After the 1955 baseball reason, for some reason, someone, somewhere, thought it would be a good idea to change the Cardinals uniform. The only possible explanation that we’ve heard is that script logos with underlines were all the rage and the Cardinals wanted to get in on it. So in 1956, the Cardinals took the field without the birds on a bat for the first time since 1922.
The new uniforms didn’t sit too well with the fans who couldn’t understand why the Cardinals would make such a drastic change to a uniform that was beloved. The Cards finished the 1956 season below .500 with a record of 76 – 78 so the new unis didn’t seem to be a good luck charm. There was really no reason to keep them so in 1957 and bird on a bat returned and to this day it graces the front of the Cardinals jerseys.