Stan Musial and Lou Brock
The Cardinals began the 1964 season looking like they hadn’t looked in 22 years. Their superstar, their legend, their “Man” was no longer taking the field at Busch Stadium. Stan Musial retired at the close of the 1963 season.
Despite the loss of Mr. Musial, hopes were high in St. Louis. The Cardinals finished Musial’s last stand with a 93 – 69 record, their best since 1949. But the '64 season didn't start out as planned and the Cards hovered around the .500 mark through the first three months of the season. General Manager Bing Devine knew that he had some big cleats to fill in left field and started looking for a replacement. He was confident in his pitching staff and felt that was the one place where he could afford lose someone. The Cubs needed pitchers and they had a speedy, left handed, left fielder who could hit and run, skills that were lacking in the St. Louis clubhouse. A deal was born. Right before the trading deadline in mid-June the Cubs and Cardinals made a six player deal with the principals being left fielder Lou Brock and pitcher Ernie Broglio.
Cardinals fans were devastated, Cubs fans were elated. Broglio was a popular and competent pitcher, winning 18 games in 1963. Brock was relatively unknown and had not done much on the north side of Chicago. Lou arrived in St. Louis, kept quiet and went to work. Ernie probably should have done the same. His comment when the trade was announced was, “I’m glad to join a winning team.” (The Cubs were not winning and finished the season in 8th place.)
The Cardinals newly appointed left fielder appeared in 103 games in ’64 and finished with a .348 batting average and 33 stolen bases. Broglio was 4 – 7 for the Cubs.
With a little help from the Phillies and their legendary collapse, the Cardinals finished the season at the top of the National League and went on to beat the Yankees in the World Series for their seventh championship title.
And Lou Brock was off and running in St. Louis.
For more on the 1964 World Series check out October 1964 by David Halberstam.
Here’s our recreation of the beautiful home jersey that Lou wore in his first of sixteen seasons in St. Louis
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Hall of Famer Bob Gibson was born on November 9, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska. If you know a little bit about baseball you probably know a little bit about Bob.
Here's some stuff that you might already know about Bob:
- A two time Cy Young winner, Gibson recieved the award in 1968 and 1970.
- In 1968 Gibson was also named National League MVP.
- He was the World Series MVP twice - 1964 & 1967
- Bob was a 20 game winner five times in his MLB career.
- He recieved nine Gold Glove Awards
- Spent his entire 17 year career with teh St. Louis Cardinals
- He attended Creighton University on a basketball and baseball scholarship
Now here's something that you might not know about Bob. While he was playing basketball at Creighton he participated in a college All Star Game against the Harlem Globetrotters. As you probably know the Globetrotters win almost every one of their games. Well they obviously had never come up against Bob Gibson before. Bob didn't get a minute of playing time until the 4th quarter. When he finally did step onto the court he put on an amazing display. Gibson finished the game with 15 points and the All Stars beat the Globetrotters by one. A very impressed member of the Globetrotters organization approached Gibson about joining the team. Bob wasn't ready to give up on his baseball dream yet, but he did agree to play for the Globetrotters for one year. After one season as one of the stars of the Globetrotters, Gibson was certain that it was time to commit full time to baseball and to the Cardinals he went. The rest, as they say, is history.
New Willie McGee jerseys are in!
The 1982 Cardinals were World Series Champions, defeating the Brewers 4 games to 3 (the Brewers were still in the AL in '82.) McGee, a four time All Star and 1985 League MVP, started his career with the Cardinals on May 10, 1982.
On September 7, 1982, former Cardinals third baseman and manager Ken Boyer passed away. In memoriam the Cardinals wore a black armband for the remainder of the 1982 season, which is why you see the armband on the jersey below.
In an effort to please everyone, we made the road jersey with the armband and the home without. Enjoy!
Just as we expected the St. Louis baseball fans were out in full force last week during All Star. We had the opportunity to meet lots of great people and to spend some time talking Mitchell & Ness and baseball. Thanks for your hospitality St. Louis. Let's hope it's not another 43 years before you host the mid-summer classic again.
Below are pics of some of the people that stoppped by our Fan Fest booth looking resplendent in their favorite Mitchell & Ness apparel. If you don't see yourself check back for more images soon.