This month’s project for the United Cardinals Bloggers is to post a list of exhibits you would like to see in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame, coming soon to Ballpark Village. I’ve thought long and hard about this all day (well part of the day anyway) and below is my list, some serious, and some, well kind of fun, yet kind of serious as well. Enjoy.
1. A room dedicated entirely to Stan Musial.–I would imagine this is on pretty much everyone’s list, and why shouldn’t it be. The franchise’s best player should be one of the HOF’s primary exhibits.
2. A couple of rooms filled with exhibits about all of the Cardinals Hall of Famers.—Again, this should be on everyone’s list. Maybe a of couple hallways lined with stuff about Gibby, Lou, Red, Ozzie and the gang. Primo stuff.
3. Exhibits pertaining to the organization’s ownership and management throughout the years—The Cardinals franchise has a rich history. Men like Branch Rickey and Gussie Busch, and others who have made the franchise the success it is.
4. A room (or two) containing trophies, rings and other memorabilia of all 11 of the Cardinals World Championships.—This one is a no brainer.
5. On the lighter side, objects invoking some memorable moments in Cardinals history. One example would be part of the tarp (if it still exists) that broke Vince Coleman‘s leg. That kind of stuff.
6. Video, and lots of it—Video replays of historic moments, Ozzie’s home run in the 1985 NLCS, David Freese in Game 6.
7. Exhibits pertaining to some of the lighter moments in Cardinal History— I’m envisioning a wall with a large plasma TV, playing clips of Wainwright dugout dances. You get the picture. I would include some of Chris Carpenter‘s um, colorful exclamations, but it being a family museum and all, probably not a good idea. Same goes for Matt Holliday running the bases with his fly open. Funny stuff for us adults, but not the kiddies. But the Waino dances are cool, and there would be other stuff that I am just not thinking of right now.
8. All the baseball uniforms through the years.
9. A room with a miniaturized version of the Budweiser wagon pulled by a single clydesdale.
10. Exhibits pertaining to all the ballparks in Cardinal history.
I’ll stop there, but this was fun. Can’t wait to see the real thing when it opens.