The St. Louis Cardinals are an American professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division. Busch Stadium has been their home ballpark since 2006. With origins as one of the early professional baseball clubs in St. Louis and the nation, entrepreneur Chris von der Ahe purchased a barnstorming club in 1881, then known as the Brown Stockings, and established them as charter members of the old American Association base ball league which played 1882 to 1891, the following season. Upon the discontinuation of the AA, St. Louis joined the continuing National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, later known simply as the National League, in 1892; at that time, they were called the Browns and also as the Perfectos before they were officially renamed eight years later as the Cardinals in 1900. The name refers to the bird called "Cardinal", which is the team's mascot, rather than to the senior Catholic Church officials so named.
National League Central
William O. DeWitt Jr.
2011, 2006, 1982, 1967, 1964, 1946, 1944, 1942, 1934, 1931, and 1926