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Cardinals Yearbook Digs into Uniform Numbers

As regular readers know, St. Louis Cardinals uniform numbers – whether worn by past or current players – continues to be a subject of great interest to me.

As a result, I was delighted when I learned it was to be the subject of the 2015 Cardinals Yearbook. Its formal title is “Cardinal Numbers: The History of Cardinals Uniform Numbers, from 0-99”.

The 224-page glossy magazine is full of features and color photos of 2015 Cardinals as well as the 1,300 players who preceded them. It begins with a look back at the history of when and how uniform numbers first appeared until they went mainstream in 1932. Next is a 10-point primer on how the team assigns numbers today.

The primary focus of the Yearbook is a two-page write up on every number from 1 through 50. This includes the all-time roster of those who wore the digit(s) during the regular season (spring trainings are excluded) as well as highlighting the accomplishments of several of the very best to have sported it. Ample use of photos set off these sections even more.

For the appropriate numbers of 51 through 99 (as well as 0 and 00), the all-time rosters are listed with scattered highlights included. Interestingly, only 75 numbers have actually been used in regular season games. For example, I remembered Omar Olivares wore 00 for obvious reasons, but I had forgotten that Bobby Bonds preceded him (in 1980).

There are alphabetic and numeric indices for every player, manager and coach in team history, making the Yearbook a valuable reference document.

The Cardinals Yearbook concludes with two full-page photos (an action photo and studio shot) and stats for the team’s entire 2015 roster.

To order your copy, which costs just $15 in hardcopy format and $10 for the digital version, click here. Also included are instructions for gifting, what I believe is an excellent idea with the holidays rapidly approaching.

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24 Responses to “Cardinals Yearbook Digs into Uniform Numbers”

  1. Bw52 says:

    Terrible game tonite,Cards pitchers pitched bartting practice and the offense gets some runs and bullpen gives it right back.Holliday is having another crappy postseason.Put him on the pine.Someone else like Griuchuk or Pham or Moss just might hit the ball so and drive in a run or two.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    We made it look closer than it really was. We cant get into a slugging match. Wacha is worn down and was not up to the task at hand.

    Lets get after those rascals tomorrow!

  3. blingboy says:

    4 years of winning but not when it matters. Make it stop Mo. Get a smarter computer. Clean house.

    • Brian Walton says:

      “Clean house” is about as silly of a comment as your “Cubs wanted it more” assessment.

      I do agree that the Cardinals are going to have to step up to the increased challenge presented by the Cubs. I am still not all that impressed with Chicago’s pitching but they have the means to go get more.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        step-up is another euphemism. It may imply we were not trying to step up before.

        Mo and Dewitt have many things to think about. They gambled big on 2015, but we’re surpassed.

        • Brian Walton says:

          I don’t see how they “gambled big” on 2015 at all. Instead, I saw them staying the course. The only real move made was acquiring Heyward, which would never have been done had Taveras not died.

          (Some other teams “gambled big” by trading away many prospects and taking on big contracts. The Cardinals did not do that.)

          My “step up” comment does not mean to imply anything about the past. Perhaps “adjustment” would be a better word. What it means specifically going forward is that the Cardinals have a new and strong competitor. They will have to consider shifting the balance between the in-house driven process they have primarily followed with the possibility of more trades and/or being more active on the free agent market. Perhaps included is more risk and more expense.

          • Bw52 says:

            Brian i don`t think you are one who does much speculating about what the Cards will do.You have said before “what happens happens.Do you have any feel for the team really getting active in FA or the trade market?IMHO Cards lack real power and have little team speed.Mo says signing Heyward is main priority.While JH brings excellent defense and some spped his bat lacks real thunder (Although consistent 30 plus doubles and 15 HRs with 20 steals and a good OBP and BA certainly helps).This team still has too many leadfoot players (adams,Peralta,Molina and Holliday). So my question to you is is it feasible and possible for the Cards to check out trade possibilities for several older guys? There are no real impact power bats in the system close to the majors and several of the top hitters are speedy gap type guys so no real help coming from that direction.What say so and what is your real gut feeling on how active the Cards will be this offseason?

            • Brian Walton says:

              Really, really good questions. I don’t have a feel for it yet. Typically after their season is done, the Cards brass hold a several day meeting during which they chart the course for the off-season. This time should be even more interesting than most because it is clear the Cubs are no longer a year or two away.

              • blingboy says:

                Do you think that the Cubs and Pirates took the STL brass by surprise this year? I do.

                • Brian Walton says:

                  The Pirates have been good for a few years now. Before the season, many (maybe even most) prognosticators picked them to finish in second and win a wild card and that is what they did. It it not like they sneaked up on anyone, so why do you think the Cardinals felt any different?

                  The Cubs arrived a year sooner than some/most thought. I don’t think too many had them pegged as a wild card before the season. Personally, I didn’t think their pitching would be good enough and I am still unsure how they did it, but they did. As I have said before, they have the financial means to address that in the future if they so choose.

                  To answer your question directly, I have no idea for sure. The STL brass would have to have been on another planet to not understand the threat presented by the Pirates. Whether they, like me, underestimated the 2015 Cubs, I don’t know. And despite your assertions, you don’t either.

                  No one can dispute that the Cardinals had enough horses to win 100 games. They also failed in the post-season. I am sure that result surprised them, at least I hope it did.

  4. blingboy says:

    Deep, dark depression, excessive misery
    Gloom, despair, and agony on me

    • JumboShrimp says:

      It was not a close series. The much deeper October team won handily.

      Mike did it his way. He overworked Siegrist this season, in a cartoonish, clown like way. Siegrist then got clobbered in the matchups versus that Mike hoped to create.
      Wainwright got brought in to face Soler and gave up a first pitch homer.
      Yadier’s finger hurtm so they got him out of there, mercifully.
      Moss got an RBI pinch hit. Liked that.
      Piscotty was great, but he’s only one guy and the Cards got swamped.

  5. blingboy says:

    The ‘Cubs wanted it more’ comment was not limited to uniformed personnel. Looking at where the two orgs started from at the end of last year, obviously it was the Cubs org that did more to win this year. They wanted it, they did it. Bill and Mo got smoked.

    I think the 40 man will see a lot of turnover this winter. I also expect the middle of the batting order to be different next year.

    Interestingly, my assessment of the post-season debacle is (in order of impact):

    1 our pitching failed. Starting pitching and relief.
    2. our defense made too many mistakes.
    3. too many bad at bats

    • Brian Walton says:

      What did the Cubs do more from the end of last year until now, other than hire a new manager? The big difference as I see it is that their farm system was better with more position players ready to contribute – and they did – but that wasn’t anything different than what the Cardinals do.

      I take exception with anyone thinking they know what other people wanted and how much they wanted it. You can say the Cubs had a better plan, executed better, won the games that mattered or whatever, but to think you know the Cubs “wanted it more” because they won a best-of-five October series is ridiculous.

      For all we know, the Pirates wanted it more.

      Moving on to your other two points, it will be interesting to see the level of makeover the Cardinals attempt and how they go about it.

      Finally, those three post-season points are valid, but what about injuries? That was a contributor to all three.

      • blingboy says:

        “What did the Cubs do more from the end of last year until now, other than hire a new manager? ”

        Besides that manager thing, they signed Lester, for one. Also Hammel. Traded for Fowler. This on top of the newbies from the minors.

        • Brian Walton says:

          You are right that they did add Lester, who did not even manage a winning record this season, including a 1-3 mark against St. Louis. Lester’s ERA would have been fifth-best in the Cardinals rotation, and then, just 0.04 ahead of Wacha, who is paid $19.5 MM per year less.

          In the same time frames, the Cardinals acquired Heyward and Walden, signed Reynolds and later acquired Moss. If you believe in WAR as a way to compare pitchers and hitters, Heyward alone was worth almost as much this season as the three Cubs acquisitions you mentioned combined.

          Of course, one could understand why the Cubs probably felt like they had to try to do more last off-season than before. They were coming off a last-place finish in 2014 during which they were 16 games under .500, while the Cards won their division again and reached the NLCS again.

          The minors guys promoted have nothing to do with the Cubs supposedly “wanting it more” from last off-season to this. They just had more guys in the pipeline ready. It isn’t like they went out and got them recently. The Cardinals promoted their guys, too. There just weren’t as many able to make a big impact.

          P.S. I am not belittling the Cubs in any way. They played better and deserved to win. I am disagreeing 100 percent with your assertion they wanted to win more.

          • blingboy says:

            We can disagree on that. The track record is what it is, though. WS loss in 2013. LCS loss last year. LDS loss this year. What next year? The trendline is down, so i suggest that something is wrong and needs to change. It will not reverse spontaneously. I hope to see some sign of a change in direction this winter.

            • Brian Walton says:

              I am amazed how people can completely write off a six-month season of 162 games of “up trendline” for the results of four or five games in October. Yet, you are the same guy who readily cries “small sample size” when the facts don’t align with your point of view.

              IMO, the best thing the Cards could have done was rest their key players more, and hopefully avoid as much injury. Winning the division and winning 100 games proved to be too costly in October. Perhaps they can improve their depth and do a better job of keeping players fresh for the post-season.

              Sadly, as we are seeing this season, finishing in third place can be good enough if you get hot at the right time.

              When you figure out the magic formula to reverse a “down trendline” in the post-season, please don’t share it with the Dodgers. They are heading in the same direction, with a payroll double that of the Cardinals. Then there is the “down trendline” of the Tigers and the Giants and the Red Sox and …..

  6. Bw52 says:

    Brian-when will your Rule 5 and minor league free agency articles be posted this offseason?

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    Last off seasons big gamble was surrendering young starting pitchers Shelby Miller and tyrell Jenkins for one year of Jason Hayward, a comp pick if leaves, and two years of a fine reliever. If a team thinks it may be overtaken by achallenger, it can reasonably overpay for short term benefit during 2015. The bet paid off in that we prevailed in the division, before running out of gas.
    Holliday, Molina, and wainwright have been able stars, but are post peak. Lackey may depart. Carlos Martinez and wacha finished season on down notes. It will be interesting to se what mo comes up with to support ticket sales in 2016.

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