They tied in 1885 and won outright in 1886, both times against Chicago, in the first meetings of the Cardinals–Cubs rivalry that continues to this day.Cardinals achievements that have impacted MLB and sports in general include Branch Rickey's pioneering of the farm system, Rogers Hornsby's two batting Triple Crowns, Dizzy Dean's 30-win season in 1934, Stan Musial's 17 MLB and 29 NL records, Bob Gibson's 1.12 earned run average (ERA) in 1968, Whitey Herzog's Whiteyball, Mark Mc Gwire breaking the single-season home run record in 1998, and the 2011 championship team's unprecedented comebacks.Louis defeated the Texas Rangers later that game with a walk-off home run from Freese.La Russa's successor, Mike Matheny, helped extend St.
The Cardinals play their home games at Busch Stadium (also referred to as New Busch Stadium or Busch III) in downtown St.Without a league, they continued play as a semi-professional barnstorming team through 1881. He also led the AA in OBP (.448) and OPS (.974) in 1886 and finished fourth in batting average in 1886 (.334) and fifth in 1887 (.357).The magnitudes of the reorganizations following the 18 seasons are such that the 1875–18–1881 Brown Stockings teams are not generally considered to share continuity as a franchise with the current St. By winning the pennant, the Browns played the NL pennant winner in a predecessor of the World Series.The nadir was the 1897 season: a 29–102 record for a franchise-worst .221 winning percentage. Louis Republic sportswriter Willie Mc Hale included an account in a column of a female fan he heard remarking about the uniforms, "What a lovely shade of cardinal." Fans liked the moniker "Cardinals" and, the next year, popularity for the nickname induced an official change to Cardinals.In 1902, an American League team moved from Milwaukee into St. Louis Browns and built a new park on the site of the Cardinals' old stadium, striking a rivalry that lasted five decades.