uniforms.  I took the forms up to drop in the box at the DJ booth and mentioned to the DJ that it was my birthday.  “Then you deserve a present!” he said and gave me a Cardinals Nation aluminum water bottle.  My tablemates won bobbleheads, but I didn’t win anything.  I guess the water bottle was my reward.  I would have really liked a copy of that new book.  I mentioned to Haley that it was my birthday and she said, “Oh! You get a free birthday brownie!”  More free food!   The brownie arrived with a side of ice cream.  I ate the ice cream but took the brownie home to eat later.

I left about 8 PM to walk down to the Metrolink station to go home.  I had a wonderful evening.  If you haven’t been to the Cardinals Museum, I highly recommend that you visit.  It truly is a magical place for all of us who love Cardinals baseball.

That’s all for now! Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

 

 

It’s time for the 2015 Cardinals Blogger Award ballot!

UCB_11While you’re waiting for the 2016 season to begin, you can think about and vote for what Cardinals blogs (hopefully this one) you’ve enjoyed and podcasts you enjoyed this past season.  You can also think about and vote for your favorite players and favorite games as well.

The Blogger Awards are split into two parts, On-Field Awards and Blog Awards.   Click this link to vote on the ballot.  Here is a preview of the ballot, to get you thinking about how you’re going to vote:

On-Field Awards:

1.  Cardinal Player of the Year

Matt Carpenter
Jason Heyward
Jhonny Peralta
Stephen Piscotty
Other

2.  Cardinal Pitcher of the Year
Jaime Garcia
John Lackey
Carlos Martinez
Trevor Rosenthal
Other

3. Game of the Year

May 31 vs. LAD (Martinez pitches on OT Day)
August 31 vs. WAS (five run rally)
September 9 vs. CHC (Piscotty caps rally)
September 20 vs. CHC (Heyward throws out Rizzo)
September 28 vs. PIT (Scoreless into 9th)
September 28 vs. PIT (Scoreless into 9th)
Other

4. Surprise Cardinal Player of the Year

John Lackey
Stephen Piscotty
Trevor Rosenthal
Other

5. Disappointing Cardinal Player of the Year

Peter Bourjos
Jon Jay
Brandon Moss
Other

6. Cardinal Rookie of the Year

Mitch Harris
Tommy Pham
Stephen Piscotty
Other

7. Acquisition of the Year

Jonathan Broxton
Steve Cishek
Jason Heyward
Brandon Moss
Other

8. Most Anticipated Cardinal

Anthony Garcia
Michael Ohlman
Alex Reyes
Luke Weaver
Other

9. Biggest Cardinal Injury

Matt Adams
Matt Holliday
Carlos Martinez
Adam Wainwright
Other

Blog Awards

10. Cardinal Blog of the Year, One Writer Only

Your answer

11. Cardinal Blog of the Year, Two or More Writers

Your answer

12. Best Media Coverage

Derrick Goold
Jenifer Langosch
Bernie Miklasz
Rob Rains
Other

13. Best Rookie Cardinal Blog

Me and Willie McGee
The Redbird Retreat
Other :

14. Post of the Year

Are the Cardinals Supposed To Be Scared? (About.com)
Talking Twitter With the Cards (C70 At The Bat)
In Defense of Mike Matheny (KSDK)
Carlos Martinez, Human Tsunami (The Redbird Retreat)
Why Billy Southworth Managed Cardinals With Heavy Heart (RetroSimba)
Other

15. Best UCB Podcast

Best Dans in Baseball
Bird Seeds (video cast)
Conversations with C70
Gateway to Baseball Heaven
STL CardGals
Talking About Birds
UCB Radio Hour
Other :

16. Best Non-UCB Podcast

Best Podcast in Baseball
Cubs Cards Cast
St. Louis Cardinals Extras (MLB.com)
Viva El Birdos
Other

17. Best Cardinal Podcaster (one name)

Your answer

18. Best Cardinal Twitterer

Your answer

Just in case you missed the link, here it is:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZBbpjQHEH6VLtH3jwZ2tTPGRc4xvZCsI7vdM8AsB-ic/viewform  Hey, don’t forget to vote for me!  My Twitter handle is @Diane1611.  If you want to see the winners of the Awards, you can go to http://www.unitedcardinalbloggers.com/.

Thanks for reading! See you  next time!

Diane

Back on track and back in town

Cards trainWhat a difference a week makes.  As you may recall, in last week’s post, I mentioned that the Cards looked tired and that they really needed the All-Star break.  Matt Holliday did return to the lineup on Friday.  It took a few days, but the Cards are playing like the hot team from the first part of the season. Holliday’s grand slam HR on Tuesday was very exciting.  And Yadi hit an amazing triple last night and cleared the bases. I haven’t seen him run that fast in a long time. Hopefully, the team is back on track and there will be no more slumps (or injuries) this season.  The Cardinals are the first team to get to 60 wins this season.  I still think the Cards need to pick up an everyday first baseman.  Adam Lind of the Brewers would be a great pickup.  Hey, Mo, go get this deal done, OK?

The Cards start an 11 game homestand tonight, and I’m sure the guys are glad to be home.  My son and I will be at Monday’s night’s game – we purchased tickets during the $4 July 4th sale  We will be in sec. 367, row 14, so come by and say hi if you’ll be at the game. Here’s the homestand highlights:

 HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS (Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, August 2, 2015)Team Mickey Day, Star Wars Night and Lou Brock Bobblehead highlight the eighth homestand of 2015

ST. LOUIS, July 23, 2015– The Cardinals are back at Busch for an 11-game stretch which kicks off tonight with a make-up game versus the Kansas City Royals. The homestand continues with a three-game series with both the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds, and concludes with a four-game series versus the Colorado Rockies. The homestand is highlighted by Team Mickey Day, Star Wars Night, six stadium-wide giveaways and photo day.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Make-up Game: Today’s game is the rescheduled date for the rained-out June 14th game versus the Kansas City Royals. Fans holding tickets for the original June 14 date may use the same ticket for admittance to today’s game.
  •  Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms.
  • 1985 Throwback Uniforms and Bases: Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of their 1985 World Series matchup, the Cardinals and Royals will play today’s game in 1985 throwback uniforms – home white for the Cardinals and powder blue for the visiting Royals. The Cardinals will also use commemorative bases which will be available for purchase through Cardinals Authentics by visiting the store or calling 314.345.9851 (cardinals.com/authentics).

     

 

 

Friday, July 24, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Al Hrabosky Bobblehead: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a collectible Al Hrabosky bobblehead, honoring his playing days with the St. Louis Cardinals. Presented by FOX Sports Midwest (#CardsPromo). Hrabosky will also throw a ceremonial pitch before the game.

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Boogie Chyld in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) following the game.
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum. Today’s featured items will include a pair of Al Hrabosky cleats and more. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum(#CardsMuseum). 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • Umpire Camp: Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day camp for anyone interested in umpiring in baseball and softball, including those aiming to begin professional careers. The camp will be held at Busch Stadium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m. near Gate 3). Staff for the event will include many accomplished former MLB Umpires, current MLB Supervisors and Observers, and Minor League Baseball officials. For more information on how to participate in this camp and future MLB Umpire Camps, interested applicants can visit facebook.com/mlb.camps or e-mail mlbumpirecamps@mlb.com. (I would like to go to this, but hubby won’t let me. Can someone please persuade him?  – DMS)
  • Adult Replica Saturday Alternate Wainwright Jersey: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, receive a replica Adam Wainwright jersey, courtesy of Equifax (#CardsPromo).

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music from Jackson Howard in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) after the game.

Sunday, July 26, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (1:15 p.m.)

#TeamMickey

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Beach Towel: 25,000 ticketed-fans receive a Cardinals Beach Towel courtesy of Apple Vacations (#CardsPromo).

  • #TeamMickey Day at the Ballpark: Fans that purchase the special Team Mickey Day ticket will receive a limited edition co-branded Mickey Mouse New Era hat and enjoy a day full of exciting Mickey Mouse-themed activities, giveaways and special surprises. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Ticket voucher in order to receive this promotional item (#TeamMickey).

 

  • Peanut Controlled Day:  This unique opportunity allows our fans with peanut allergies to sit in a “Peanut Controlled Zone.” Fans who purchase the special Peanut Controlled Theme Ticket will sit in a section where sales of peanuts will be halted and fans will not be allowed to consume peanut products in that area. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last). 
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms. 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 

Monday, July 27, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#AmericanGirlNight

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • American Girl Night at the Ballpark (#AmericanGirlNight): Fans who purchase this special American Girl Night Theme Ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardinals T-shirt for their American Girl Doll and a matching T-shirt transfer. Fans holding a sold-out VIP ticket for the event will also enjoy a pregame picnic with crafting station, photo opportunities, mobile hair salon for dolls, a talent show, prizes- including the chance to win an American Girl Doll- and more. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/theme. (#CardsTheme) Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item. *DOLL NOT INCLUDED

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Battle At Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals present the Battle at Busch concert series. The 2015 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Destination Z, Conquer As They Come and 5th Pocket. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 22 in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#ChristmasInJuly

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Christmas In July (#ChristmasInJuly): Celebrate Christmas in July at Busch Stadium! Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Snow Globe. Famous Christmas characters and Santa Fredbird will be in Ford Plaza for photo opportunities as well. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • Rick Horton Budweiser Bash Theme Night (#BudBash): Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a limited edition Rick Horton mini bobblehead as the Cardinals celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Nationals League Champion Cardinals. VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Horton. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item. Horton will also throw a ceremonial pitch prior to the game.

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • Redbird Rookies Parade: Members of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play, will participate in a special parade around the warning track prior to the game.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

#StarWarsNight

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Star Wars Night at the Ballpark (#StarWarsNight): Busch Stadium will transform into a galaxy far, far away as the Cardinals host Star Wars Night, presented by Kohl’s. Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Star Wars Cardinals t-shirt. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Stand Up to Cancer. From 5:45 p.m. until 8 p.m., fans will be able to take pictures with members of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization that dresses as costumed Star Wars characters, who will be stationed in Riverview Corner and Ford Plaza. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • Take Me Out To The Ballgame Contest Winner: During the seventh inning stretch, Germantown Elementary School, winners of the fan-vote “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” Contest will have their video shown on the scoreboard. They also receive a one-of-a-kind VIP experience at Busch, including a photo opportunity with Germantown native, Red Schoendienst.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

#FansFightCancer

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Cancer Awareness Night (#FansFightCancer): The Cardinals and Siteman Cancer Center are teaming up to bring fans Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium. Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness hat, with the color of the “STL” logo on the front of the hat corresponding to the awareness color of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area. A portion of each ticket sold will also be donated back to cancer research in St. Louis. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 
  • Bass Pro Catch and Release Pond: Prior to the game, kids can enjoy “catching fish” in Bass Pro’s Catch and Release Pond, located outside of the Cardinals Team Store at 8th & Clark. Fans have the opportunity to take a photo with their fish, earn “First Fish” certificates and receive special giveaway items.
  • Redbird Rookies Parade: Members of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play, will participate in a special parade around the warning track prior to the game.  

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Lou Brock Bobblehead: On the day of MLB’s trade deadline, 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Lou Brock bobblehead commemorating Brock’s arrival to the Cardinals via the Cubs – one of baseball’s most memorable trades. Presented by Lindenwood University (#CardsPromo).

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors. Two current Cardinals players will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans 15 years old and younger from 4:45-5:15 (Players TBD). Former Cardinals players Kyle McClellan and Scott Terry will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 5:15-6:00. *Players subject to change* 
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. Auction tables are located at Gate 1, Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club and Redbird Club.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) following the game.
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum. Today’s featured items will include a pair of Al Hrabosky cleats and more. For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum(#CardsMuseum). 

Saturday, August 1, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

#CardsPhotoDay

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • Build-a-Bear Workshop Bear: 12,000 ticketed-fans, ages 15 and under, receive a Cardinals bear, courtesy of Build-a-Bear Workshop (#CardsPromo).

  • Photo Day: Prior to the game, fans will be allowed on the field to get up-close and personal photos of their favorite players, coaches and Fredbird. Field access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Weather permitting. Fans are encouraged to share their photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CardsPhotoDay. 
  • Cardinals Wives ‘Grab Bag’ Fundraiser for The Covering House: During the game, the Cardinals Wives will be selling grab bags of autographed baseballs to raise money for The Covering House, a local nonprofit which provides a place of refuge and restoration for girls who have experienced sexual trafficking or sexual exploitation. For $50, fans can purchase an unlabeled brown paper bag containing one autographed baseball from a current Cardinals player and a card identifying the signature. The Wives will be stationed at various locations throughout the stadium including inside Gate 3, Cardinals Club, Redbird Club and Ford Plaza. General donations are also accepted. Learn more at cardinals.com/wivescare (#CardsWives).
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 
  • Live Music at Cardinals Nation: There will be free live music in the Hall of Fame Club (2nd floor of the Cardinals Nation Restaurant) after the game.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Kids Replica Alternate Wong Jersey: 12,000 ticketed-fans, ages 15 and under, receive a kid’s alternate Wong jersey, courtesy of Powerade and Shop ‘N Save (#CardsPromo).

  • Fredbird’s Birthday Bash Weekend: The Cardinals are celebrating their beloved bird’s birthday with some of his furry friends. Raymond from the Tampa Bay Rays will help celebrate Fredbird’s birthday at the game along with Swinging Friar from the San Diego Padres.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last). 
  • Prairie Farms Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting). Presented by Prairie Farms. 
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1, Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities. 
  • Jewish Community Day: The Cardinals are celebrating the Jewish community at today’s game. Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Yarmulke. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme(#CardsTheme). Fans must present the special Theme Night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.

More Homestand Information

Peralta, Wong and Cards 2015 HOF Class Highlight the Latest Edition of Cardinals Magazine                             

Wouldn’t it be a blast to watch a game with Adam Wainwright and his family at his home? Or learn more about the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees from the likes of Bob Gibson and Tim McCarver? How about discovering 9 new things you should know about All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta?

These must-read stories and much more are the foundation of the wall-to-wall coverage inside the newest issue of Cardinals Magazine, which presents the most comprehensive, colorful look at the present, future and past of all-things-Cardinals. The brand-new issue delivers on all fronts, with 120 pages of content including a revealing profile on the electrifying Kolten Wong, exclusive scouting reports on the club’s top 10 signees from the 2015 draft and a no-nonsense evaluation of the 45 Hall of Famers with a “Cardinals connection” – and who really earned their place in the Hall as Redbirds.

During this homestand, Cardinals Magazine is on sale for just $5 inside each gate from our refurbished vendor carts, the Team Store, and the Cardinals Authentics Shop inside Ballpark Village. It’s also available at many area retailers, notably Schnucks, Dierbergs, QT, Walgreens and Cardinals Clubhouse. To order a subscription—and receive 2 FREE tickets to most any Monday through Thursday home game—visit cardinals.com/magazine or call 314.345.9000 (#CardsMag).

Don’t forget, when you go to a Cardinals game, you can purchase the magazine for $5 and get a free scorecard ($2.50 value).  That’s a great deal, which I have taken advantage of 3 times this season.

Thanks as always for reading! If you are a new reader, welcome!  Follow me on Twitter @Diane1611. See you next time!

Diane