St. Louis Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals
2014 St. Louis Cardinals season
Established 1882
St Louis Cardinals Cap Insignia.svg
Cap insignia
Major league affiliations
Retired numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 14, 17, 20, 24, 42, 42, 45, 85
Colors
  • Cardinal Red, Navy, White

                 

Name
  • St. Louis Cardinals (1900–present)
  • St. Louis Perfectos (1899)
  • St. Louis Brown Stockings/Browns (18821898)
Other nicknames
  • The Cards, The Redbirds, The Birds, The Birds on the Bat
Ballpark
  • a.k.a. Busch Memorial Stadium (19661982)
  • a.k.a. Busch Stadium (I) (19531966)
Major league titles
World Series titles (11) 2011 • 2006 • 1982 • 1967
1964 • 1946 • 1944 • 1942
1934 • 1931 • 1926
NL Pennants (18) 2011 • 2006 • 2004 • 1987
1985 • 1982 • 1968 • 1967
1964 • 1946 • 1944 • 1943
1942 • 1934 • 1931 • 1930
1928 • 1926
AA Pennants (4) 1888 • 1887 • 1886 • 1885
Central Division titles (8) 2009 • 2006 • 2005 • 2004
2002 • 2001 • 2000 • 1996
East Division titles (3) [1] 1987 • 1985 • 1982
Wild card berths (3) [5] 201220112001
Front office
Owner(s) William DeWitt, Jr., Fred Hanser (1996-Present), and Klingaman Group
Manager Mike Matheny (2012-Present)
General Manager John Mozeliak (2007-Present)

The St. Louis Cardinals (also called "the Cards" or "the Redbirds") are a Major League Baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are part of the Central Division in the National League. The Cardinals have won a National League record 11 World Series championships, second in Major League Baseball for most championships behind the New York Yankees, who have 27. They last won a World Series in 2011.

The Cardinals were started by the American Association in 1882 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings, who got their name from an earlier National League team. They joined the National League in 1892 and have been known as the Cardinals ever since 1900. The Cardinals began play in the current Busch Stadium in 2006, becoming the first team since 1923 to win the World Series in their first season in a new ballpark. They are the oldest current professional sports franchise west of the Mississippi River. The Cardinals have a strong rivalry with the Chicago Cubs that began in 1885.

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  1. In 1981, the Cardinals finished with the overall best record in the East Division. However, a players' strike in the middle of the season forced the season to be split into two halves. St. Louis finished second in both halves and was thereby deprived of a post-season appearance.
  2. "St. Louis Cardinals and the National Baseball Hall of Fame". National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on June 10, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070610050723/http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/teams/NL/cardinals.htm. "The Cardinals and Astros were declared co-champions of the NL Central in 2001, based on their identical regular season record. Due to the fact that the Astros edged the Cardinals in head-to-head games, 9–7, they were seeded as the division winner in the post-season, and the Cardinals were seeded as the wild-card."
  3. "St. Louis Cardinal History". Stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com. http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/stl/components/history/comp_timeline_2001.jsp. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  4. "Ankiel throws two hitless innings". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 19, 2004. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/62IaDKT9g.
  5. In 2001, the Cardinals and the Houston Astros finished the season with identical records of 93–69 and finished tied for first place in the Central Division standings. The Baseball Hall of Fame wrote they were both awarded a co-championship.[2] According to the Cardinals' website, this was "the first shared championship in major-league history".[3] However, Associated Press in 2004 wrote, "St. Louis tried to claim it was division co-champion, a position the commissioner's office rejected."[4] For playoff seeding, the NL Central slot went to Houston and St. Louis was awarded the wild card berth.

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