Fans of these Cardinals take flight to the stadium every season. The St. Louis Cardinals is one of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, joining the National League as the St. Louis Browns in 1892. Renamed the Cardinals in 1900, the team has gone on to win 18 league pennants and 11 World Series championships (second only to the New York Yankees), its last in 2011. The team's roster has included such stars as Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, and Ozzie Smith. An investment group led by St. Louis attorney Fred Hanser, Andrew Baur, and William DeWitt Jr. owns the Cardinals.
Following the team's dramatic World Series championship victory over the Texas Rangers in 2011, longtime manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement. La Russa spent 16 seasons managing in St. Louis and 33 years as a big league manager. The Cardinals named former catcher Mike Matheny as La Russa's successor.
Helping prop up the team in recent years has been its new ballpark, which opened in 2006. The $400 million facility, built mostly with public funds, continues to carry the name Busch Stadium like the one it replaced. The Cardinals franchise had previously been owned by Anheuser-Busch from 1953 until DeWitt Jr. and his partners purchased the team in 1995.