Cardinals scout honored on Jackie Robinson Day

The number 42 was proudly displayed all across Major League Baseball Wednesday, recognizing Jackie Robinson and all he did for the game of baseball and the color barrier in the United States.

St. Louis Cardinals jerseys with the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day hang in the clubhouse prior to Cardinals vs. Brewers game on April 15, 2015 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO.

St. Louis Cardinals jerseys with the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day hang in the clubhouse prior to Cardinals vs. Brewers game on April 15, 2015 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. Photo Credit: Taka Yanagimoto

On this day, the St. Louis Cardinals honored one of the first African Americans hired into the organization — Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones Jr., a Bird Dog scout hired by Branch Rickey — the man who integrated baseball when he brought Robinson to the Dodgers.

Ernest Jones, son of Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, Jr., in the Branch Rickey Room in Cardinals Nation.

Ernest Jones, son of Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, Jr., in the Branch Rickey Room in Cardinals Nation.

“What better day than Jackie Robinson Day?” Ernest Jones, Dr. Jones’ son asked. “A day which represents what Mr. Rickey and Mr. Robinson put into the game. So for us to participate along with the Cardinal organization, the Cardinal family and to be considered a part of that family, it’s a wonderful and humbling experience for our family.”

The Jones’ were honored in a ceremony on the field prior to Wednesday’s game against the Brewers, receiving a replica of the 1964 World Series ring. Dr. Jones passed away in 1989 and the ring has since been lost to time.

The family of Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, Jr. are honored during a pregame ceremony at Busch Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day.

The family of Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, Jr. are honored during a pregame ceremony at Busch Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day.

“He comes to St. Louis and is a member of the Cardinals and wins a World Series,” Jones describes his father’s first year with the organization. “So if everyone remembers the World Series story in 1964, they were six games back of the Philadelphia Phillies with seven games to play in the season and they ran the board and ended up in the World Series and won the World Series against none other than the Yankees, so what a thrill that must have been.”

The family can now share that thrill and will display the ring in the Grambling State University Eddie Robinson Museum alongside his father’s College Baseball Hall of Fame ring.

Dr. Jones father, the Late Dr. Ralph Waldo Jones Sr., was not only the school’s President for 41 years, but lead the Grambling Tigers to over 800 victories as the Manager of the school’s baseball team.

So just as Dr. Jones was able to share his love of the game with Jones and his two brothers, Jones says he now passes on that love and the memories to his two sons.

“We certainly got many of the stories of the times my dad and [Rickey] spent on the road across the 13-state territory in which my dad was the responsible, supervising scout with the Cardinals at the time,” Jones said.

Dr. Jones’ grandson, Connor Jones, threw out the first pitch during the pregame ceremonies.

“For the Jones family to be here on this day, Jackie Robinson Day, it’s pretty special for the Cardinals,” St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III said. “Because we want to be a team that recognizes and acknowledges that great history that was made with Jackie and his legacy.”

Robinson’s legacy also lives on in the Jackie Robinson Foundation. To learn more or to donate to the cause, visit http://www.jackierobinson.org/.

~Teryn Schaefer

Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

Players and Cardinal Glennon team up for 2nd Annual Homers for Health Game Show Night

Cardinal Nation packed Ballpark Village Tuesday night for a chance to see their favorite players having fun off the diamond at the second annual Cardinal Glennon Homers 4 Health Game Show Night.

“It’s a great time for the Cardinals to be relaxed and in a different environment,” explained Sandy Koller, Executive Director of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. “They are not on the field, they are having fun with their wives and the Cardinals wives really champion this event for us which is really fantastic.”

“It’s fun, it’s obviously for a great cause and we are always looking for fun ways to raise money for great causes,” St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder and Homers for Health front-runner Matt Holliday said. “[Leslie] does most of the work, you know, we get the guys involved and fans get a chance to see the guys in a different setting.”

This season, Holliday joined forces with hitters Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter for the Homers for Health campaign benefiting the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. Meanwhile, Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal are representing the arms for this year’s K’s for Kids campaign.

According to Koller, these campaigns have helped raise more than $1.7 million over the past three years.

“All these women work so hard,” Wainwright said of the players wives — the organizers of the event. “The players get all the credit for the play on the field but the wives are the ones doing all the work behind the scenes. They are a lot of the reason why these things go a lot of the time.”

Fans were treated to game shows on the FOX Sports Midwest Live! main stage, one of which hosted by game show legend Chuck Woolery. People could also help donate by participating in games like the Mystery Photo Booth — where you were greeted by an undisclosed Cardinal player for a photo op., or the Ball Pull — where you randomly selected an autographed baseball by another mystery player.

“Matt and Leslie Holliday are incredible,” said Koller. “Their heart for the mission and Cardinal Glennon is so genuine and pure. They’re at the hospital all the time connecting with our patients. What they do for these kids — inspiring them, encouraging them, giving them hope everyday.”

To learn more or to make a donation, visit Glennon.org. People can pledge as little as 25 cents per home run and as little as 5 cents per strikeout. All of the funds benefit Cardinal Glennon.

~Teryn Schaefer

Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

#AskCardsMuseum – Meet the Team

#AskCardsMuseumThe Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum staff is taking over the Cardinals Twitter account- get to know the team and submit your questions on Twitter using #AskCardsMuseum.

Paula Homan: Manager & Curator
As the Manager & Curator for the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, Paula’s knowledge of the collection is extensive after more than 20 years serving as the team’s curator. She selects items for exhibits and works with graphics design, handles inquiries regarding team history and shares media opportunities to tell franchise history through the collection artifacts with co-manager Brian Finch. Her favorite object in the collection is Dizzy Dean’s game-worn home jersey circa 1937.

Amy Berra: Assistant Curator
As the Assistant Curator for the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, Amy manages over 20,000 items in the collection. She specializes in fabrication of and installation of Museum exhibits and is responsible for artifact maintenance. Amy’s favorite item in the Museum is the Stars Traveling Case from the Negro Leagues.

Brian Finch: Manager, Stadium Tours & Museum Outreach
As the Manager, Stadium Tours & Museum Outreach for the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, Brian oversees the team’s stadium tour program and the visitor service areas of the Cardinals Museum, along with the club’s educational program, the Cardinals Academic Program (CAP).  Brian also handles the museum’s communication and outreach efforts, while taking the lead in researching and writing about the history of the franchise for exhibits and team projects. Brian’s favorite artifact in the museum is David Freese’s torn jersey from his 2011 World Series Game 6 home run.

Sarah Rybicki: Curatorial Assistant
As the Curatorial Assistant for the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, Sarah is responsible for managing new additions to the collection and artifact storage. She assists the curatorial staff with daily operations, exhibition preparation and installation. Her favorite object in the collection is the Cardinals 1942 World Series Press Pass.

Cardinals Social Media Rewind – 4/12/15

Trending topics in this week’s Cardinals Social Media Rewind:

Yadier Molina Selfie: Yadi gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the Cardinals flight with this selfie.

Empire State Building Wears Cardinal Red: The Empire State Building was decked out in MLB colors for Opening Week.

Waffle Sandwich: We’re introducing a new waffle sandwich at Busch Stadium concession stands this season.

As always, join the conversation by following us on social. Have something you want to see on the Rewind? Tweet us using #CardsSocial.

~Lindsey

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

Cardinals provide a burger boost at the ballpark

Burgers and baseball are synonyms and nothing says tradition like Opening Day in St. Louis. So to keep in line with this year’s St. Louis Cardinals theme, “Where tradition meets today,” the ball club is giving the traditional cheese burger a makeover with it’s new Gooey Burger for the 2015 season.

In addition to the new menu items #CardsInsider has already introduced, like the Waffle Sandwich, Extreme Bacon Sandwich and Oreo Churro, the St. Louis Cardinals concessionaire — Delaware North Companies Sportservice — is rolling out an enhanced ballpark burger in the Double Gooey Burger and Quadruple Gooey Burger this season.

Each burger is served on a locally baked Hawaiian bun with slices of American cheese, a special signature sauce, shredded lettuce and sliced tomato. The Double Gooey Burger consists of two fresh grilled patties and weighs in at a half-pound, while the Quadruple Gooey Burger is a one-pound burger consisting of four fresh grilled patties.

Both versions of the Gooey Burger are available at the “Double Play Tap & Grill” in Section 135 at Busch Stadium.

They are also providing a healthier option for 2015 in a Turkey burger — a ground turkey patty served on a locally baked Hawaiian bun with arugula, guacamole and pico de gallo. The Turkey Burger comes with house-fried tortilla chips and can also be found at the “Double Play Tap & Grill” in Section 135.

~Teryn Schaefer

Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

 

This Week in Cardinals Nation: April 5, 2015

Each week, the Cardinals Nation Show brings viewers to the lighter side of baseball. Here are a few highlights from the April 5th episode.

Ballpark Village – One Year Later

For more information about Ballpark Village, click here.

Albert Pujols Rookie Bat on Display at the Cardinals Museum

For more information on the Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum, click here.

Cardinals Players Share What They Love About Opening Day in St. Louis  

To see these videos and more, tune in to KSDK NewsChannel 5 every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CT for the Cardinals Nation Show. Check your local listings.

Busch Stadium’s Walking Tacos take fans back to Little League

A cousin of the Frito Pie you used to treat yourself to in Little League, Busch Stadium and St. Louis Cardinals Sportservice is rolling out the Walking Taco this season.

Served in a bag of Doritos or Fritos, the portability of this treat makes it fun and convenient to walk around the ballpark — a favorite for kids.

Build your tasty treat starting with your choice of chips, nacho beef, pulled pork or chicken carnitas. Top it with with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and salsa.

You can find this version of the Walking Taco in Sections 266, 432, 199. But if seafood tacos are more your style, you can visit the Island Grill location near Section 144 to build-your-own Shrimp Walking Taco.

To add to its convenience, another version of the Walking Taco, the Nacho Beef Walking Taco, will be vended at your seats.

#CardsInsider will introduce several new Busch Stadium menu items in the days leading up to the home opener, including the Waffle Sandwich, Extreme Bacon Sandwich and Oreo Churro so check back often to get an in-depth look at these tasty new ballpark foods!

~Teryn Schaefer
Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

Oreos give new twist on dessert and snack options at Busch Stadium this season

Leading up to Opening Day in St. Louis for 2015, we’ve introduced several savory options for fans to try out on the new Busch Stadium menu this season. But today, we are appealing to your sweet tooth with some of the new snack options now available at the ballpark.

Among the new menu items courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals concessionaire — Delaware North Companies Sportservice, like the Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst and Turkey Burger — several new items, like the 8-oz. Big Kahuna jumbo ice cream sandwich cookie, serve as tasty dessert and snack options for Cardinals fans this season.

Providing a portable and unique twist on the Oreo cookie, Sportservice hits it out of the ballpark this season with the addition of the Oreo Churro. Served warm, the 7-inch double-twist Oreo batter churro with Oreo crème dipping sauce is a must try.

But they didn’t stop there with your favorite cookie, Cardinals Nation can now try Deep-Fried Oreo Cookies — Oreo cookies fried in funnel cake batter and served with a side of whipped cream and chocolate sauce– at the ballpark.

If a big soft pretzel is more your style while attending a game, the 7-oz. Bavarian Pretzel is large enough to share with family or friends. Or you can get your white queso fix with Pretzel Bites, locally made by A Different Twist, and served up with your new favorite dipping sauce.

You can find all of these snack items throughout Busch Stadium at:

  • Big Kahuna: Available at all Ballpark Favorites concession stands and vended throughout the stadium.
  • Oreo Churro: Red Bird Club — Section 251 and Oreo/Funnel Cake Portables at Sections 454 and 145.
  • Deep-Fried Oreo Cookies: Red Bird Club — Section 251 and Crowd the Plate Stand at Section 148.
  • Pretzel Bites: Crowd the Plate — Section 148 & Triple Play in Section 271.
  • 7-oz. Bavarian Pretzel: Gashouse Grills, Sections 141, 101, 271, 264, 266, 432.

#CardsInsider will introduce several new Busch Stadium menu items in the days leading up to the home opener, including the Waffle Sandwich and Extreme Bacon Sandwich, so check back often to get an in-depth look at these tasty new ballpark foods!

~Teryn Schaefer

Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

 

Extreme Bacon Sandwich hits it out of the ballpark this season

Bacon makes most everything better and this season you can get that added punch at the Busch Stadium concessions with Delaware North Companies Sportservice’s new Extreme Bacon Sandwich.

Among the new menu items rolled out by the St. Louis Cardinals concessionaire at the ballpark this season — including Walking Tacos, Fried Oreos and Pretzel Bites served with white queso — the Extreme Bacon Sandwich will make your mouth water with it’s hearty cut of BBQ spiced pulled pork stuffed with cheddar cheese and and crisp chopped bacon, wrapped with apple-wood-smoked bacon and finished with a barbeque glaze.

The Cardinals are also incorporating producers from the community, serving the carved-to-order pork on a locally baked Hawaiian bun, with BBQ aioli, accompanied by maple bacon chips.

You can feast your taste buds on this delicious new sandwich at “Broadway BBQ” outside Section 109 and the “Bacon Station Portable” at Section 446 in Busch Stadium this season.

#CardsInsider will introduce several new Busch Stadium menu items in the days leading up to the home opener, including the Waffle Sandwich, so check back often to get an in-depth look at these tasty new ballpark foods!

~Teryn Schaefer

Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

 

Cardinals and Sportservice introduce new Waffle Sandwich at the ballpark

The new season is upon us and on April 13, fans will enjoy the first baseball game at Busch Stadium for the 2015 season. Just as fans will see a few new faces in the Cardinals lineup, they will also see delicious new food options at the ballpark.

Among the new menu items, like the Double Gooey Burger, Extreme Bacon Sandwich and Oreo Churro, the St. Louis Cardinals concessionaire — Delaware North Companies Sportservice, is very excited to unveil it’s unique Waffle Sandwich.

Whether you love the old favorite chicken and waffles or are intrigued by the idea of breakfast-meets-dinner or the portability of the fun new sandwich, the “Crowd the Plate Stand” at section 148 is the place to be.

The waffle, serving as the sandwich bun, is cooked fresh to order with your choice of three different meat options –fried chicken breast with maple bacon gravy, chicken carnitas with crispy bacon, pico de gallo and ranch dressing, or BBQ’d pulled pork with creamy coleslaw and BBQ sauce.

Each waffle sandwich is served up in a home plate-shaped to-go box with a side of tater tots drizzled in a mouth-watering white queso sauce.

#CardsInsider will introduce several new Busch Stadium menu items in the days leading up to the home opener, so check back often to get an in-depth look at these tasty new ballpark foods!

~Teryn Schaefer

Teryn Schaefer is a reporter and producer for the St. Louis Cardinals and #CardsInsider

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