Posted 5/3/12 at 6:00 PM

Busch vendor has been with the program since 1965

After 47 years, Joe Palermo is as much of a fixture at Cardinals games as hot dogs and cold beverages.

The 81-year-old vendor for Sportservice -- Busch Stadium's concessionaire -- can always be found inside Gate 3, near the iconic Stan Musial statue. Working the stadium's busiest entrance, he's a familiar face and voice to thousands of fans as he hawks Cardinals magazines, media guides, yearbooks and scorecards.

Palermo, who is on a first-name basis with many of his customers, is known for the Cardinals trivia questions that he displays on top of his cart. Fans don't need to buy anything to play, and correct answers yield prizes like beads and trinkets.

-- Gabriel Kiley

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