10/23/2004 3:29 PM ET
Boston-St. Louis: A tale of two cities
Two old baseball towns prepare for culture clash
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
|Rapper Nelly and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler represent their respective cities. (AP)
Boston is Teddy Ballgame and Teddy Kennedy. St. Louis is Stan the Man and the first man to fly across the Atlantic. Now that one of the most tradition-rich World Series in a long time is under way, here is a closer look at two historic towns:
Boston is Myles Standish.
St. Louis is Miles Davis.
Boston is Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edith Wharton, Julia Ward Howe, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
St. Louis is Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, floating along the Mighty Mississippi as characters from Hannibal's own Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain).
Boston is Harvard and the Charles River.
St. Louis is Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis.
Boston is Bunker Hill and the Boston Marathon's "Heartbreak Hill."
St. Louis is The Hill, a neighborhood where Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola grew up and where you go for great Italian food.
Boston is one of America's great Roman Catholic bastions.
St. Louis is one of America's great Roman Catholic bastions.
Boston is Plymouth Rock.
St. Louis is Laclede's Landing.
Boston is Samuel Adams.
St. Louis is Anheuser-Busch.
Boston is architect Eero Saarinen's Kresge Chapel at MIT.
St. Louis is Saarinen's Gateway Arch.
Boston is a getaway to Martha's Vineyard.
St. Louis still kicks along Route 66.
Boston is Paul Revere.
St. Louis is Lewis and Clark.
Boston is the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims.
St. Louis is the Osage Nation.
Boston is Aerosmith and the Boston Pops.
St. Louis is Sheryl Crow and Nelly.
Boston is clam chowder.
St. Louis is brats and barbecue.
Boston is the Old North Church, and "one if by land, two if by sea."
St. Louis is the confluence of America's two biggest rivers, the Mississippi and the Missouri (America's longest).
Boston is the Emerson Majestic Theater.
St. Louis is Emerson Electric.
Boston is the Kennedys.
St. Louis is Grant's Farm, the tourist attraction where Ulysses S. Grant lived.
Boston is the Boston Tea Party.
St. Louis is T-ball on every youth baseball field.
Two of 30 teams are left, and two places on the map are ready to paint their towns red.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.