Founded in 1882, the St. Louis Cardinals are one of the oldest baseball teams in the United States and one of two teams from Missouri. As one of the founding members of Major League Baseball, they have participated in the National League ever since.
The Cardinals name came from the game attire at the time. A journalist overheard a fan talking about the jerseys and comparing them to the Cardinal birds. He picked up on that name and from then on still used the Cardinals name in his reporting. The fans liked it so much that management had the name changed.
The St. Louis franchise not only has a long history steeped in tradition, but also a very successful one. They have 19 World Series appearances to their credit and have won the championships 11 times. Since their first World Series in 1926, there have only been three decades in which they have not been in the finals at least once.
Led by Cardinals legend Stan Musial, they dominated in the '40s, took the World Series three times from 1942-1946, and also made the finals in 1943. Cardinals fans certainly won't forget the '60s either, as it was Lou Brock who led St. Louis to 2 titles and 3 finals appearances from 1964-1968.
In all those years, the Cardinals played their home games in 4 different ball parks. After playing at Busch Memorial Stadium for 40 years, the current Busch Stadium opened in 2006 not far from the Mississipi River. It has a capacity of 44,494 spectators and has inherited some of the design features of its predecessor.
At Busch Stadium, the large interlocking STL in the red team color stands out immediately. This symbol can be seen in red and white on the official on-field caps. Clearly more present is the bird sitting on a baseball bat above the "Cardinals" lettering below. This Cardinal serves as the primary logo and can be found on all jerseys and caps.
One figurehead is Yadier Molina, who will finish his career after the 2022 season. He has only ever played for the Cardinals and won the World Series with them in 2006 and 2011. To develop such players, St. Louis relies on its farm teams, the Memphis Redbirds, Springfield Cardinals, Peoria Chiefs and Palm Beach Cardinals.