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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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RAY'S CHOICE of lumber was the popular U1 model Louisville Slugger personalized with his signature stamp on the barrel.






THIS BAT, brought over to the Original Sports Bar from Busch Stadium in mid-August of 1955, was used by the hard-hitting Redleg third-baseman, Ray Jablonski. "Jabbo" was traded in the off season by the Cardinals to Cincinnati after an All-Star 1954 season with St. Louis in which he had a career high 181 hits, a .296 average and 104 RBIs. By June of 1955, new Cardinal manager, Harry “The Hat” Walker was trying to get “Jabbo” back to shore up the Cardinal offense which ended the year 6th in the National League in batting average, HRs and runs.


RAY JABLONSKI

ALL-STAR: 1954

'Jabbo' weilded a potent bat for St. Louis in the mid-1950s

Jablonski has his best year at the plate in 1954, hitting .296 with 181 hits and 104 RBIs.

MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR

RAY JABLONSKI was a member of the Card's "Polish Falcons."
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Ray Jablonski began his Major League baseball career at the age of 26 on April 14, 1953 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for eight seasons for the Cardinals, Reds, Cubs, Giants and A's — and ended his big league playing career in 1960.

Jablonski swung a very potent bat for St. Louis in the mid-1950s when the Cardinals had a group known as the Polish Falcons — including Jablonski, Rip Repulski and Steve Bilko.

He debuted as the Cards' regular third baseman in 1953, hitting 21 home runs and collecting 112 RBIs. He developed an exuberant following, with a large section of Sportsman's Park frequently yelling, "Go-Go Jabbo!"

An all-star in 1954, Jablonski peaked at the plate — hitting .296 with 181 hits and 104 RBIs.

Despite his popularity, Jabbo was traded to the Reds and was replaced in St. Louis by rookie Ken Boyer. He also played for the Giants and Athletics, and ended his career with a .268 lifetime average.


RAY JABLONSKI: Did you know...

...Jablonski was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals in Dec. 1954 with Gerry Staley to the Cincinnati Redlegs for Frank Smith.

...Jablonski was traded by the Cincinnati Redlegs in Nov. 1956 with Elmer Singleton to the Chicago Cubs for Don Hoak, Warren Hacker, and Pete Whisenant.

...Jablonski was traded by the Chicago Cubs in April 1957 with Ray Katt to the New York Giants for Dick Littlefield and Bob Lennon.

...Jablonski was traded by the San Francisco Giants in March 1959 with Bill White to the St. Louis Cardinals for Sam Jones and Don Choate.

...Jablonski was selected off waivers in Aug. 1959 by the Kansas City Athletics from the St. Louis Cardinals.

...Jablonski was born December 17, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He died November 25, 1985 in Chicago at age 58.

RAY JABLONSKI ended his career with a .268 lifetime average.

JABLONSKI played for eight seasons for the Cardinals, Reds, Cubs, Giants and A's.