St Louis: A Great City & Storied Baseball Team

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St Louis is a great American city filled with midwestern charm and youthful energy. The Cathedral Basilica (a portion of which is shown in the first frame) is one of America’s most beautiful Catholic churches and the Gateway Arch, the world’s tallest stainless steel monument (height=width), represents U.S. expansion from East to West.  St. Louis is also home to Washington University (WashU),  one of America’s premier institutions of higher learning.

As I watch the 2018 World Series, I can’t help but reminisce about one of baseball’s most storied franchises, the St. Louis Cardinals.  After all, the redbirds (not the Dodgers or the Red Sox) are second only to the Yankees in winning the most World Series championships.  And among the greatest Cardinals to ever play the game (my all-time favorite) was 3rd baseman Ken Boyer. His clutch grand slam home run in the 1964 World Series turned the tide in favor of St. Louis as the Cardinals upended the Yankees (and their all-star trio of Mantle, Maris and Ford). Check out the recent book on Ken Boyer that provides a compelling argument in support of Boyer’s induction into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Michael Miller, MD is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland USA.

 

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