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 Armour 1. Dave Bakenhaster Joe Schuster 2. Ken Boyer Burton A. Boxerman 3. Lou Brock Dave Williams 4. Ernie Broglio Russell Lake 5. Jerry Buchek Mark Simon 6. Lew Burdette Alex Kupfer 7. Timeline, April 14April 30 John Harry Stahl 8. Doug Clemens John Harry Stahl 9. Roger Craig Richard L. Shook 10. Mike Cuellar Adam J. Ulrey 11. Dave Dowling Rory Costello 12. Harry Fanok Rory Costello 13. Curt Flood Terry W. Sloope 14. Phil Gagliano Bill Nowlin 15. Timeline, May 1May 31 John Harry Stahl 16. Bob Gibson Terry W. Sloope 17. Dick Groat Joseph Wancho 18. Glen Hobbie Jim Leefers 19. Bob Humphreys John Harry Stahl 20. Charlie James Russell Lake 21. Julian Javier Paul Geisler Jr. 22. Johnny Lewis John Harry Stahl 23. Timeline, June 1June 30 John Harry Stahl 24. Jeoff Long Rory Costello 25. Dal Maxvill Loretta Donovan 26. Tim McCarver Dave Williams 27. Joe Morgan Rory Costello 28. Gordon Richardson John Harry Stahl 29. Ray Sadecki Justin Murphy 30. Barney Schultz John Harry Stahl 31. Timeline, July 1July 31 John Harry Stahl 32. Mike Shannon Kevin D. McCann 33. Bobby Shantz Mel Marmer 34. Curt Simmons Edward W. Veit 35. Bob Skinner Joseph Wancho 36. Ed Spiezio John Harry Stahl 37. Jack Spring Jim Price 38. Ron Taylor Maxwell Kates 39. Timeline, August 1August 31 John Harry Stahl 40. Bob Uecker Eric Aron 41. Carl Warwick Thomas Ayers 42. Ray Washburn Tim Herlich 43. Bill White Warren Corbett 44. Johnny Keane John Harry Stahl 45. Vern Benson Rory Costello 46. Howie Pollet Warren Corbett 47. Timeline, September 1September 30 John Harry Stahl 48. Red Schoendienst Kristen Lokemoen 49. Joe Schultz Rory Costello 50. Bing Devine Mark Armour 51. Bob Howsam Mark Armour 52. Branch Rickey Andy McCue 53. Stan Musial Jan Finkel 54. Jack Buck Kristen Lokemoen 55. Timeline, October 1October 4 John Harry Stahl 56. Harry Caray Matt Bohn 57. August A. Busch Jr. John Harry Stahl 58. A Three-Way Tie for the Pennant? Russell Lake 59. The 1964 World Series John Harry Stahl Epilogue John Harry Stahl Notes and References Contributors
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 *