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The St. Louis Cardinals are one of baseball’s flagship franchises. Their 10 World Championships are the most of any National League franchise and rank second only to the New York Yankees (26 titles) overall. The roots of the Cardinals can be traced back to 1882, when they began play in the American Association as the St. Louis Brown Stockings before ultimately adopting the “Cardinals” nickname we all know today.
Legend has it that a St. Louis sportswriter heard a woman comment, "What a lovely shade of cardinal" when the team changed its colors from brown to red in the 1899 season (they also became the St. Louis Perfectos for that season only), and “Cardinals” wound up becoming the franchise’s new nickname in 1900. The iconic birds-on-bat logo first appeared in 1922 and remains one of the most instantly recognizable logos in professional sports to this day.
Over the past almost 90 years, the Cardinals have called three ballparks home. The legendary Sportsman Park housed the team from 1920-1966 (it was called Busch Stadium that last 13 years of its existence), and Busch Memorial Stadium, one of the first of the so-called “cookie-cutter” multipurpose ballparks that became popular from the mid-1960s through the early ‘70s, was the team’s home from May 1966 through the 2005 season. A new baseball-only facility, also called Busch Stadium, opened in 2006 and is set to host the 2009 All-Star Game. The Cardinals won their 10th World Championship in their inaugural season in the new ballpark.