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Book review: “St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present”


Another new book about the St. Louis Cardinals has hit the bookstores this spring. St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present by Doug Feldmann covers the history of the franchise from its 1880’s roots to the current edition. Perfect for coffee table showing off, the book pictures the players, managers, facilities and fans from over 120 years of Cardinals baseball.

To collect the photos, a number of which I had never seen before, Feldmann not only hit the standard sources like the Associated Press and Getty Images, but also dug into the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the United States Library of Congress.

I didn’t count them, but I would estimate the 9 ¼ inch by 11 inch, 144-page hardcover book averages at least two photos per page, with a mixture of black and white and color as appropriate for the vintage.

St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present includes photo sections with accompanying dialogue of players by position as well as intriguing chapters on such subjects as Gaffes and Controversies, The Rivalries, Bad Boys, Hard-Luck Players, Voices of the Cardinals and much more.

Feldmann’s passion and knowledge of Cardinals baseball really comes through. His parents grew up in St. Louis and southern Illinois respectively, so he appreciates the regional breadth and success of the franchise.

He serves as a professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Northern Kentucky University and knows the game from a hands-on perspective as demonstrated by his part-time role as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds.

A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, Feldmann has written eight books about baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals, including Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-Era Baseball, Fleeter Than Birds: The 1985 St. Louis Cardinals and Small Ball’s Last Hurrah, and El Birdos: The 1967 and 1968 St. Louis Cardinals.

As we head toward Father’s Day, consider St. Louis Cardinals Past & Present as a very appropriate gift for the most important Cardinals fan in your family – Dad – or just pick up a copy for yourself.

Selected contents can be viewed at Amazon.com.

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