The signature symbol of the Cardinals' 1982 World Series championship run made an appearance at Busch Stadium on Monday night.
Ed Noonan sported the Cardinals Cowboy hat -- popularized by late owner August A. Busch Jr., who wore the hat most notably during the 1982 Fall Classic -- as the Cardinals celebrated the 30th anniversary of their ninth world title this past weekend. Still in a celebratory mode, Noonan sported the 10-gallon again to the delight of neighboring fans.
Noonan received the red headgear in the 1970s as a gift from the Cardinals for being a loyal advertiser during his days with Century 21. The sombrero may be more than 40 years old and showing signs of wear, but it remains a beauty in the eyes of this Cardinals fan, who now resides in San Diego.
"When the Cards play at Petco Park next month, I will be wearing it there," he said.
Now that's loyalty.