10/09/2002 10:03 pm ET
Cards roll out legends for pregame
By Jared Hoffman / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals brought out five Hall of Famers for pregame ceremonies at Busch Stadium for Game 1 of the NLCS on Wednesday night. A sellout crowd roared its approval.
Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Stan Musial and the newest Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith, were all on hand for the Cardinals series opener against San Francisco. Each of the five has had their number retired by the Cardinals and been honored with a bronze sculpture outside Busch Stadium.
Perhaps it was designed as a bit of inspiration for the current St. Louis team. Each of those five players has at least one World Series ring.
The Cardinals also had a moment of silence to remember members of their family who have died this year -- pitcher Darryl Kile, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck, Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter and 1982 World Series MVP Darrell Porter.
Instead of using a celebrity singer for the national anthem, the song was sung by the fans themselves for the second time this season.
George Kissell, who has been involved with the Cardinals in various capacities, including minor league manager, coach and field instructor, since joining the organization since 1940, threw out the first pitch.
Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.