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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