The final regular season baseball game at Busch Stadium II in St. Louis has been played, with the Cardinals defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-5. And, forty seasons of baseball will end at Busch Stadium II within the next month. After the playoffs it will be knocked down, blow by blow from a cold, steel ball that knows nothing of baseball or its history. However 50,000 some odd people, who do have an affinity for America’s Pasttime made their way to downtown St. Louis to watch the final regular season game ever. May 12th, 1966, the Cardinals beat the Braves 4-3 in the first ever game at the downtown Busch, which replaced the first Busch Stadium – originally known as Sportsmen’s Park. On that day the first memories of the stadium were formed. Ten trips to the playoffs, six National League titles and two World Championships. There were no hitters, lots of stolen bases, dozens upon dozens of Ozzie Smith highlights, and of course Mark McGwire’s 70 home run season in 1998.
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