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Busch Stadium Farewell


Busch Stadium Busch Stadium full of fond memories
It's the last of the much-maligned "cookie-cutter" stadiums that populated baseball in the 1960s and 1970s. But Busch Stadium was never about the park as much as it was the great players who played there.
Ozzie Smith The All-Busch Stadium team
Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Ozzie Smith and current Cardinals Jim Edmonds, Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen were among 12 players chosen by St. Louis fans for the All-Busch Stadium team, which was announced Oct. 1. More >
Cards can close out Busch with title

May 12, 1966
Busch Stadium opens with a 12-inning win.
Oct. 2, 1968
Bob Gibson strikes out 17 in Game 1 of the '68 Series.
Apr. 16, 1978
Bob Forsch pitches the first no-hitter in Busch.
Aug. 13, 1979
The speedy Lou Brock collects his 3,000th career hit.
Sep. 27, 1998
Mark McGwire hits homers No. 69 and 70 of the season.
Oct. 2, 2005
Busch hosts it's last regular season game.

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Baseball's Best at Busch
Bob Gibson video 1968 World Series | Game 1
Bob Gibson was in peak form, fanning 17 Tigers to set a World Series record for strikeouts.
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Clutch hits by Keith Hernandez and George Hendrick backed the gutsy pitching of Joaquin Andujar.
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Facts & Figures
Busch Stadium Firsts
• Game: 05/12/1966 -- Braves 3, Cardinals 4 (12 innings)
• Attendance at first game: 46,048.
Batting Firsts
• Batter: Felipe Alou (ground out)
• Hit: Gary Geiger (single)
• Run: Jerry Buchek
• Home Run: Felipe Alou
Pitching Firsts
• Win: Don Dennis
• Loss: Phil Niekro
• Save: Nelson Briles (05/15/1966)
Top 10 Moments at Busch
Counting down the top 10 moments at Busch
Photo Gallery photo gallery
No. 10: Mark McGwire's 70th home run   video 350K
Sept. 27, 1998 - McGwire caps a mesmerizing season with his 70th and final home run of the campaign.
Aug. 13, 1979 - Brock becomes the 14th player in Major League history to reach 3,000 career base hits.
No. 8: NLCS Game 7 clinch   video 350K
NLCS Oct. 21, 2004 - The Cardinals beat Roger Clemens and the Astros, 5-2, in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS.
No. 7: Lou Brock steals his 105th   video 350K
Sept. 10, 1974 - Brock racks up stolen bases 104 and 105 of the 1974 season, tying and then breaking the record.
No. 6: Edmonds' walk-off in the '04 NLCS   video 350K
Edmonds Oct. 20, 2004 - Jim Edmonds hits a 12th-inning walk-off to win Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS.
No. 5: Jack Buck's poem following 9/11   video 350K
Jack Buck Sept. 17, 2001 - Buck welcomes the game and the country back with a reading of his original poem, "For America."
No. 4: Gibson's 17-K game in the '68 Series   video 350K
Oct. 2, 1968 - The intimidating Bob Gibson K's 17, setting a Fall Classic record, in a win over the Tigers in Game 1.
No. 3: Cardinals' 1982 World Championship   video 350K
Oct. 20, 1982 - Bruce Sutter closes out Game 7 of the World Series as St. Louis wins its first world title since 1967.
Sept. 8, 1998 - McGwire breaks Roger Maris' single-season home run record. McGwire will finish the season with 70.
No. 1: Ozzie Smith's homer in the '85 NLCS   video 350K
Ozzie Smith Oct. 14, 1985: Smith socks the first left-handed home run of his career in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS, sparking Jack Buck's famous "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!" call.