I know I have mentioned that I am not really a fan of modern professional football-this dislike began with the owner’s shenanigans that led to the Cardinals move to Phoenix. It was then at the age of 20 that I realized how F’ed up the NFL is.
More recently the abuse scandals, the extreme showboating, taunting, and excessive violence, and the loss of yet another team-this time the Rams-with even more owner shenanigans was the final straw. The only football I care about is the to U of Ms, University of Missouri and University of Michigan.
Alas, as indicated above owner bribes, triangulation, and other manipulations led to the moving of the Cardinals to Phoenix following the 1987 season. However, this wasn’t the first time for this franchise. Nope, they pulled some of the same crap when the owners moved the team from Chicago, yes Chicago, to STL before the start of the 1960 season.
I am not going to give a long history of the Chicago Cardinals but I am going to give a brief look at how they got to the STL. Way back in the late 1890s a team started called the Morgan Athletic Club. The name was changed to the Racine Normals because of the team’s field located on Racine Ave. In 1901, the owner purchased some surplus uniforms from the University of Chicago. Apparently these were maroon in color-though the owner exclaimed the color to be Cardinal red and not maroon, which resulted in his changing the team’s name to the Racine Cardinals. This team went bye bye and another team started up and took the Cardinals name and claimed its history. In 1920 the team became a founding member of the American Professional Football Association, which in 1922 became the NFL.
Let us skip ahead to the 1950s. The owners of the Cardinals, the Bidwills, became anxious to get out of Chicago as they became second fiddle to the Bears and only won 33 games in 1950s though they did win the NFL Championship in 1947.
The Chicago Cardinals transformation to the St. Louis Cardinals was complete.
TCDB) tells us there were about 636 cards issued during the Cardinals time in STL. I have not counted odd balls such as stamps, or Topps Stickers. The posts to follow will not be this long. Here are some Chicago Cardinal Cards. A 1935 National Chicle Mike Mikulak,