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The St. Louis Cardinals - 1973

This was the 92nd season in St. Louis for the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals, and their 82nd season in the National League.  In 1973, they had an 81 -81 record finishing second in the National League East at 1 1/2 games behind the New York Mets. Team owner was August (Gussie) Busch, the General Manager was Bing Devine, and the Manager was Red Schoendienst. Future Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson, won a gold glove this year.  Busch Memorial Stadium saw 1,574,046 fans cross its threshold during the regular season.  

The opening day starters were Lou Brock (LF), Ray Busse (SS), Reggie Cleveland (P), Jose Cruz (CF), Luis Menendez (RF), Ken Reitz (3B), Ted Simmons (C), Ted Sizemore (2B), and Joe Torre (1B).  Other notable players include Tim McCarver, Bake McBride, and Al Hrabosky.

Bob Gibson was the highest paid player at $160,000.00, with Joe Torre making $150,000.00, and Lou Brock making $110,000.00.  Most players were paid $15,000.00 with $9,025.00 being the lowest salary. 

The St. Louis Cardinals - 1974

The Cardinals went 86 - 75 during the 1974 baseball season and finished 1 1/2 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, taking second place in the National League East. Lou Brock led the National League with 118 stolen bases.  He broke the modern era (post 1898) Major League Baseball single season mark of 104 stolen bases, which was set by Los Angeles Dodger's shortstop Maury Wills in 1962.  Outfielder Bake McBride won the Rookie of the Year award by batting .309 with six homeruns and 56 runs batted in. Busch Memorial Staduim hosted 1,838,413 fans during the regular season.

The starting lineup on opening day was Lou Brock (LF), Bob Gibson (P), Bake McBride (CF), Ken Reitz (3B), Ted Simmons (C), Ted Sizemore (2B), Reggie Smith (RF), Joe Torre (1B), and Mike Tyson (SS).  Other players of note are Tim McCarver and Al Hrabosky.

Bob Gibson remained the highest paid player at $160,000.00, Joe Torre made $140,000.00, and Lou Brock made $135,000.00.  Bob Forsch and Keith Hernandez each made $15,000.00, which was the lowest salary on the club this year.

The St. Louis Cardinals - 1975

In 1975, the Cardinals record was 82 - 80.  They finished in a tie with the New York Mets for third place in the National League East.  They ended up 10 1/2 games behind the first place Pittsburgh Pirates.  Third baseman Ken Reitz won a gold glove this year, and 1975 was the final major league season for pitcher Bob Gibson.  1,695,270 fans passed through the turnstiles at Busch Memorial Stadium.  

The opening day starting lineup consisted of Ed Brinkman (SS), Lou Brock (LF), Bob Gibson (P), Keith Hernandez (1B), Bake Mc Bride (CF), Ken Reitz (3B), Ted Simmons (C), Ted Sizemore (2B), and Reggie Smith (RF).  Other notable players were Bob Forsch and Al Hrabosky.

Lou Brock became the club's highest paid player at $180,000.00, with Bob Gibson making $175,000.00, Keith Hernandez making $16,125.00 and Bake McBride at $16,000.00  The lowest salary on the club this year was $15,000.00

The St. Louis Cardinals - 1976

The Cardinals finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 72 - 90.  They were 29 games behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies.  During the off-season, on March 2, 1976, Ted Sizemore was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Willie Crawford.  This season was the twelfth and final season for Red Schoendienst as full-time manager.  He also managed in parts of two other seasons - 1980 and 1990.  This was the first year for the Columbia blue road uniforms, which they continued to wear through the 1984 season.  The attendance dropped to 1,207,079 fans visiting Busch Memorial Stadium.

The Cardinal's starting lineup for Opening Day was Lou Brock (LF), Hector Cruz (3B), Keith Hernandez (1B), Bake McBride (CF), Lynn McGlothen (P), Lee Richard (SS), Ted Simmons (C), Reggie Smith (RF), and Mike Tyson (2B).

Ted Simmons was now the highest paid Cardinal at $191,000.00, with Lou Brock making $185,000.00, Al Hrabosky moving up to $100,000.00, Keith Hernandez making $55,500.00, Lynn McGlothen at $55,000.00, Bob Forsch making $44,000.00 and Garry Templeton at $19,000.00.  The lowest salary on the club this season was $19,000.00.   

The St. Louis Cardinals - 1977

The new manager, Vern Rapp, took the club to a season ending record of 83 - 79.  They finished in 3rd place in the National League East, 18 games behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies.  It was a momentous day on August 29, 1977, when Lou Brock broke the modern day stolen base record by stealing bases 892 and 893.  Lou won the Lou Gehrig Award this year, while Garry Templeton was the National League leader in triples with 19.  Attendance improved to 1,659,287 fans watching the Cardinals at Busch Memorial Stadium this season.

The Opening Day starters were Lou Brock (LF), Hector Cruz (RF), Pete Falcone (P),Keith Hernandez (1B), Don Kessinger (2B), Bake McBride (CF), Ken Reitz (3B), Ted Simmons (C), and Garry Templeton (SS).  

Ted Simmons remained the highest paid Cardinal player at $216,000.00, with Lou Brock at $150,000.00, closing pitcher Al Hrabosky making $140,000.00, Bob Forsch making $112,500.00, Ken Reitz making $80,000.00, Keith Hernandez at $60,000.00, Garry Templeton at $30,000.00, Dane Iorg making $25,000.00 and Ken Oberkfell making $19,000.00.  Once again, $19,000.00 was the lowest salary paid by the Cardinals organization this year.    

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The St. Louis Blues  1973 - 1974

The St. Louis Blues Hockey Club was owned by a group headed by Sid Salomon.  This was the 7th season of the Blues existence.  Their General Manager was Charles Catto, the team was coached by Jean-Guy Talbot and then Lou Angotti, and the Captain of the team was defenseman Barclay Plager.  

The Blues had a season record of 26 - 40 - 12 with 64 points, placing them in sixth place.  The Blues missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.  The average attendence this season was 18,009 fans per game.  

Notable players were the Plager brothers, Barclay (D) and Bobby (D), Garry Unger (C), Pierre Plante (RW), Glen Sather (LW), Wayne Merrick (C), Lou Angotti (C/RW), and Bob Gassoff (D).  The goalies were John Davidson, Wayne Stephenson, and Jim Watt.

The St. Louis Blues  1974 - 1975

In the Blues 8th season, their General Manager was Gerry Ehman and the Coach was Lou Angotti.  Barclay Plager was again the team Captain.  The average per game attendence was 18,076 fans.  

The club finished second in the Smythe Division this season with a 35 - 31 - 14 record, giving them 84 points.  Team leader in goals was Garry Unger with 36, leader in assists was Garry Unger with 44, and leader in points was Garry Unger with 80.  The leader of penalty minutes was Bob Gassoff with 222 minutes in the penalty box.  

In addition to the Plager brothers and notable players from the previous season, the team also had Red Berenson (C), and Bruce Affleck (D).  The goalies were John Davidson, Eddie Johnston, and Yves Belanger.

The St. Louis Blues  1975 - 1976

At the end of their 9th season, the Blues finished in third place in the Smythe Division with a record of 29 - 37 - 14, with 72 points.  They qualified for the playoffs for the second consecutive year.  They lost to the Buffalo Sabres in the Preliminary Round, however.

The General Manager was Denis Ball.  The team was coached by Garry Young, Lynn Patrick, and Leo Boivin.  The team captains were Barclary Plager and Red Berenson.  Average attendance for this season was 17,321 fans per game.

Notable players were Chuck Lefley, Garry Unger, Red Berenson, Pierre Plante, Bob Hess, Bruce Affleck, Wayne Merrick, Larry Patey, Bob Gassoff, and the Plager brothers.  The goalies were Yves Belanger, Eddie Johnston, Ed Staniowski, and Giles Gratton.  
The St. Louis Blues  1976 - 1977

With a record of 32 - 39 - 9, and 73 points, the Blues won the Smythe Division.  They had a first round bye in the 1977 NHL Playoffs.  The eventual Stanley Cup Champions, The Montreal Canadiens, swept the Blues in the quarter-finals.  The attendance was a dismal 14,649 fans per game average. 

The General Manager was Emile Francis, who also coached the team.  Garry Unger was the team captain.  Unger was the team leader in goals with 30.  The team leader in assists was Bob MacMillan with 39.  MacMillan also led the team in points with 58.  Penalty minutes leader was Bob Gassoff with 254 minutes served.  Most wins by a goalie was 13 by Eddie Johnston and Yves Belanger held a goals against average of 3.00.  

​Notable players this tenth season of play were Bob MacMillan, Garry Unger, Larry Patey, Red Berenson, Claude Larose, Chuck Lefley, Pierre Plante, Bruce Affleck, Bob Gassoff, Bernie Federko, Brian Sutter, and the Plager brothers--Barc and Bobby.  Goalies were Eddie Johnston, Ed Staniowski, Doug Grant, and Yves Belanger.  

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The St. Louis Football Cardinals  1973 - 1974
The Big Red

This was the 54th season the Cardinals were in the NFL, and their 14th season in St. Louis.  They moved to St. Louis from Chicago in 1960.  The team was owned by Bill Bidwill and the head coach was Don Coryell.  They finished fourth in the NFC East with a record of 4 - 9 - 1.  They failed to reach the playoffs for the 25th straight season.

Notable players were Jim Hart, Terry Metcalf, Jim Otis, Jackie Smith, Ahmad Rashad, Mel Gray, Jim Bakken, Gary Keithley, Roger Wehrli, Dan Dierdorf, and Conrad Dobler.

The St. Louis Football Cardinals  1974 - 1975
The Big Red

With a record of 10 - 4, the team qualified for the post season for the first time since 1948.  It was their first winning season since 1970.  This season, the Cardinals and the Washington Redskins both finished 10 - 4.  The Cardinals won the NFC East title due to their two victories over the Redskins in regular season play.  The Cardinals lost the NFC Divisional Playoff game to the Vikings, 30 - 14, in Minnesota.

Jim Hart was the NFC leader in touchdown passes with a total of 20.  
The St. Louis Football Cardinals  1975 - 1976
The Big Red
The Cardiac Cards!

The Big Red appeared in the playoffs for the second consecutive year with a record of 11-3. They finished in first place in the NFC East, but lost the NFC Divisional Championship to the Los Angeles Rams.   

The team was nicknamed the "Cardiac Cards" because eight of their games were decided in the final minute of play.  The Cardinals were 7 - 1 in these games.   They were very exciting to watch!

Terry Metcalf was the NFL leader with 2,462 combined net yards.  It was a milestone for Metcalf, as it was his second consecutive 2,000 combined net yards season.
The St. Louis Football Cardinals  1976 - 1977
The Big Red

This was an uneventful season with the Cardinals finishing with a record of 10 - 4, placing them second in the NFC East.  They did not qualify for the playoffs.