Round One is complete, the teams have been advanced on the bracket.
Not a lot of surprises, but one considerable upset to be found here in the Musial Region.
Below are the polls for voting in Round Two! Again, please vote for which team you believe should advance to the next round in each case, using whatever criteria you feel necessary – and if you so desire, let us know your feelings on one or each in the comments below.
Voting on Musial Region Round Two will close at 8pm-ish CT on Wednesday 03/21.
1967 – This team won the National League by 10.5 games over the San Francisco Giants, and behind the first-ever unanimous NL MVP Orlando Cepeda, went on to defeat the Boston Red Sox in seven games to win the World Series. The Cardinals also drafted some guy named Ted Simmons in July of this year. Not bad.
1945 – Not that the ’67 Birdos need the help, but the 1945 team finished second in the National League, to the Chicago Cubs. Ew.
2000 – The list of additions made for this season’s club is staggering: Mike Matheny, Pat Hentgen, Darryl Kile, Jim Edmonds, Will Clark. Remember when Will Clark played for the Cardinals? Stupid Mets.
1987 – For many a Cardinal fan, those old enough to remember this ’87 squad, this was the last great Cardinal team until what, 2004? Essentially the last hurrah of Whitey-ball, the ’87 Cards lost the World Series to the Minnesota Twins, four games to three. The home team won each game.
1931 – Led by Frankie Frisch’s MVP season, the ’31 Birds also had help from Jim Bottomley, Ripper Collins, Chick Hafey, Pepper Martin, and Burleigh Grimes, among others – including player/manager Gabby Street.
1996 – The beginning of more than one era – manager and owner, the end of another – Ozzie Smith. Ozzie’s farewell tour was a bit of an acrimonious one within the clubhouse, but ended in a division title for the club and an awful collapse in the NLCS, leading Atlanta three games to one before losing the last three to end their season.
1952 – The upset special! The one true first-r0und “upset” in the whole tournament was pulled off by the 88-66 1952 squad. Should’ve figured a team that had all three of Red Schoendienst, Stan Musial, and Enos Slaughter could make some things happen.
2006 – Are the World Champion 2006 Cardinals headed for a meeting with the 1967 juggernaut? It’s an interesting juxtaposition really that has the team once counted out of the World Series before it started – “Tigers in three.” – is now considered somewhat a favorite in the tournament. World Series rings will do that for a team. Watch out for the Cinderella ’52’s though!
Also, stay tuned to the United Cardinal Bloggers website later today for a fun contest you can participate in along with the Tourney!