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CLUBHOUSE
CRONICLES

Jimmy Palermo, during a historic 7-day span in May, 1939, saw the meteoric rise of Williams and tragic decline of Gehrig.

THE GAME'S
GOLDEN ERA

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MEMORIES
The field seemed vast to a 7-year old who had looked forward to this day for two months.

BREAKING THE COLOR LINE
The year marks the 60th anniversary of the first major league tryout for black players.

SPECIAL COLOR
LINE TIMELINE

Bud Fowler is the first know black players on an integrated team.

BOOMING BATS
of the '50s

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AMERICA'S ORIGINAL
SPORTS BAR
First sports bar featured 12-inch Farnsworth TV.

BASEBALL
HISTORIANS

Two unsuspecting vintage baseball fans rediscover a "National Treasure."
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HEMUS' choice of bats was a Louisville Slugger (model M159) with "HEMUS" block stamped on the barrel.





THIS SOLLY HEMUS bat was brought over to the Original Sports Bar from Busch Stadium in April of 1954. Hemus hit a solid .304 that year filling in on the infield wherever and whenever needed by the Cardinal manager, and Solly's mentor, Eddie Stanky.

SOLLY HEMUS

Hemus was a consistent player with a good eye at the plate

Managed the Cardinals from 1959-1961

Solly Hemus began his Major League baseball career on April 27, 1949, with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Hemus played for 11 seasons with the Cardinals and Phillies — and ended his big league playing career in 1959.

A consistent performer with a good eye at the plate, Hemus led the National League three times in HBP.

Aided by 20 HBP and 96 walks in 1952, Hemus scored 105 runs to tie teammate Stan Musial for the National League lead.

The regular Cardinals shortstop from 1951 through 1953, in 1954 Hemus batted a career-high .302. Solly played with the Cards and Phils, hitting .273 lifetime with 736 hits.

Managing the Cardinals from 1959-1961 he registered a 190-192 record, never finishing higher than third in the National League.

SOLLY HEMUS: Did you know...

...Hemus' fiery play and hustle earned him the nickname "Mighty Mouse."

...Hemus was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals in May 1956 to the Philadelphia Phillies for Bobby Morgan.

...Hemus was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies in Sept. 1958 back to the St. Louis Cardinals for Gene Freese.

...Hemus was born April 17, 1923 in Phoenix, Arizona.

SOLLY HEMUS was the regular Cardinal shortstop from 1951 to 1953.

HEMUS PLAYED for 11 seasons with the Cardinals and Phillies — and ended his big league playing career in 1959.