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Very special Musial tribute jerseys coming to Springfield

Minor league teams have dozens of promotions each season, but a few are noteworthy enough to me to mention here. One such opportunity is coming up for fans of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.

The team will wearing Stan Musial Tribute Jerseys on Sunday, June 16 for their evening home game against the Tulsa Drillers at Hammons Field.

The cream-colored jerseys are represented as exact replicas of St. Louis Cardinals uniforms from 1941. That summer, “The Man” played in Springfield before making his St. Louis debut in September.

On June 16, every Springfield Cardinal will not only don the tribute jerseys, but the entire team will also wear #6. As such, it will be the first time in 50 years that any Cardinal other than Musial himself has worn the retired number.

The tribute jerseys will also feature the Musial #6 patch that all Cardinals major and minor league players have been wearing on their left sleeves all season. The Springfield jerseys will also carry a Musial tribute jersey patch on the bottom right.

Best of all, fans will receive a chance to take one home, as the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the June 16 game (and delivered afterward). Proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri.

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17 Responses to “Very special Musial tribute jerseys coming to Springfield”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Carpenter has been fantastic. Like Schumaker, he has had to learn a new position at the ML level, an unusual demand. He has not made many errors. His hitting and on base percentage has been superb.
    Beltran has continued to be terrific, 14 HRs. While others have slacked off in the HR department, Carlos keeps on ticking.
    Yadier Molina, amazing a slow guy can lead the league in batting average.
    Siegrist blew away Votto and Bruce last night . That was sweet and its going to look just as good the next time it happens.
    We have been lucky that Tyler Lyons has pitched so well, much better than I feared. While he got tagged with a loss last night, he is a big improvement on many of the pitchers we were dragging out during the long summer of 2003.
    Jake Westbrook had a nice start today. It will be good to get him back.

  2. blingboy says:

    Wiggy takes a fat one right down broadway. Then swings at one chin high. waves at the next one. jeesh. Pretty sad effort.

  3. blingboy says:

    As a Cards fan, there is a lot to talk about, so I’ll start with Jason Vargas. I believe crdswmn is an admirer.

    A lot of stuff is being said about the Angels, but no mentions that Vargas leads their staff in wins. That seems sort of profound, some how. Arte is paying him $8.5M and he is leading the team in wins. Nice one Arte.

    But wait. They got Vargas, and his 5 wins, and his $8.5M salary, by trading Kendrys Morales and his $5.5M salary to the Mariners. They didn’t need Morales and his .292 average because they have Schmalbert and his .242 average, and $16M salary, which will grow to $23M next year.

    So even a move that is working, sort of, for the Angels isn’t really.

    But they do need Vargas, because the Angels are not only bad at hiring sluggers for huge dollars. Arte signed Joe Blanton for 2 years, $15M, and he is 1-10. That’s even worse than Al and Josh. Joe has given up more hits than anyone in basebll this year and is on track to join Mike Maroth as the only 20 game losers since 1980.

    So Vargas and his 1.4 WHIP looks really pretty good in Anaheim.

    So, what else? Although the Angels farm system ranks near the bottom, they do have a good looking slugger named Cron.

    He’s a 1B/DH.

    As Homer would say, D’oh.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Interesting. A very minor point, but a 1.4 WHIP is a fair amount above the MLB average (1.30).

      • blingboy says:

        Blanton’s is 1.6.

        • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

          Pujols will never collect those huge dollars amounts………….. the A’rod affair is going to set a precedent for invalidating contracts……… Peds will be his excuse……AP will be for age falsifications…….
          If this proved not to be the case………. the odds that D an T will be sobering up and heading to LA go up substantially …………. Eating Mike Scioscia’s contract is small potatoes in comparison.

          • blingboy says:

            The odds of D heading for LA is zero.

            T might, to hobknob and collect some money.

            One of my brothers has been following Pujols pretty closely in SoCal. He says Albert has tried to heat up a couple times but just doesn’t have enough left to sutain any sort of streak of high level play.

          • CariocaCardinal says:

            No one is getting their contract invalidated for PEDS or for age misrepresentation. Too much precedent for that to happen. Save it for your book.

    • crdswmn says:

      Pitching wins mean nothing to me without other good numbers to go along with them. Vargas ain’t got them.

      His FIP is bad, his K rate and walk rate are below average and he still gives up too many HRs, though he isn’t the worst at that yet like he was last season. But give him time.

  4. kray66 says:

    This is also a cool promotion since Stan was actually a Springfield Cardinal early in his career. I don’t remember the year or for how long, but I’ve always thought it was a cool connection.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Yes, it was 1941, hence the choice of that year’s uniform. I think you missed that part above.

      Stan played at Springfield, then a Class C club, from the start of the 1941 season until late July, when he was promoted to Rochester. The International League was then Double-A, the closest to the bigs. Musial made his St. Louis debut in mid-September.

  5. friendmouse says:

    I’d sure like to acquire one of those Jerseys. Maybe I know someone in Springfield who would swing by and get me in the auction. Or, will there be a chance to bid on-line? I would think so.
    Keep up the good work, Brian. I haven’t posted in forever, but do keep up.
    And, btw, wmn…I still miss Skip! It sounds like the dogger fans have taken a liking to him, too. No surprise there. Seems to be some guy name Puig who is taking some of The Schu-man’s playing time, though. Probably a flash-in-the-pan! :)

    • Brian Walton says:

      I will ask the Springfield club about on-line and/or phone bidding.

      If the answer is “no”, maybe you could hire crdswmn as your agent/representative!

      Please do post now and then so we know you are out there!

    • crdswmn says:

      If it was any other day but Sunday, I would go down there and try to get one for you FM (assuming you’d pay of course) :)

      But Sunday is my day for visiting my mother in the home. Sorry.

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