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

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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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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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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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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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Five Things We Learned from Tony La Russa's Commencement Address at Washington U.

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"You guys dug it out and played .500 ball."

Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa doesn't just inspire greatness on the field -- he also inspires greatness in life. Last Friday, La Russa gave the commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis, bidding thousands of students good luck as they go from the minors to the big leagues.

If anyone knows about playing a hard nine to earn respect, it's La Russa. From mediocre player to outstanding manager to a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the former Cardinals skipper has attacked baseball with the mind of a chess player over the years, and it paid off with multiple World Series titles, National League pennants and Manager of the Year awards.

But the advice La Russa offered Friday applies to more than just college graduates or baseball players. Below, check out La Russa's five best nuggets of wisdom that will help anybody grind out a couple of wins and become a "plus" player in the game of life.

See also:
- Tony La Russa, Former Cardinals Manager, Unanimously Voted into Baseball Hall of Fame
- 6 Photos of Tony La Russa Cuddling with Puppies That Will Make You Happy Forever

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Cardinals Cartography: New York Times Maps Baseball Fandom's Borders

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The New York Times new data journalism blog, the Upshot, is off to a hell of a start, especially if you're a fan of baseball and/or zooming in and out of interactive maps.

Built on Facebook data, the map reflects areas' individual allegiances down to the ZIP code. Unsurprisingly, the Cardinals hold a vast swath of the Midwest in its thrall. (Which is a good thing, because evidence suggests Cards fans are the best damn fans in all of baseball.)

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MLB Players Think the St. Louis Cardinals Will Win the 2014 World Series

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Go Cards! St. Louis and even the players of the MLB believe in you.
St. Louisans always think their Cardinals are poised for another World Series win.

This time, the players of Major League Baseball agree with them.

ESPN The Magazine passed an anonymous poll through the MLB locker rooms to get candid answers to some of baseball's most pressing questions: Are athletes still using performance-enhancing drugs? Would they accept an openly gay player into the league?

And, most importantly, who is going to win it all this year?

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NSFW: Cardinals Pitcher Carlos Martinez Comes Out as Not Gay on Twitter

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Two weeks after Mizzou football star Michael Sam announced that he planned to become the NFL's first openly gay player, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez revealed via social media that he is definitively, 110 percent, absolutely and positively not gay.

Martinez made the surprise announcement on Twitter, by "favoriting" dozens of explicit pornographic images of women.

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St. Louis Native/Bravo Exec Andy Cohen's Twitter Chat Goes to the Dogs

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It's puppy love for Andy Cohen and Wacha.
Bravo executive Andy Cohen might live in New York City, but he's still got provel running through his veins. The St. Louis native will be back in town to prove it this Sunday, Feb. 23, when he serves as grand marshall and host of the 21st annual Beggin' Pet Parade in the Soulard neighborhood, the Gateway City's Mardi Gras headquarters. Cohen will lead parade festivities before ceding the spotlight to musical guest Barenaked Ladies.

A longtime producer for the Bravo cable network, Cohen has overseen some of the pulpiest reality programming of the past decade. Cohen's Real Housewives franchise and spinoffs habitually are the center of watercooler talk, and Housewives reunion shows eventually led the Clayton High School grad to create and host Watch What Happens Live, late night's only live, interactive talk show.

To celebrate Cohen's return home, Beggin' (a brand of dog treats from St. Louis-based Nestlé Purina PetCare) and Cohen joined forces for a Twitter chat, welcoming questions from dog lovers and Cohen enthusiasts. Here's what we learned about @Andy from the #BegginPetParadeChat, which made it to Twitter's "trending" leaderboard:

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Jack Clark Apologizes to Albert Pujols For Steroid Accusation, Claims He "Misspoke"

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Jack Clark.
The months-long legal battle between two former Cardinal greats is over.

After claiming on-air in August that he knew "for a fact" that Albert Pujols was a "juicer," former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark now says he "misspoke."

"I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs," Clark said in a public retraction Monday night. His statement goes on to describe his on-air comments were the result of a "heated discussion on air."

"I sincerely apologize," he concluded.

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