Registration Now Open for Cardinals’ 2016 Calendar Fall Fundraiser

2015 CARDINALS CALENDAR COVER

It’s never too early to begin planning your fall fundraiser.

Now’s the time to sign up for the Cardinals’ 2016 Official Calendar Fundraising Partnership, one of the most successful fundraisers for schools, sports teams and youth groups throughout Cardinals Nation. The off-the-charts success of last fall’s program, with a record number of participating groups selling a record number of calendars, reinforced the proven popularity of this fundraising partnership.

No-risk terms enable organizations to keep $7 of the calendar’s $15 retail price, and tremendous prizes including game tickets, field visits and autographs are awarded for reaching achievable sales levels.

CLICK HERE to read more about our fundraiser, then reserve your spot TODAY by calling 314.345.9303 or e-mailing gkiley@cardinals.com.

106-year-old Cardinals fan honored, reflects on baseball memories

Take yourself back in time, sitting in Sportsman’s Park in your Sunday best, penciling in your scorecard and sipping on a red and white striped straw in a glass coke bottle you bought for just a few cents at the concession stand.

That’s what Arnold Vouga did for fans at Busch Stadium Friday evening, embodying the Cardinals’ 2015 slogan ‘Where Tradition Meets Today,’ when he was honored by Edward Jones for his life-long dedication to being a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Vouga is 106-years-old and will turn 107 next month.

He remembers the 1926 World Series between the Cardinals and Yankees, involving Babe Ruth’s famous home run. Ruth, an iconic baseball figure — etched in time, is one of Arnold’s favorite players to reminisce.

“Babe Ruth started as a pitcher, if I remember correctly, before becoming a star home run hitter,” said Vouga.

He remembers running into Stan Musial at the cigar counter at Ladue Pharmacy and doing business with Marty Marion, as the first building commissioner in Frontenac.

“I remember doing a little business with [Marion] when I was building commissioner in Frontenac. He bought some real estate or had something to do with buying some land there,” Vouga recalled. “He was a pretty good shortstop.”

Vouga — son of immigrant parents, who settled in St. Louis after coming over from Europe and going through Ellis Island — was a part of the foundation of the Gateway City.

”They had the first paper route in St. Louis and they saved their money,” Vouga’s son, Jerry, explained, with his sister, Nila Vouga-Morris, adding that her dad had the first car on Conway Road. “Their true love was farming and they came out and bought a lot of property in a place called Frontenac now.” — A sound investment if you are familiar with the St. Louis community.

Arnold’s investment in Cardinals baseball also paid off during his ceremony Friday evening, when he threw out the first pitch and stepped foot on a Major League Baseball field for the first time in his 106 years, with the help of his family.

Also the Hardee’s Star of the Game, Arnold cuts straight to the point and likes to joke about Babe Ruth being chubby and telling Stan-the-Man that cigars are bad for you.

After recounting his memories of Cardinal baseball and his connection to its past, his daughter Nila pointed out that his hearing aids were Whitey Herzog’s sponsored hearing aids.

“Those are his?” Vouga asked. “I put $4,000 in those ears, they ought to be good.”

He sure knows how to make a room laugh — also tug at the heart-strings on the flip of a hat.

“I kind of hope that they’ll play baseball in heaven.”

We do too Arnold, we do too.

~Teryn Schaefer

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

Busch Stadium hosts 2015 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

A staple of ballpark menus everywhere, the fan-favorite hot dog had the spotlight on Saturday.

The St. Louis Cardinals hosted a 2015 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating contest qualifier prior to the second game of the series against Detroit, where one male and one female who ate the most hot dogs in 10 minutes advanced to the 2015 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating World Championships in Coney Island, Ny., on July 4.

“I love traveling around and meeting happy people and eating good food,” said Joey Chestnut — the No. 1 ranked competitive eater in the world. Although Chestnut did not compete in the qualifier event, as he already earned his spot in the championships, he was there for moral support and to help pump up the event.

The Cardinals opened two spots up in the qualifier for fan contestants. Ryan Jinkerson of Florissant, Mo., and Alex Castillo of Charleston, Il., won their spots in the competition through the Cardinals’ Twitter contest. Neither had ever competed in an official eating contest before and were a little nervous before the event.

“I’m a little nervous and very hungry,” Jinkerson said. “I haven’t eaten since lunch yesterday in preparation.”

From jumping and wiggling, to dunking and strawberry flavored water, each contestant had their own tactics in the competition. The male winner, Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez who downed 25 hot dogs in 10 minutes, said it was a little strange as a Cubs fan from Chicago to be competing at Busch.

“It was a little weird, not going to lie,” Rodriguez explained. “But I like Busch Stadium, I’ve been here a handful of times for Cards/Cubs. The people are friendly, the stadium is great, the atmosphere is phenomenal.”

In addition to eating large meals and training for the July 4, championships, Rodriguez says he now has to make sacrifices to compete in the world’s biggest eating competition.

“Oh it’s going to be amplified now. I’m not going to have any weeks off,” Rodriguez said. “I probably won’t drink a drop of alcohol until Coney Island.”

Chestnut on the other hand was able to size up his competition for the championships at this qualifier here in St. Louis and hopes to put forth a record setting performance during the ESPN-nationally televised event.

“I’m just going for enough to win and hopefully I find my rhythm,” said Chestnut. “If I get good hot dogs, good weather, we’re looking at more than 70 hot dogs. Two years ago I did 69, last year I did 61, but if I get good hot dogs we could see a new world record.”

St. Louis’ female winner, Marlene Wigginton of Troy, Il., defended her Busch Stadium title, advancing to Coney Island as a result of her 10-hot dog performance on Saturday. Kyle “The Hammer” Hanner of St. Louis, Mo., took second place behind Rodriguez with an impressive 16 hot dogs in 10 minutes, respectively. Only Rodriguez and Wigginton will represent the St. Louis qualifier at the championships.

Nathan’s Famous also helped set a Guinness Book of World Records, record for most selfies taken at one time with 4,296 at Saturday’s Cardinals game against the Tigers.

~Teryn Schaefer

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

Holliday and players host Homers for Health Home Run Derby

Imagine you’re a kid, smacking a home run in front of your favorite Cardinal player — Matt Holliday, or getting baseball tips from Matt Adams, taking your photo with Matt Carpenter and even joking around with Fredbird and Trevor Rosenthal.

Those players teamed up with Cardinal Glennon before Friday’s game against Detroit to do just that for area kids at the annual Homers for Health Home Run Derby.

“It’s fun to just come out and talk to the kids and interact a little bit,” said Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday, who spear-heads the Homers For Health program. “Maybe show them a little tip or something. It’s something we enjoy.”

Students from 45 area schools competed for a chance to attend the derby championships in Forest Park, in efforts to help raise money for the program that benefits children at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

“It’s a great foundation and [the Holliday’s] do a great job with it, great people,” Redbird first baseman Matt Adams said about his teammate. “Just to be a part of it is pretty awesome.”

The program has raised more than $1.7 million in the past three years to help sick and injured children. Adams, Carpenter and Holliday head up the Homers For Health efforts, where fans can pledge $.25 per home run hit by a Cardinals player this season. Meanwhile Trevor Rosenthal and Adam Wainwright represent the K’s for Kids side, enabling fans to pledge $.5 per strikeout by a Cardinals pitcher in 2015.

The players all agreed that events like this give them an opportunity to spread knowledge of the game and to have an impact on kids in the community and in sports.

“It’s my first year doing it, just hanging out with them, giving them some tips on hitting and just hanging out with them,” said Adams. “It’s going to be a pretty cool experience.”

A pretty cool experience for the kids too.

To learn more about Homers For Health or to make a pledge or donation, visit glennon.org.

 

~Teryn Schaefer

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

Cardinals Fan Featured on ESPN

If you’ve ever been to a Cardinals game or watched one on TV, chances are you’ve probably seen Cardinals fan Marty Prather…you know, “Sign Guy.”

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Night Game. St. Louis Cardinals vs Milwaukee Brewers.

Game 1 of the 2014 NLCS vs. San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium.

Since 1985, Marty has been bringing stacks of hand-painted signs to Busch Stadium. But what may be more impressive than his clever wit and creative art, might be his dedication – Marty lives three hours away in Springfield, MO. But that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a local legend.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball recently featured Marty and his love of the Cardinals. Check it out!

 

~Lindsey

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

This Week in Cardinals Nation: May 10, 2015

Each week, the Cardinals Nation Show brings viewers to the lighter side of baseball. Here are a few highlights from the May 10th episode.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Team Fredbird

For more information about Team Fredbird, click here.

Busch Memorial Stadium model on Display at the Cardinals Museum

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

Cardinals Players Talk About Their Moms in Honor of Mother’s Day  

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.

Chinese superstars Richie Ren and Xiaobo Wu visit Busch Stadium

Famous singer, actor and superstar Richie Ren of Taiwan visited Busch Stadium Tuesday on a special trip planned by Anheuser-Busch.

“He is a huge resource for us over there,” said Anheuser-Busch Brewmaster George Reisch, who explained the company has been brewing Budweiser in China since the mid-90’s. “This week is going to do awesome things for our sales in China, but also the opinions that the Chinese will have about America, St. Louis, Budweiser, Clydesdales, Cardinals, everything.”

Ren is highly regarded in China and his American counterparts have equated him to rockstar Bon Jovi and country superstar Carrie Underwood. He was accompanied by famous author Xiaobo Wu and a swarm of Asian media to St. Louis, where they have explored the city, gone to see the Clydesdales, gotten a taste test and a tour of the brewery, while making a stop at the ballpark on Tuesday.

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“Bloggers, TV, radio and you even saw major entertainer, singer, actor [Ren] — he was here too, and he is a tremendous influencer in China,” Reisch explained. “So this has just been such a home run and even with the language barrier, the joy you have seen in their faces has just been amazing.”

Anheuser-Busch brought the group over to St. Louis on a media tour, with hopes to generate buzz in China about the company and help bridge the gap between America, its products and baseball.

“Actually I grew up in Taiwan, people crazy about baseball,” Ren said. “So when I was a little kid, I joined a baseball team but I hurt my arm, so I had to quit at it at the time. It was a shame.”

“But I wish everybody loved baseball, because baseball can get, pull people all together and celebrate together. It’s very good for everyone. In China, baseball just start, just beginning. We need more support, let more people enjoy baseball.”

Wu and several others in the group had never been to a baseball stadium before and many were wide-eyed and impressed.

China’s professional league, the China Baseball League, just formed in 2002 and took a two year hiatus beginning in 2012, after experiencing financial problems. In 2008 the MLB and CBL held a MLB China Series — the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers played two spring training games in Beijing in efforts to help popularize the game in China.

Meanwhile the Chinese Professional Baseball League of Taiwan has been around since 1989 and the Nippon Professional League — Japan’s pro baseball league — was formed in the mid-1900’s.

~Teryn Schaefer

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

Cardinals Social Media Rewind – 5/15/15

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

Carlos Martinez Blog: “Tsunami” reveals the origin of his nickname in his new blog.

Team Fredbird Social Accounts: In honor of their 20th anniversary, Team Fredbird is now on Twitter and Instagram. Share your own pictures from over the years using #TFB20.

Mother’s Day: We celebrated Mother’s Day with some photos of our players and their moms.

Following Fan: Cardinals fan, Aiden, is trying to make it to every MLB ballpark- and we spotted him twice this week!

As always, join the conversation by following us on social.

~Lindsey

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

This Week in Cardinals Nation: May 3, 2015

Each week, the Cardinals Nation Show brings viewers to the lighter side of baseball. Here are a few highlights from the May 3rd episode.

Meet Mike Right- the Artist Behind the Popular 2015 Scorecard 

For more information about the Cardinals Scorecard, or to purchase one, click here.

Rare 1947 Calendar on Display at the Cardinals Museum

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

Cardinals Players Tell Us What They Love Most About Their Moms

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.

Ballpark Village 2015 season giveaways

From teddy bears and high socks, to hats and tank tops, Busch Stadium is not the only place fans can receive giveaway items when they come watch the Cardinals play ball.

“This year we took notes from our friends at Busch Stadium and we are inviting Cardinal fans to come and join us on 22 away games, where we’re giving away ‘giveways’ just like the Cardinals do at Busch Stadium,” explained Ballpark Village’s Director of Marketing, Brett Singleton.

So far Ballpark Village has given away golf kits, an umbrella hat much like the famous Brockabrella, tumblers and a pink baseball hat for Mother’s Day, but fans can still get their hands on 17 additional items — like Thursday’s straw hat, as the Cards face the Indians in Cleveland at 11:10 a.m.

“Here at Ballpark Village, where we are the official away game watch party location,” Singleton said. “We show the Cardinals away games on our 1,200 square-foot, LED, HD TV screen — that’s featured with a 40-foot TV in the middle and four brand new 14-foot TVs on the side.”

In addition to Thursday’s game, fans can catch all the Redbird road games next week in New York and Kansas City with giveaways on May 21 (blue tank top) and 24 (mini bat) at BPV.

Not only can fans watch sports action on the giant big screen and Busch II infield, but Ballpark Village offers a variety of activities such as: free Yoga and Crossfit classes on the Busch II infield, Family Fun Days throughout the summer and the Monday Movie Night Series, also on the Busch II infield screen.

“We are really excited to announce our Friday Night Live! concert series with the Point. We’re going to be bringing in three national acts in June, July and August,” said Singleton. “They’ll be playing on our brand new main stage outside on Busch II. Also inside, we’ll continue our District Rhythms concert series with great concerts promoted by 95.5.”

To learn more visit, stlballparkvillage.com.

~Teryn Schaefer

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

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