Baseball and St. Louis go together like beer and brats, and the relationship between the city and sport began more than 130 years ago.
Chris Von der Ahe, a German grocer and beer-garden proprietor, risked his life savings in the 1880s, when he founded the franchise that would become today’s St. Louis Cardinals.
As author Edward Achorn describes in his newest book, Von der Ahe knew little about baseball but would become one of the most important and amusing figures in the game’s history.
Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 9:17 am
As a new season of Major League Baseball begins, one photographer focuses on baseballs past — that is, baseballs that have lain dormant well after their last pitch.
For years, photographer Don Hamerman walked his dog near an old baseball diamond in Stamford, Conn. And in all different seasons, in all kinds of weather, Hamerman picked up old baseballs.
He brought them back to his studio, where they sat around for years until he finally decided to start photographing them in 2005.
We know the question, unquestionably, in many Cardinals fans' heads right now is something like this:
"What? Number FIVE? We're number one!"
Well, Cardinals pride aside, the Redbirds' home turf has been rated as the number 5 best ballpark in America by TripAdvisor.
The site lists Busch between Fenway Park in Boston and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The number one spot for major league baseball in the country? PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
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