Cardinals Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Gussie Busch

Gussie BuschFormer St. Louis Cardinals owner August “Gussie” Anheuser Busch Jr. was born on March 28, 1899. He was the grandson of Adolphus Busch, founder of Anheuser-Busch, and was the brewery’s president when he purchased the Cardinals on Feb. 20, 1953.

His years as owner and president of the Cardinals were marked with much success — the team won the World Series in 1964, 1967 and 1982 plus won National League pennants in 1968, 1985 and 1987. The Cardinals honored him by retiring No. 85 for him in 1984, the year he turned 85.

Here’s more on Gussie, in a video from his induction into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. (There are Clydesdales!)

And, because looking at one video on YouTube always leads to looking at another, here’s a highlight video about Game Seven of the 1967 World Series between the Cards and Red Sox, narrated by Harry Caray (in a surprisingly, for Caray at least, low-key manner).

You’ll see manager Red Schoendienst, general manager Stan Musial, starter Bob Gibson (he hits a home run too), Dal Maxvill, Curt Flood, Mike Shannon, Tim McCarver, Julian Javier, Lou Brock and more — plus many late 1960s fashions and hair.

Christine Coleman is the lead St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.

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