Megdal: Cardinals’ new Hall of Fame highlights the team’s continuity

From SABR member Howard Megdal at Sports on Earth on April 8, 2014:

The St. Louis Cardinals unveiled their new Hall of Fame Monday, part of the Ballpark Village that rose from a vacant lot next to Busch Stadium and now appears as a seamless part of the visual beyond left field.

The museum itself stands out — perhaps the finest of its kind, it’s a physical documentation of the decades-long effort by the team to prioritize those who’ve helped build its history. The Cardinals have used primary documents and objects from their own history, along with some from the Browns and the Negro League’s St. Louis Stars. There’s the Branch Rickey jersey from 1919, the Eddie Gaedel jersey once worn by current Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr.

And the museum doesn’t forsake the present Cardinals, either, providing an interactive set of touchscreens for fans to learn more about the real-time updated roster.

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Originally published: April 8, 2014. Last Updated: April 8, 2014.