Friday, April 08, 2016

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for St. Louis sports, as both the Cardinals and the Blues are playing for the next couple of weeks. This overlap can only occur for a very limited period twice a year and is contingent on the teams making the playoffs. In April, the Cardinals season generally starts in the last week of the Blues’ NHL season, whereas in October the Cardinals will usually have to of already made it to the playoffs to coincide with the Blues’ opening night. These limited stretches are nirvana for the region’s sport fans and are enhanced by the friendly and active relationship between the two clubs. Sports is nearly a language of its own in this area and whether you’re just looking to pass the time between games or show off to your friends, the library has a litany of materials at your disposal.

St. Louis Cardinals items available through the library

The Matheny Manifesto - Mike Matheny
A young manager's old-school views on success in sports and life.

One Last Strike - Tony La Russa
Fifty years in baseball, ten and a half games back, and one final championship season.

Pitch by Pitch - Bob Gibson
A personal view of one unforgettable game.

St. Louis Cardinals Championship Collection
Official World Series films from the past eight decades.

St. Louis Cardinals Greatest Games of Busch Stadium 1966-2005
Filled with more than 17 hours of Cardinals passion, this collection includes the complete game broadcasts.

St. Louis Blues items available through the library

100 Things Blues Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die - Jeremy Rutherford
The definitive resource guide for both seasoned and new fans of the St. Louis Blues.

Tales from the St. Louis Blues Locker Room - Bob Plager
A collection of the greatest Blues stories ever told.

Gateway City Puckchasers - Darin Wernig
The history of hockey in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Arena Memories - Jeff Gordon, Patti Jackson
The history of the St. Louis Arena in chronological order, supplemented with pictures from conception to implosion.

The St. Louis Blues Note by Note - Jim Woodcock
The most comprehensive retrospective on the team's first 35 years.

Posted by Terry Pierson, Programming Technician