New Cardinals Hall of Famer Joe Torre Looks Back on his Accomplishments

Joe Torre served up a memorable career with the Cardinals, one that is best summarized on his shiny new 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame plaque.

“During his six seasons with the Cardinals, [Joe] Torre wreaked havoc on opposing teams with his bat and was named to the NL All-Star Team on four occasions, three times at different positions (1B, 3B and C). He won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1971 after leading the Majors with a .363 batting average, 230 hits and 137 runs batted in. His .308 batting average as a Cardinal ranked eighth in club history upon his retirement. After his playing career, Torre returned to manage the Cardinals. Inheriting a last-place team, he led the club to three straight winning seasons.”

In other words, he was pretty good.

In this week’s Inside Access with Cardinals Magazine, staff writer Elisabeth Meinecke sat down with the new Hall of Famer to reflect on his career and accomplishments with the Cardinals.

 

~Lindsey

Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Ask A Cardinal: Alex Reyes

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Photo By: Taka Yanagimoto/ St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals 2015 co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Alex Reyes, has been the organization’s top prospect over the last two seasons, so it came as no surprise when Reyes got called up to the Cardinals this August.

Since making his debut on August 9, the 22-year old has been a spark to the team, pitching out of the bullpen and as a starter. So in this week’s Ask a Cardinal, we talked to Reyes about his introduction to the game of baseball and how he’s enjoying his time in the Majors.

 

 

~Lindsey

Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Go Inside the Game on FOX Sports Midwest

foxFor the last 23 years, Cardinals fans have been able to kick back on the couch and catch a Cardinals game on FOX Sports Midwest. But have you ever thought about what it takes to bring the game from the stadium to your living room?

Cardinals Insider went behind the scenes inside the television production truck with the FOX Sports Midwest team to see how all of the magic comes to life.

 

~Lindsey

Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Going Beyond Baseball: A 10-Year Review of Busch Stadium’s Economic and Community Impact

Busch Stadium at dusk on October 15, 2010.

Busch Stadium at dusk on October 15, 2010. ©2010 St. Louis Cardinals, Photo By Dan Donovan

You already know there have been many baseball accomplishments at  Busch Stadium III since it opened more than ten years ago.  But, what about its impact on the community from an economic perspective?

In this in-depth piece, Cardinals Insider sits down with Team President of the St. Louis Cardinals, Bill DeWitt III, as well as regional and community leaders. We find out why the Cardinals’ winning ways go beyond the baseball field.

Jill Falk is Multimedia Video Communications Manager for the St. Louis Cardinals.

McClellan Installs Museum Case for 2016 HOF Inductee and Former Teammate, Chris Carpenter

Every year, as part of the Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction festivities, the Cardinals Museum installs new display cases celebrating the honorees. Using a number of items from the team’s private collection and items on loan from the inductees themselves, museum staff creates a fitting tribute for each of the franchise legends.

This year, Cardinals Insider decided to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process with Assistant Curator Amy Berra; so we sent former Cards pitcher Kyle McClellan over to the museum to install the case of his former teammate, 2016 HOF inductee Chris Carpenter.

 

~Lindsey

Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Retired Army Specialist Throws First Pitch, Then Gets Surprise of His Life

The St. Louis Cardinals invited retired U.S. Army Specialist Heath Howes to throw out the first pitch. Tragedy stuck during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011 killing two of Heath’s fellow soldiers and leaving Heath seriously injured, ending his military career. But thanks to Operation Finally Home, Heath and his family received the surprise of their lives. See how the St. Louis Cardinals and Operation Finally Home show respect to those who’ve served and sacrificed. #CardsInsider

 

 

Chris Carpenter Reflects on his Cardinals Hall of Fame Career

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His baseball resume speaks for itself – a Cy Young Award winner, two-time World Champion, three-time All-Star, and the list goes on. But it might be the intangibles of former pitcher Chris Carpenter that make him the newest inductee to the Cardinals Hall of Fame. You can’t necessarily quantify determination, intensity, grit and leadership, but it’s clear that Carp had it all.

In this week’s Inside Access with Cardinals Magazine, Senior Staff Writer Stan McNeal sat down with the Cardinals ace to reflect on his Hall of Fame Career and new home in Cardinals history.

~Lindsey

Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Behind the Scenes at the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Day

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Imagine your favorite Cardinals players from the last eight decades hanging out, swapping stories, cracking jokes and welcoming the newest members to the Red Jacket Club. It’s the stuff that baseball dreams are made of, and it’s what Cardinals Insider was there to see.

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, the St. Louis Cardinals inducted Sam Breadon, Terry Moore, Joe Torre and Chris Carpenter into the franchise Hall of Fame. And, the only thing more special than the ceremony itself was what went on behind the scenes.

 

~Lindsey

Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Ask A Cardinal: Hall of Famers

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There’s something about seeing those Red Jackets on Opening Day – the Cardinals Hall of Famers parading the field and passing the torch of greatness down the handshake line. For fans, it’s all about tradition; generations of winning Cardinals baseball for all to see. But what makes it so special for the Hall of Famers? At this year’s Induction ceremony, we asked the Red Jacket Club, “ What’s the best thing about being a Cardinals Hall of Famer?” And this is what they had to say.

 

 

~Lindsey

Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

On Hall of Fame day, Joe Torre and Chris Carpenter reflect on what it means to play Cardinals baseball

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From left: Chris Carpenter, Joe Torre, Ronald Moore, Julie Rohrer at Hall of Fame Induction Day Ceremony at Ballpark Village Photo Date: August 27, 2016 Photo Credit: Taka Yanagimoto

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The Ace. The MVP. The Captain. The Owner. Meet the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class: Chris Carpenter, Joe Torre, Terry Moore and Sam Breadon.

The MVP

Joe Torre was an offensive force to be reckoned with during his six years as a St.Louis Cardinal from 1969-1974. Winning the National League most valuable player award in 1971, he made four appearances as an all-star. He returned to the team as a manager in 1990 and lead the team to three winning seasons. Now, as Major League Baseball’s Chief Baseball Officer, Torre says the atmosphere surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals is something that stays with him to this day.

“Once you put on that Cardinal uniform,” Torre said, “the fans of St. Louis, the people of St. Louis, just treat you like royalty, and that’s something that’ll never go away for me, it’s very special, and I want to thank all the fans out there that have made me feel so at home.”

The Ace

And when it comes to the playoffs, no Cardinals pitcher has more postseason wins than Chris Carpenter. A 2005 Cy Young award winner, “Carp” was the ace on three national league pennant winning teams and two World Championship teams in 2006 and 2011.

“It’s an honor to play for an organization, a team, a city, and fans that support and love their baseball so much, it was a great time to be here,” Carpenter said. “It’s really neat to know that from this point forward, I’m really never going to be forgotten, my kids’ kids can come back and see this. It’s pretty neat.”

The Captain

Team captain Terry Moore is said to be one of the fastest players of his era. He left the game for three seasons to serve his country in World War II and played on two World Championship teams in 1942 and 1946.

The Owner

Speaking of World Championships, under owner Sam Breadon, the Cardinals collected six of them, as well as nine national league pennants. Breadon established baseball’s first farm system, the Cardinals Radio Network and the iconic birds on the bat logo.

His granddaughter, Julie Rohrer, gave the acceptance speech on behalf of Breadon’s family. “You could talk about Branch Rickey, you could talk about the farm system, you could talk about the Gas House Gang, it’s all part of our history as a family. Today, all of us together, it’s huge, it’s very special.”

Defining ‘Cardinals Baseball’

When reflecting on what it means to play Cardinals baseball, Terry Moore’s son, Ronald, said it’s all about teamwork.

“I’d say integrity, I’d say competitiveness, I’d say a fierce sense of teamwork, they play best when they play with and for one another. I think those are the attributes that come to my mind when I think about Cardinals baseball.”

Chris Carpenter summarized the essence of the franchise with two words, “I’d say ‘historic’ and ‘greatness.’ They continue to put out great team after great team, and the history behind this organization is amazing.”

The Cardinals Hall of Fame includes 34 members.

Jill Falk is Multimedia Video Communications Manager for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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