It’s been 60 years since St. Louis had two major league baseball teams. With this year’s opening day for the St. Louis Cardinals around the corner, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is featuring a historical exhibit on St. Louis’ other team, the St. Louis Browns.  The St. Louis Browns Historical Society has installed an exhibit in the Terminal 1 Baggage Claim featuring more than 200 photos, two jerseys (Home & Road) and other memorabilia. The exhibit runs through June 2013. St. Louis was recently recognized by the Bleacher Report as being the Best Baseball city in the U. S. according to Fan Club president Bill Rogers. Rogers plans an annual celebration of the St. Louis Browns which includes former players and fans. For more information, you can log onto www.thestlbrowns.com 

Now is your chance to brush up on your American League history (home of the Browns) in St. Louis. The Browns started out as the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1902 they came to St. Louis and took the former name of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Brown Stockings (because of the colors they wore).

The first year in St. Louis, the Browns finished in second place with a record of 78- 58. After that, they never placed higher than fourth until 1922, when they placed second behind the Yankees by one game. They were back to their losing ways until 1944, when they went to the World Series against the in-town rivals St. Louis Cardinals. The Browns lost the series 4-2.

In 1951, they signed Satchel Paige, a Negro League star, yet they still saw no improvement. The Browns signed what is still to this day the smallest player in MLB history in 3’ 7” 65-pound Eddie Gaedel who sported the number 1/8.   In 1955 the Browns sold Sportsman Park to the Cardinals after the Busch family bought the Redbirds.  The Browns were then sold to Baltimore where they have played ever since as the Orioles.

On September 28th 1953, before a sparse crowd of 3,174 the Browns played their last game in St. Louis.