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“Celebration: The Magic of the Cardinals in the 1980s” Book Signing

August 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


“Celebration: The Magic of the Cardinals in the 1980s” – Discussion and Book Signing Event

It’s a celebration! If you are a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and want to celebrate good times, then come on and join us! On Saturday, July 24, from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Hotchkiss Chapel, author Dan O’Neill will discuss the creation of his book, “Celebration: The Magic of the Cardinals in the 1980s”. He will also personally sign any copies purchased. Copies will be available for purchase at this event.

Cardinals baseball has become more than a pastime in St. Louis. The association with baseball and all things red is a regional identification, a rite of summer, a “best baseball town” way of life. The phenomenon is rooted in nearly 130 years of history, unforgettable eras, and legendary players. From the “Gas House Gang” of the 1930s, the “Swifties” of the ’40s, the “El Birdos” of the ’60s to the present, the Cardinals are one of the most successful franchises in major league baseball, one of its iconic names. But no decade is more responsible for igniting the passion and pride than 1980s. Inheriting a lineup ill-suited to its ballpark, a clubhouse tainted with substance abuse, a franchise in stagnation, Whitey Herzog re-invented the brand. With stunning moves and remarkable vision, he infused the Redbirds with pitching, speed and defense and introduced a decade of thrills and chills. Players like Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Bruce Sutter, Jack Clark, and Joaquin Andujar took St. Louis to three World Series and took Busch Stadium attendance to heights it had never known.

Detailed in spectacular pictures and memorable tales, “Celebration” takes you back to the decade of “Whiteyball,” back to stolen bases, “Secret Weapons” and “Go Crazy!” magic . . . back to when Cardinals baseball was breathtaking.


Born in St. Louis, Dan O’Neill graduated from the same University City High School as Tennessee Williams, Bing Devine, and Nelly. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, he has been an award-winning feature writer and columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MSNBC.com and numerous publications.

Because of the latest COVID-19 delta variant, we do recommend wearing masks to protect yourself and others when you’re close to people who may not be vaccinated.


Only 35 tickets are available, so sign up now!




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August 21
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum