The Cardinals Way: How One Team Embraced Tradition and by Howard Megdal

By Howard Megdal

The St. Louis Cardinals have skilled the type of luck that's infrequent in baseball. appeared by means of many because the most desirable association in significant League Baseball, they not just win, yet achieve this with an it sounds as if bottomless pool of expertise, person who is usually homegrown.

Despite years of exceptional achievements, together with going to the area sequence in 2004 and back in 2006, the Cardinals reinvented themselves utilizing the "Cardinal Way," a time period that has come to symbolize many stuff to fanatics, media, and different businesses, from an ironclad code of behavior to the team's state-of-the-art use of statistic and analytics, and a farm procedure that has reworked baseball.

Baseball journalist Howard Megdal takes enthusiasts backstage and rancid the sphere, interviewing dozens of key avid gamers in the Cardinals association, together with proprietor invoice DeWitt and the overall supervisor John Mozeliak. Megdal finds how the gamers are assessed and groomed utilizing an unequalled participant improvement procedure that has created a franchise that's the envy of the baseball world.

In the spirit of Moneyball, The Cardinals manner tells an in-depth, attention-grabbing tale a couple of always sturdy franchise, the company of activities within the twenty-first century and a staff that has realized find out how to point the enjoying box, handing over season after winning season.

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Robinson was named the most valuable player. The Dodgers however, lost the World Series to the New York Yankees. Robinson signed a new contract with the Dodgers. Daughter Sharon was born on January 13, 1950. 41 Robinson Book C 9/17/07 H A P 12:08 PM T E Page 42 R 7 In 1950 the Robinsons bought their own home in the St. Albans section of Long Island. It was primarily a white neighborhood. A motion picture—The Jackie Robinson Story—was made, starring Robinson. He liked the movie, but later on believed it was made too quickly and was not as well done as it could have been.

Six former athletes carried Robinson’s silver and blue coffin. It was covered with red roses. One of the athletes was basketball star Bill Russell from the Boston Celtics. The other five were former Brooklyn Dodgers who played with Robinson, including his close friend from the early days, Pee Wee Reese. The funeral cortege extended for several blocks. Jackie Robinson was taken to Cypress Hills Cemetery and buried near where his son had been laid to rest only a year earlier. 59 Robinson Book 9/17/07 12:08 PM Page 60 After Jackie Robinson’s death, Rachel Robinson established the Jackie Robinson Foundation for college scholarships.

He was the top batter in the league. In the final game of the season, he won the championship for Montreal. Robinson made his way through the crowds of adoring fans after the game. Women kissed him. Children crowded around him. He was hoisted to the shoulders of the fans. 33 Robinson Book 9/17/07 12:08 PM Page 34 On November 18, 1946, Rachel Robinson gave birth to the couple’s first child, Jack Junior, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. On April 10, 1947, Branch Rickey called Robinson to tell him he was now a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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