The Browns, who won't be known as the Cardinals until 1900, make their National League debut on Apr. 12 with a 14-10 loss at home to the Chicago Colts, later to be renamed the Cubs. On Apr. 17, the Browns fall to the Reds, 5-1, in the first National League game played on a Sunday.
After Anheuser-Busch, Inc. bought, the Cardinals in 1953, Sportsman's Park was renamed Busch Stadium. The Cardinals closed the stadium on May 8, 1966 with a 10-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Busch Stadium II
Served as home to the Cardinals from 1966 to 2005. On May 12, 1966, the Cardinals opened new Busch Memorial Stadium in downtown St. Louis by defeating the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 12 innings. Busch Stadium II served as host for the 1966 MLB All-Star Game, as well as six World Series (1967, '68, '82, '85, '87, 2004). The Cardinals closed Busch Stadium in 2005, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on October 2, 2005.
Busch Stadium III
On April 10, 2006, the Cardinals opened their new 46,000 seat retro-style downtown ballpark with a 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. David Eckstein collected the first Cardinals hit in the new Busch Stadium, and Albert Pujols hit the Redbirds first homerun. The Cardinals also became the first team in almost 100 years to win a World Series Championship in the inaugural season of a new ballpark. The new Busch Stadium will also serve as host for the 80th MLB All-Star Game, in July 2009.
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