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by Peter Golenbock

The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns

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Every Cardinals fan should own this one. It details not only the history of the team with the most World Championships in National League history, but also the second sister, the lowly Browns, the worst team in the American League for many years until they moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles in 1954. Golenbock details the start of baseball in St. Louis in the 1870's, and of the budding baseball rivalry with Chicago which exists to this day. Back then, the American Association team was called the Brown Stockings, and they eventually went on to become the Cardinals franchise. From that point Golenbock details the famous players, teams, managers, owners, and general managers of the team. Branch Rickey and his development of the modern farm system play a central role in this book, as well they should. Hall of Famers such as Rogers Hornsby, Dizzy Dean, Stan "The Man" Musial, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson, and Lou Brock, to name just a few, are discussed. The St. Louis Cardinals have a proud winning tradition, and this book chronicles the events which have cultivated this attitude. Envious Cubs fans may want to take note of how a professional sports organization should be run, and I say that only partly tongue-in-cheek. 672 pp.

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