St. Louis Cardinals Rumors

One of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals are also the second most successful team in baseball history, second only to the Yankees in total World Series championships with 11. The franchise has been around since 1882, operating for many years as the Browns before being renamed the Cardinals in 1900. The team won its first World Series in 1926 and most recent in 2011.

From the 1920s to the 1950s, the Cardinals saw some of the all-time greats of the league come through their organization, including Rogers Hornsby, Dizzy Dean, and Stan Musial. The team won two World Series in the 1930s and three in the 1940s. They had a World Series drought through the 1950s but, once young flamethrower Bob Gibson came to town, they were back in the Fall Classic in the 1960s, winning it in 1964 and 1967.

After struggling through the 1970s, the Cardinals got back on top of the baseball world in the 1980s, though they were playing a different brand of baseball than most, winning behind speed, defense, and a shutdown bullpen. The 1980s teams led by Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, and Bruce Sutter won the World Series in 1982 but lost it in 1985 and 1987.

The Cardinals remained competitive through the late 1990s and early 2000s, but it was the emergence of young star Albert Pujols that catapulted them back into upper echelon of MLB. With Pujols powering the offense, the Cardinals would win their division five times and made the postseason a total of 8 times from 2000 to 2011. The Cardinals won two World Series in that time, winning their 10th title in 2006 and 11th title in 2011.

The Cardinals will look to keep the success going now as they turn the page to the next chapter of their franchise, with both Pujols and longtime manager Tony LaRussa departing after the 2011 season.

Stephen Drew Signs With Boston

by kelly on December 17, 2012

Wiggington Goes to St. Louis

by kelly on December 14, 2012

Brian Fuentes announces retirement

by Matthew on November 14, 2012

Cardinals release McClellan, sign Johnson

by Matthew on November 13, 2012

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by kelly on July 31, 2012

Cliff Lee on the Move?

by Ben Cook on July 30, 2012

Cards to Explore Trades for Pitching

by kelly on July 3, 2012