St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum
|St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame
|Location||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Type||Professional sports hall of fame|
|Website||St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame|
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum is a team hall of fame located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, representing the history, players and personnel of the professional baseball franchise St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). It is housed within Ballpark Village, a mixed-use development and adjunct of Busch Stadium, the home stadium of the Cardinals. Twenty-six members have been enshrined within the Cardinals Hall of Fame.
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum was originally located in downtown St. Louis in the same building as the International Bowling Museum and the World Bowling Writers (WBW) International Bowling Hall of Fame, near the site of the old Busch Stadium and the new Busch Stadium. The International Bowling Museum closed its St. Louis site in November 2008 and moved to Arlington, Texas.
The Cardinals Hall of Fame likewise closed when the Bowling Museum moved and suspended public operations. However, the museum staff designed a new hall of fame and museum. The Cardinals moved the museum to the St. Louis Ballpark Village, which is located across Clark Street from Busch Stadium and opened in 2014. The new facility was constructed within the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum and Cardinal Nation Restaurant in Ballpark Village.
Voting criteria and process
In January, 2014, Cardinals chairman and chief executive officer William DeWitt, Jr., announced a plan for a formal, annual, Cardinals Hall of Fame induction process. Included components of the voting and induction process are a "Red Ribbon" committee of baseball experts, a six week fan voting process in the spring, and an enshrinement ceremony in the summer. All former Cardinals already enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York will be enshrined into this recasting of the Cardinals Hall of Fame on August 16, 2014.
To be eligible for the Cardinals Hall of Fame, a player must have played three seasons for the Cardinals and have been retired from Major League Baseball for at least three years. Players are divided into two categories, "modern players" and "veteran players." Players who have been retired 40 or more years are classified as veteran players. Each year, the Red Ribbon committee selects one veteran player to be inducted and nominates another six to ten players for whom the fans vote. Vote is accomplished on the Cardinals official MLB.com website. The two players with the highest online vote total will also be inducted. Additionally, the team may opt to elect personnel who fulfilled other roles besides playing, such as a coach, broadcaster or front office personnel. Twenty-six members were inducted for the first class of 2014.
Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees
The Cardinals Hall of Fame contains over 15,000 total artifacts and 80,000 photographs, second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the largest collection of baseball antiquities. The website features exhibits on each of the 11 World Series champions, a "Questions from Fans" section displaying personal accounts from fans and "Cardinalographies," biographies of Cardinals stars. Also, "Inside the Collection" reveals the backstories behind artifacts representing significant moments in team history.
- A baseball autographed by the 1926 World Series-winning team, including an autograph from Babe Ruth, playing for the opponent the New York Yankees.
- A 1931 World Series championship ring in its original green case that was awarded to Sparky Adams
- A program from the first and only all-St. Louis World Series, played in 1944 against the Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles)
- The original Commissioner's Trophy awarded to the 1967 championship team, when the Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox
- List of St. Louis Cardinals in the Baseball Hall of Fame
- St. Louis Cardinals award winners and league leaders
- List of St. Louis Cardinals team records
- History of the St. Louis Cardinals: 1875–1919 • 1920–52 • 1953–89 • 1990–present
- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
- "International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame". Retrieved October 30, 2010. "The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame was located at 11 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, until November 8, 2008. It moved to Texas and opened in early 2010."
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- "Championships slide". www.stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame webpage