As regular readers know, I have been a vocal critic of the St. Louis Cardinals for closing their museum back in 2008 and keeping it closed indefinitely. Since it will be some time (Phase One of the oft-delayed Ballpark Village development project) until the physical facility re-opens, the club has invested in a virtual museum experience.
The new website, www.cardinals.com/museum, has been launched today, January 30, with the goal of highlighting some of the team’s extensive collection of baseball memorabilia. The full collection includes 15,000 items and 80,000 photographs, which makes it the largest team-held collection in baseball and second in the game, only behind the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
The new online exposition includes hundreds of historical photographs, virtual exhibits and educational videos that highlight great individuals and events in Cardinals history.