By 1964 the storied St. Louis Cardinals had gone seventeen years without so much as a pennant. Things began to turn around in 1953, when August A. Busch Jr. bought the team and famously asked where all the black players were. Under the leadership of men like Bing Devine and Johnny Keane, the Cardinals began signing talented players regardless of color, and slowly their star started to rise again.
"Drama and Pride in the Gateway City "commemorates the team that Bing Devine built, the 1964 team that prevailed in one of the tightest three-way pennant races of all time and then went on to win the World Series, beating the New York Yankees in the full seven games. All the men come alive in these pages--pitchers Ray Sadecki and Bob Gibson, players Lou Brock, Curt Flood, and Bobby Shantz, manager Johnny Keane, his coaches, the Cardinals' broadcasters, and Bill White, who would one day run the entire National League--along with the dramatic events that made the 1964 Cardinals such a memorable club in a memorable year.
Commemorates the team that Bing Devine built, the 1964 team that prevailed in one of the tightest three-way pennant races of all time and then went on to win the World Series, beating the New York Yankees in the full seven games.
Introduction Mark Armour1. Dave Bakenhaster Joe Schuster2. Ken Boyer Burton A. Boxerman3. Lou Brock Dave Williams4. Ernie Broglio Russell Lake5. Jerry Buchek Mark Simon6. Lew Burdette Alex Kupfer7. Timeline, April 14April 30 John Harry Stahl8. Doug Clemens John Harry Stahl9. Roger Craig Richard L. Shook10. Mike Cuellar Adam J. Ulrey11. Dave Dowling Rory Costello12. Harry Fanok Rory Costello13. Curt Flood Terry W. Sloope14. Phil Gagliano Bill Nowlin15. Timeline, May 1May 31 John Harry Stahl16. Bob Gibson Terry W. Sloope17. Dick Groat Joseph Wancho18. Glen Hobbie Jim Leefers19. Bob Humphreys John Harry Stahl20. Charlie James Russell Lake21. Julian Javier Paul Geisler Jr.22. Johnny Lewis John Harry Stahl23. Timeline, June 1June 30 John Harry Stahl24. Jeoff Long Rory Costello25. Dal Maxvill Loretta Donovan26. Tim McCarver Dave Williams27. Joe Morgan Rory Costello28. Gordon Richardson John Harry Stahl29. Ray Sadecki Justin Murphy30. Barney Schultz John Harry Stahl31. Timeline, July 1July 31 John Harry Stahl32. Mike Shannon Kevin D. McCann33. Bobby Shantz Mel Marmer34. Curt Simmons Edward W. Veit35. Bob Skinner Joseph Wancho36. Ed Spiezio John Harry Stahl37. Jack Spring Jim Price38. Ron Taylor Maxwell Kates39. Timeline, August 1August 31 John Harry Stahl40. Bob Uecker Eric Aron41. Carl Warwick Thomas Ayers42. Ray Washburn Tim Herlich43. Bill White Warren Corbett44. Johnny Keane John Harry Stahl45. Vern Benson Rory Costello46. Howie Pollet Warren Corbett47. Timeline, September 1September 30 John Harry Stahl48. Red Schoendienst Kristen Lokemoen49. Joe Schultz Rory Costello50. Bing Devine Mark Armour51. Bob Howsam Mark Armour52. Branch Rickey Andy McCue53. Stan Musial Jan Finkel54. Jack Buck Kristen Lokemoen55. Timeline, October 1October 4 John Harry Stahl56. Harry Caray Matt Bohn57. August A. Busch Jr. John Harry Stahl58. A Three-Way Tie for the Pennant? Russell Lake59. The 1964 World Series John Harry StahlEpilogue John Harry StahlNotes and ReferencesContributors
John Harry Stahl has contributed to four previous Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) books and is a member of SABR's Baseball Biography Project (BioProject), which consists of more than two thousand biographies of Major and Minor League players, coaches, managers, and executives/owners. Bill Nowlin, vice president of SABR since 2004, has written more than thirty-five Red Sox-related books, most recently Fenway Park at 100: Baseball's Hometown.
"Drama and Pride in the Gateway City is an invaluable contribution to baseball history and research because it presents for the first time all of the team's players, coaches, and selected writers, announcers, front-office personnel together and tells their unique story, indeed giving them a voice."-Gregory H. Wolf, Journal of Sport History -- Gregory H. Wolf * Journal of Sport History * "[Drama and Pride in the Gateway City] should find its way to the shelves of anyone seriously interested in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals."-Roger Launius's Blog * Roger Launius's Blog * "However you use this book, the important thing is this: it belongs in a place of honor on your shelf of Cardinal literature. To paraphrase Mr. Buck, "It's a winner!""-C70 at the Bat * C70 at the Bat *