I try to not deviate from the topic of baseball for my website but I had to do it. Since being an Alumni of Kirkwood High School and being involved with the Kirkwood Pioneers Football team for four years I could not pass up sharing this information with you all that are alums of Kirkwood High School..
Today is Stan Musial’s 94th Birthday. What a way to celebrate this day with his brand new exhibition. Here is more in regards to the story.
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will host a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to open the temporary exhibit, “Stan Musial ‘The Man’ Off the Field”, tomorrow at the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village.
WHO: The Musial Family
Mr. Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals
Vicki Bryant, Cardinals Vice President of Event Services & Merchandising
WHAT: “Stan Musial – ‘The Man’ Off The Field” Exhibit Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
WHERE: St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum, Cardinals Nation, 2nd Floor Inside Ballpark Village next to The Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones
WHEN: 10:30 AM Tomorrow, Friday, November 21, 2014 (Stan Musial’s birthday)
COVERAGE: Media interested in covering the ceremony may enter Cardinals Nation via the west entrance next to the Cardinals Authentics Store and take the elevator to the 2nd floor.
CONNECT: #CardsMuseum #StanTheMan
The St. Louis Cardinals announced this evening that they have acquired infielder Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio. Kelly has been added to the Cardinals 40-man Major League roster which currently stands at 37 players.
Kelly, 26, batted .263 with 15 home runs and a team-high 80 RBI (12th in Pacific Coast League) in 134 games played with Tacoma (AAA) this past season. He also drew 85 walks (2nd in PCL) and posted a .381 on-base pct. (10th in PCL). The switch-hitting infielder hit 14 of his 15 home runs from the left side and he batted .378 with 7 HR’s when batting with runners in scoring position.
Kelly was a 13th round draft selection by the Baltimore Orioles in 2009 out of the University of California – Davis. The 6-0, 185-pound California native owns a lifetime batting mark of .282 with a .387 on-base pct., 39 HR’s, 336 RBI and 41 stolen bases in 703 career minor league games.
Kelly appeared in 64 games at second base and 36 at third base this season and earned MiLB.com organizational All-Star recognition for the third-straight season.
Gaviglio, 24, was a 5th round draft selection by the Cardinals in 2011 out of Oregon State University. He pitched at Springfield (AA) of the Texas League in 2014, going 5-12 with a 4.28 ERA in 25 appearances (24 starts).
St. Louis Cardinals Media Release
A bizarre story about film maker Bill Morrison finding old Chicago Black Sox footage of the 1917 World Series. Its a great read. Written by Richard Sandomir of The New York Times.
The filmmaker Bill Morrison is making a habit of locating nearly century-old baseball footage.
Last January, he found newsreels from the 1919 World Series, which is known mainly for the banishment of eight Chicago White Sox players for conspiring to fix it.
Five months after that discovery — and the publicity that came after it was publicly screened — Morrison was back at the Library and Archives Canada in Gatineau, Quebec, where he learned that its archive held newsreels from the 1917 World Series, won by the White Sox in six games over the New York Giants.
“It seemed almost karmic that I should find the winners after publicizing the cheaters,” Morrison said Tuesday during a telephone interview.
Morrison, a White Sox fan, hoped his team would meet the Giants in this year’s World Series. With a 73-89 record, it finished far out of the running. But the Giants, who long ago moved from the Polo Grounds to San Francisco, made it as a wild card and were leading the Kansas City Royals by three games to two entering Tuesday night’s Game 6.
The original archive that both World Series newsreels came from is a unique source, even by the standards of long-lost sports film found in canisters hidden in boxes in attics, wine cellars and garages.
They came from Dawson City, a small town in Canada’s Yukon Territory, south of the Arctic Circle. “Films would come up there and it was too expensive to send them back,” Morrison said. “Everyone understood they were nitrate and were dangerous; some got thrown in the river, some got burned, and some ended up in the local library.”
The hundreds of features, newsreels and short subjects that survived were buried in a local pool in 1929 as part of the landfill for a hockey rink. The Yukon News reported in 2013 that in subsequent years, bits of film would rise up through the ice. Finally, in 1978, the trove of films from the time before talkies was unearthed when the land was needed to build a recreation center.
Thanks to the permafrost in Dawson City, the films were preserved in conditions far better than, say, a dank basement.
The films were subsequently moved to the Gatineau archive and restored — and Morrison seems to have been lucky or diligent enough to notice that the World Series newsreels were part of the archive.
“Anyone could have found it,” said Morrison. “Why it sat there for so long, I don’t know.”
Morrison is working on a documentary about the Yukon film story that he expects to release next year. He is previewing some of what he has discovered in the Dawson City archives as part of a program Saturday called “Visions of New York,” which is being presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse Guild on East 59th Street.
The world was at war during the 1917 World Series, and one of the title cards from the Universal Animated Weekly newsreel suggested that the White Sox and the Giants were struggling for something more meaningful than a baseball championship. “In death grapple for world supremacy,” it said, “Giants and White Sox make baseball history in desperate battles of World Series.”
The footage is in two segments. The first includes snippets from Games 1 and 2 at Comiskey Park, which was draped in postseason bunting. Players milled outside their dugouts. Giants Manager John McGraw and White Sox Manager Pants Rowland met with the umpires. Some of the action — shot from faraway angles long before Fox’s cameras could show lint on a pitcher’s nose — showed moments like the Giants’ Walter Holke being picked off first base and the White Sox’ Happy Felsch rounding the bases after a home run.
The second segment is a series of “close-ups” of Giants filmed at the Polo Grounds. McGraw looked grimly at the camera and doffed his cap. Pitcher Ferdie Schupp was described on-screen as “the best twirler in the game;” right fielder Dave Robertson was said to “cover as much territory as a three-ring circus;” and the multisport star Jim Thorpe was introduced as the “Indian all-’round world champ.”
Thorpe was in the starting lineup in right field for Game 5, but McGraw removed him in the first inning for a pinch-hitter.
Tom Shieber, senior curator of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, who watched one of the newsreels, said by email: “It’s really cool. And thank goodness Dawson City was even cooler.”
Although the unearthed newsreels do not uncover anything unknown to baseball historians, they show the White Sox before the Black Sox scandal erupted after the 1919 Series.
All eight of the players barred by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis played in the 1917 Series, and three are clearly seen in one of the newsreels. Besides showing Felsch’s home run (called “fatal” in the film), the newsreel introduced pitcher Eddie Cicotte as “Chicago’s pitching idol” and noted that Shoeless Joe Jackson’s defensive skills were such that “no catch seems hard or impossible to him.”
Earlier today word was out via Jim Bowden of ESPN that the Cardinals are also interested in Jon Lester. With the trade of Shelby Miller a spot is now open on the pitching roster. Jon Lester could very well fill that spot. With nine years in the major leagues Lester’s overall record is 116-67 with a 3.58 ERA. At this point I am not sure how much Lester is asking but I do know the Cardinals have the money to take on more payroll. With Wainwright and Wacha having surgery bringing in Lester could help. With Lester and Lackey in mix as two of the starting pitchers could very well help the Cardinals down the stretch. With the Cubs, Redsox and the Braves in the race to sign Lester, I would say the Cardinals have a better chance since they have been in the playoffs and a World Series winner in the past four years.
From Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish comes word that the Cardinals have cut ties with outfielder Shane Robinson, a fifth-round pick from the 2006 draft who has appeared in a total of 268 major league games.
Robinson set records at Florida State University and has produced promising numbers at the upper levels of the minor leagues, but the 30-year-old batted just .150/.227/.200 across 66 plate appearances this past season for St. Louis and he is a weak .231/.303/.308 career hitter in parts of five big league campaigns.
Monday’s acquisition of Jason Heyward made Robinson all the more expendable.
He’s a pretty good defender and should be able to find a new organization quickly.
Drew Silva NBC Sports
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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny could be wearing a different uniform number next season following the team’s trade for Jason Heyward on Monday.
Appearing as the keynote speaker at the Arrow Leadership and Success Summit at Southeast Missouri State University, sponsored by Saint Francis Medical Center, Matheny said he knew before the trade was completed Monday morning that Heyward also has been wearing uniform number 22, the same number Matheny has worn the last three years as the Cardinals manager.
“Mo (John Mozeliak) got ahold of me and said things were moving forward but there was just one glitch,” Matheny told a crowd of more than 1,000 people. “He really likes your number. The cool part of that story is the reason Jason has that number.”
Since he made the Braves as a rookie, Heyward has worn number 22 in honor of his best friend and teammate at Henry County High School in Georgia, Andrew “Willie” Wilmot, who wore that number when he and Heyward led the school to the 2005 Georgia state championship.
Wilmot, a year older than Heyward, was killed in an automobile accident the next year.
Matheny, who agreed to give up number 22 when he was a player for the Cardinals after they acquired Will Clark from the Orioles in 2000, said there are new rules in place because of the merchandising issues involved which make it harder to just “swap” jerseys.
“We’re trying to get that worked out,” Matheny said. “All I care about is what is on the front of the jersey, the number they put on the back I could care less.”
Matheny’s willingness to give his number to Heyward was an example of what he spent much of his 40-minute talk, and following question and answer session, addressing: the ingredients of leadership, the importance of relationships, and his belief that his team truly is a family.
He spoke briefly both about Monday’s trade that sent pitchers Shelby Miller and prospect Tyrell Jenkins to the Braves for Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden, and also about the death three weeks ago of Oscar Taveras in a car accident, the reason the Cardinals needed to acquire an outfielder.
“We build this family and all of a sudden we have a piece of the family go,” Matheny said. “That’s hard, in a lot of different respects. We hate to see Shelby go and Tyrell is a very promising young arm and I think he’s going to have a very good career and I think Shelby is going to continue to do a great job. But right now everybody knows we had a hole in right field we had to figure out.
“Jason Heyward can be a real good option and Walden also can be a huge pickup for us.”
Matheny knows the loss of Taveras will continue to be felt by the Cardinals for a long time, however, no matter how well Heyward plays, because of how his death has impacted others on the team.
“I have stayed in touch with guys I know were closest to Oscar and go out of my way to make sure I am in contact with them,” Matheny said. “I believe that is my job.”
Matheny also said he believes it is his job to lead the Cardinals through their grief, and continue to try to emphasize the family aspect of the team, and that they will get through this time together.
“You start thinking about young lives that have ended much too soon and what could we have done differently?” Matheny said. “What message could we have given that might have made a difference? It’s hard for everybody. You have to take it to heart when you have a group that buys into family. That’s what we are selling.
“It’s hard to sell when you see trades in the middle of the season or when you see a loss like we just had. What happened to this family thing? But the idea is right, the collective idea of what we are trying to do together.”
Matheny went to Taveras’ funeral in the Dominican Republic and also was back in the country two weeks later, accompanying a group of 13-year-old baseball players on a mission trip. He could not help but think about Taveras again when he was there.
“Every time I go back there I really think we ought to send all of our American players there,” Matheny said. “What I got to see is where some of these kids come from. If that had been me I would have had no chance.
“I see how hard it is for those kids to fight to get off that island to begin with, then when you see sometimes them make bad decisions I have a little better understanding that these kids weren’t brought up the same way I was. Hopefully we can grow them as men as well as baseball players. They are coming from a tough place.”
This afternoon the Cardinals made a four player trade with the Braves that involve Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward and Jordan Weldon. I wasn’t too shocked by this trade due to hearing some chatter that the Cardinals were interested in Heyward and planned to talk with the Braves about him last week. Things went well and both teams were able to make the trade that would help both teams.
Heyward, 25, is a two-time (2012 & 2014) National League Rawlings Gold Glove selection who has posted a .262 career batting mark with 84 home runs and 292 RBI to go along with 63 stolen bases since debuting with the Braves as an All-Star in 2010 (.277 BA, 18 HR, 72 RBI) and finishing 2nd that year to the Giants Buster Posey in the N.L. Rookie of the Year balloting. The left-handed hitting Heyward batted .271 this past season with 11 HR’s and 58 RBI while stealing 20 bases and he finished as a finalist to Yadier Molina in the Rawlings Platinum Glove voting for the best defensive player in the National League.
The 6-5, 245-pound Heyward was the Braves 1st round draft selection (14th player overall) in 2007. He led N.L. right fielders in putouts and assists in both 2012 and 2014 and hit a career-high 27 home runs in 2012. The Georgia native has shown his lineup versatility by having started over 100 games each in the lead-off, number two and number three batting order positions during his career.
Walden, who celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday, is a hard-throwing right-hander who in 2011 led the Los Angeles Angels in saves with 32 and was named an American League All-Star that same season when he finished 5th in the junior circuit in saves and complied a 2.98 ERA. The 6-5, 250-pound Texas native struck out 62 batters in 50.0 innings pitched this past season and he had a 2.88 ERA to go along with three saves.
Walden, who has appeared in 50 or more games in three of the past four seasons, led the Braves with 20 Holds in 2014. His career mark is 12-13 with a 3.10 ERA and 38 saves in 231 games pitched, striking out 254 batters in 211.2 IP.
With Shelby Miller gone who will the Cardinals put in his place?, Marco Gonzales or Carlos Martinez? Or would they go after a starting pitcher? The Cardinals do have payroll muscle if they were to take on a Free Agent starting pitcher like a Jon Lester or Jake Peavy.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Front Office is once again teaming up with Cardinals Care, the American Red Cross and KMOV to provide holiday gifts to area youth in need, including children of military families at Scott Air Force Base.
In the third year of the partnership, the team is asking fans to support a gift drive (#Gifts4Kids) on the morning of Wednesday, December 3rd at the Clark Street entrance to Ballpark Village. Fredbird and volunteers will collect new, unwrapped toys and gift cards which will be distributed to local children in need throughout the holiday season.
“Over the past two years, we’ve collected nearly 2,000 toys and gift cards for children of local military families,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “Thanks to the generosity of our Cardinals community, we’re able to expand the gift drive this holiday season to reach even more deserving children throughout the St. Louis area.”
Starting at 6 a.m. on December 3rd, volunteers from each organization will collect new, unwrapped toys for kids under 12 and gift cards for kids over 13. Fans can drop off donations from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Ballpark Village entrance on Clark Street in front of Busch Stadium Gate 5. All fans who donate items will receive a Cardinals stocking and stocking stuffer, a coupon for a free pizza from Papa John’s, as well as complimentary hot chocolate from Delaware North Sportservice (while supplies last).
A portion of the toys and gift cards will be distributed to select Cardinals Care partner agencies for delivery throughout the holiday season, while the remaining gifts will be given out by Fredbird during Breakfast with Santa at Scott Air Force Base hosted by the American Red Cross on December 6th. Fans can learn more at cardinals.com/community.
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $20 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. 2014 marks the 11th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.