The Cardinals obviously have a long and rich history that deserves to be well represented within its own Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, which will be part of Ballpark Village currently under construction across from Busch Stadium.
In April, those of us in the United Cardinal Bloggers had the opportunity to hear about the plans for the Cardinals Hall of Fame (and Ballpark Village overall) from team president Bill DeWitt. And for our June project, the UCB is creating our own ideas of what we’d like to see in the Hall of Fame and Museum.
I’ve been fortunate to visit Cooperstown, N.Y., and the National Baseball Hall of Fame (and I definitely want to go back — too much to absorb in one visit) as well as the previous Cardinals Hall of Fame that was across from Busch Stadium II. Having had the chance to see what was in both of those gave me some ideas, and Tara had some as well.
Here, in no kind of order at all, are a few things we’d like to see in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame.
Audio calls of past great Cardinals moments: Often just hearing a call brings the moment back to life — “Go crazy, folks, go crazy!” So an area where you could select and listen to calls of great moments in Cardinals history from the radio broadcasts would be terrific. Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Harry Caray, even Dizzy Dean if recordings are available — the Cardinals radio broadcasting history is long and historic too, so hearing those voices would be great.
Videos: Obviously there is much that could be represented here — both from regular season and postseason games as well as other unique moments. Clips or an overview from every World Series — even something like this from the 1926 World Series — are a must, of course, and need to include the 11 winners as well as those other ones too. Video highlights of each Cardinals Hall of Famer would be good, and educational too. Even great All-Star game moments from Cardinals, like this one of Stan Musial’s walk-off winner for the National League in 1955. And final outs of no-hitters.