For two years, 1956 and 1957, the Redbirds wore a jersey that simply had Cardinals in script on the front sans birds except on the left sleeve were there was one that was in a batting stance.
The swoosh on the Wilmer Mizell is a good example as is the Bird on the left sleeve on the Willard Schmidt card.
Hal Smith, and #366 Gene Green. But if you think you have seen the last of the “swoosh” on the Redbirds, think again. In 1959 #211 Bob Blaylock is seen sporting the “swoosh”. Alas, that is all I could find. So this means that the above 1958 and 1959 cards featured players whose pictures one could assume were taken in 1956 or 1957.
What made this research easy was the “world famous” Surf Baseball Card Collectables Topps Team photo book. OK, not world famous but the image of every Redbird Topps card from 1952-1987 was of great use.