Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Missouri History Museum features Browns Jersey in New Ad

          St. Louis is celebrating its 250th anniversary.  The Missouri History Museum opened an exhibit this month, displaying 250 artifacts that are especially representative of St. Louis' 250-year history. (Specifically, the exhibit "tells the history of the city through 50 people, 50 places, 50 moments, 50 images, and 50 objects").   As we reported to you earlier, a game-worn jersey of Browns' outfielder Jim Delsing was selected as one of the "People's Choice Artifacts", testifying to the continued popularity of the St. Louis Browns even two generations later.

          Reading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week, I see that the History Museum is doubling down on the popularity of the Browns.  The jersey in question is one of five items displayed in a quarter-page advertisement for the exhibit.  60 years later, the Browns still carry a lot of clout!

May they rest in peace


After 15 Years at Roger Dean Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals Could Move

St. Louis Cardinals spring training is an annual rite for hundreds of Redbirds rooters.

But despite a warm relationship between Midwestern snow birds eager for their first taste of baseball after a long winter, and South Florida innkeepers and restaurant operators of Jupiter and Palm Beach who are excited to have some offseason business, camp Cardinal is in danger.

The Redbirds may opt to move out of their spring home since 1998 as soon as next year if the exodus of ball clubs from the area isn't halted.

Once home to the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Florida (now Miami) Marlins, Montreal Expos-turned-Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Yankees, and Cardinals, the southeast coast of Florida has dwindled down to only four remaining clubs: St. Louis, Miami, the Mets, and the Nats. That's apparently the smallest number of clubs the Cardinals and Marlins are willing to tolerate because traveling to the Tampa Bay or Orlando areas to find spring training games is too much of a hassle.

A journey from Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter to the Yankees' spring training home in Tampa is a 186-mile trip on secondary roads that takes a little bit more than three hours to cover in each direction.

A drive from Jupiter to Fort Myers where the Twins and Red Sox train is about 140 miles. That takes about 2 hours, 45 minutes to navigate. It's typical to see several of the Cardinals' veteran players beg off the cross-state trips, which usually start before sunrise an end sometime after 8 p.m., to the disappointment of fans.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the Cardinals and Marlins each have an option on their lease at Roger Dean Stadium that allows them to opt out of their contract to play there if one more neighboring team pulls out.

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