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Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals Slugger and Rising Star, Dies in Car Crash

Categories: Cardinals

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UPI/Bill Greenblatt
RIP, Oscar Taveras.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielding prospect Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend died Sunday in a car accident in Taveras' native Dominican Republic. He was 22 years old.

Taveras' agent confirmed his death to reporters in the Dominican Republic, saying Taveras was driving from Sousa to Puerto Plata when he and his girlfriend died, according to Dominican baseball website LigaDom.com.

No other details were immediately available Sunday night. After offering condolences to Taveras' family, general manager John Mozeliak said he was waiting for more details before issuing a public statement released this statement::

"I simply can't believe it," said Mozeliak. "I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest."

The chairman of the Cardinals said he was "stunned and deeply saddened" at the loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family.

"Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight."


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Barney's Sports Bar is Selling "We are Darren Wilson" St. Louis Cardinals T-shirts

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Mitch Ryals
You stay classy, Barney's.
Barney's Sports pub in south St. Louis will be selling Darren Wilson Cardinals T-shirts this weekend.

According to the We Are Darren Wilson Facebook group, which made the announcement yesterday, the T-shirts will be available Saturday for $20.

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New Video of Cardinals Fans, Mike Brown Protesters Shows Not All Fans Were Assholes

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Courtesy Daniel Suarez
At least one Cardinals fan held up a peace sign to Michael Brown protesters.

Daniel Suarez, a 28-year-old Collinsville, Illinois, resident and Cardinals fan, said he exited the Monday, October 6, playoff game to go to a designated smoking area and hand his friend a ticket over the barrier. When he got outside, he said he saw a small group of about a dozen Michael Brown protesters.

"First they were just protesting, and nobody was saying anything really. It was peaceful," Suarez told Daily RFT.

Then, he said, "it all started going downhill." Video shot by Argus Streaming News showing fans trying to shout down protesters and making racist jokes went viral this week.

Like many that evening, Suarez pulled out his cell phone and began recording. He shared his videos with Daily RFT; they show what things looked like from the Cardinals fans' side of the confrontation, including a woman claiming to know officer Darren Wilson, the Ferguson policeman who shot and killed Michael Brown. But Suarez said he wants to make the videos public because they show that at least a couple fans were "sympathizing with the protesters."

"It was embarrassing to be a Cardinals fan at this point," he recalled.

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Racist Fans Clash with Ferguson Protesters at Cardinals Game

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Screengrab of video by Mustafa Hussein, Argus Streaming News

Not a great day to be one of the so-called "best fans in baseball."

Last night at the game at against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a small group of Ferguson protesters began marching and chanting in front of a much larger group of Cardinals fans outside Busch Stadium. Just a few minutes into their demonstration, the sea of red responded, first by chanting "Let's go Cardinals!" in response to "Justice for Mike Brown!"

And then everything got way, way worse. Mustafa Hussein, a cameraman for Argus Streaming News, captured the exchange on his live feed.

"That's sad that it gives our city a really bad look," he said this morning. "The incident was very intense."

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Eight Things St. Louis Is Sorry for According to Mayor Slay's Weird Defense of the Cardinals

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Steve Truesdell for Riverfront Times
Don't worry Cardinals fans, Mayor Slay has your back!
Must be October. Why? Because as Daily RFT observed earlier this week, everyone is ragging on the St. Louis Cardinals -- including the Wall Street Journal, which on Tuesday published a "hateability index" that ranked the Redbirds as the most despised team in this year's playoffs.

Enter now Mayor Francis Slay, who is not going to let the Journal -- or anyone else for that matter -- besmirch the Cardinals. In a response published yesterday on the Wall Street Journal's website, Slay donned both his Cardinals and his chamber of commerce caps in a bizarre apology/defense of his city and its team.

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The St. Louis Cardinals Are America's Most Hateable Playoff Team: WSJ

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Jon Gitchoff
How can you hate these fans, America? Oh, right, because the St. Louis Cardinals can't stop winning.
Move over, New York Yankees. We'll take it from here.

The St. Louis Cardinals is the most hateable team in the Major League Baseball post-season, according to a sort-of-scientific report from the Wall Street Journal.

What makes a team hateable? Beards, mostly. Also teams with swollen payrolls, juicing players and haughty fan bases.

On a scale that assigns points for every hateable trait (the more points, the more hated you are), St. Louis earned an impressive 12.7 points, especially thanks to the team's winning past and the ill-earned "best fans in baseball" moniker. Winning four league titles in ten years really propelled St. Louis above any other team, including second-place winners the LA Dodgers, who scored a 10.8.


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Inside the City's "Vault": Cardinals' 1917 Incorporation Papers and More [PHOTOS]

Categories: Cardinals, History

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St. Louis Recorder of Deeds
The modern St. Louis Cardinals were birthed from these incorporation papers, signed 1917. (Read the full documents on the next page.)
There's a mess in the bowels of City Hall, but St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Jennifer Florida is digging through it. With gusto.

"It's almost a million documents, so we have an overwhelming hurdle," says Florida, describing the massive trove St. Louis history stockpiled in the four storage areas managed by her office.

Appointed by Mayor Francis Slay last month after then-Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter admitted to dabbling in nepotism, Florida says she's found many of the office's records in dire need of preservation. But there are treasures to find as well, like the perfect reproductions of the Cardinals' 97-year-old incorporation documents.

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Tony La Russa Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Baseball Hall of Fame | @BaseballHall
Tony La Russa is immortal, suckers!

What do you give to a man who has everything? Immortality.

That's what former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is experiencing now that he's been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. During a weekend full of parades, speeches, dedications and parties, La Russa's legend has been secured for a lifetime. Joined by pitcher Greg Maddux, pitcher Tom Glavine, first baseman/DH Frank Thomas, manager Bobby Cox and manager Joe Torre, La Russa was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 27 after being unanimously voted in by the membership committee back in December.

See also:
- Five Things We Learned from Tony La Russa's Commencement Address at Washington U.
- Tony La Russa, Former Cardinals Manager, Unanimously Voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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Vines Brothers Bring STL Style to St. Louis Cardinals, Modern Family

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Allison Babka
Randy and Jeff Vines are bringing STL Style to the Cardinals and Modern Family.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Modern Family like to do it in style -- STL Style, that is.

This summer, the baseball team with the best fans and the television show with the biggest audience are turning to a small design and print shop in St. Louis for some of their biggest fashion needs. STL Style owners Jeff and Randy Vines and their team of city-proud designers are on deck to provide winning looks for the Cardinals' "Christmas in July" T-shirt giveaway for the Wednesday, July 23, game and for Modern Family's upcoming baby and toddler line.

"We're thrilled! Sometimes we pinch ourselves," Jeff Vines tells Daily RFT. "We can't believe we'd have this broad of a reach when we started out so many years ago, just the two of us."


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St. Louis Cardinals Fan Drops Beer on Crowd at Busch Stadium [VIDEO]

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YouTube
Just wait for it...
Talk about a party foul.

A St. Louis Cardinals fan with an almost-full cup of delicious golden brew accidentally dropped his beer onto a group of baseball fans at Busch Stadium during Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.


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