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PostSubject: CARDINALS BALLPARKS   Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:07 am

CARDINALS BALLPARKS


Ballparks: 1892 - Present

1892-1897

Union Park

The Browns, who won't be known as the Cardinals until 1900, make their National League debut on Apr. 12 with a 14-10 loss at home to the Chicago Colts, later to be renamed the Cubs. On Apr. 17, the Browns fall to the Reds, 5-1, in the first National League game played on a Sunday.

1898

League Park


1899-1920

Robison Field



Capacity: 14,500 (1893); 15,200 (1899); 21,000 (1909).
St. Louis opens play in its new park located at Natural Bridge and Vandeventer and open the season with a 10-1 victory over Cleveand.


1920-1952

Sportsman's Park






First night game: May 24, 1940
Capacity: 8,000 (1902); 18,000 (1909); 34,000 (1926); 30,500 (1953).


1953-1965

Busch Stadium (Grand Avenue)

After Anheuser-Busch, Inc. bought, the Cardinals in 1953, Sportsman's Park was renamed Busch Stadium. The Cardinals closed the stadium on May 8, 1966 with a 10-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.


1966-2005

Busch Stadium II




Served as home to the Cardinals from 1966 to 2005. On May 12, 1966, the Cardinals opened new Busch Memorial Stadium in downtown St. Louis by defeating the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 12 innings. Busch Stadium II served as host for the 1966 MLB All-Star Game, as well as six World Series (1967, '68, '82, '85, '87, 2004). The Cardinals closed Busch Stadium in 2005, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on October 2, 2005.
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2006-present

Busch Stadium III







On April 10, 2006, the Cardinals opened their new 46,000 seat retro-style downtown ballpark with a 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. David Eckstein collected the first Cardinals hit in the new Busch Stadium, and Albert Pujols hit the Redbirds first homerun. The Cardinals also became the first team in almost 100 years to win a World Series Championship in the inaugural season of a new ballpark. The new Busch Stadium will also serve as host for the 80th MLB All-Star Game, in July 2009.
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