Even if you’re more than 1,000 miles from Cooperstown, you can still get the experience of a big-time big league hall of fame. Earlier this season, the St. Louis Cardinals opened their new Hall of Fame and Museum at Ballpark Village, next door to Busch Stadium.
Seven galleries offer a chronological trip through the Cardinals’ rich history, from its birth to the current day. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs.
Huge stadium models show off each home of the Redbirds, from Sportsman’s park through the first Busch Stadium and on to the team’s current home.
There are a couple of interactive exhibits as well.
In addition, plaques for the 22 members of the inaugural Hall of Fame class are on display, with more to follow. The Cardinals Hall of Fame will honor the players and individuals who have had the greatest impact on the success of the franchise.
KSDK-TV’s ‘Show Me St. Louis’ program got a tour of the museum. Get a look inside below.