You Came A Long Way From St. Louis


While the Blues had returned to respectability on the ice, they were struggling off it. However, Dean took the losses philosophically, having taken over out of a sense of civic responsibility. InDean retired. His successor, William Stiritz, wanted to refocus on the core pet food business, and his personal sporting interests were in horse racing and not hockey. He saw the Blues as just another money-bleeding division, and put the team on the market.

While there were a number of interested parties, none had enough cash to meet Ralston's asking price. While the fans were stunned, the players were aware of this. These distractions would greatly affect their performance as they squeezed into the playoffs with a 25—40—15 record in the season, good enough for 65 points.

Following their playoff exit, Ralston authorized the deal to Hunter's renamed company Coliseum Holdings, Ltd. The Blues then fired 60 percent of their employees. The remaining staff included the accounting department, scouting staff, and coach Barclay Plager. District Court, claiming that the NHL broke federal antitrust laws and breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing by voting to reject the sale and transfer of the Blues to Hunter's group.

They also requested that the court allow them to give up the team and bar the NHL from interfering with the sale of the team. On June 3, Ralston announced that it had no interest in running the team anymore. Because they were not required to participate in the NHL Entry Draftthey did not send a representative, which led the Blues to forfeit their picks.

Louis Blues hockey operation. It then took control of the franchise and began searching for a new owner. League president John Ziegler said they would try to keep the team in St. However, had the league not found a new owner by August 6, it would dissolve the team and hold a dispersal draft for the players.

Louis-based investors for the team and the arena. Ornest had made plans to buy the team as early as March, but built up his efforts in late June to have enough money. Ornest immediately reverted the name of the team's home venue to the St. Ornest ran the Blues very cheaply, though the players did not mind.

According to Sutter, they wanted to stay in St. Louis because it reminded them of the rural Canadian towns where many of them grew up. For instance, Ornest asked many players to defer their salaries to help meet operating costs, but the players always got paid in the end.

During most of Ornest's tenure, the Blues had only 26 players under contract—23 in St. Louis, plus three on their farm team, the Montana Magic. Most NHL teams during the mids had over 60 players under contract. During this time, Doug Gilmourdrafted by St. Louis inemerged as a star. While the Blues remained competitive, they were unable to keep many of their young players. More often than not, several of the Blues' emerging stars ended up as Calgary Flamesand the sight of Flames executive Al MacNeil was always greeted with dread.

Sutter and Federko were the only untouchables on the Blues during that era. Bythe team reached the Campbell Conference Finals against the Flames.

Doug Wickenheiser 's overtime goal in Game 6 to cap a furious comeback remains one of the greatest moments in team history known locally as the " Monday Night Miracle "but the Blues lost Game 7, 2—1. Years later, Sutter argued that had the Blues made it to the Stanley Cup Finalsthey would have likely beaten the Canadiens, having won two out of three games against the Habs in the regular season.

Louis businessman Michael Shanahan. Louis kept chugging along through the late s and early s. While the Blues contended during this time period, they never passed the second round of the playoffs. Nonetheless, their on-ice success was enough for a consortium of 19 companies to buy the team. They also provided the capital to build the Kiel Center now the Enterprise Centerwhich opened in Hull, nicknamed the "Golden Brett" a reference to his father, NHL legend Bobby Hullwho was nicknamed the "Golden Jet"became one of the League's top stars and a scoring sensation, netting 86 goals in —91 en route to earning the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player.

Hull's 86 goals set the record for most goals in a single season by a right-winger and the third-most overall at the time.

Only Wayne Gretzky found the net more than Hull during any given three-year period. Despite posting the second-best regular-season record in the entire league in —91, the Blues were upset in the second round of the playoffs to the Minnesota North Starsa defeat that was symbolic of St.

Louis' playoff struggles. Mike Keenan was hired as both general manager and coach before the abbreviated seasonwith the hope that he could end the postseason turmoil that Blues fans had endured for years. Keenan instituted major changes, including trades that sent away fan favorites Brendan Shanahan and Curtis Joseph, as well as the acquisition of the legendary-but-aging Wayne Gretzky and goaltender Grant Fuhrboth from the declining Los Angeles Kings.

During the season, he publicly criticized Gretzky, who entered free agency after the season, declined an offer from the Blues, and took a less lucrative contract with the New York Rangers. Ultimately, Keenan's playoff resume with St. Louis included a first-round exit in and a second-round exit inand he was fired on December 19, Caron was reinstated as interim general manager for the rest of the season, and general manager Larry Pleau was hired on June 9, Hull, who had a lengthy feud with Keenan, left for the Dallas Stars in The Blues ended the s as the only NHL team to make the playoffs for the entire decade, although a Stanley Cup title still eluded the franchise.

In —the team notched a franchise-record points during the regular season, earning the Presidents' Trophy for the League's best record. However, they were stunned by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs in seven games. Inthe Blues advanced to the Western Conference Finals before bowing out in five games to the eventual champions, the Colorado Avalanche. Nonetheless, the team remained competitive for the next three years, despite never advancing beyond the second round.

Despite years of mediocrity and the stigma of never being able to "take the next step," the Blues were a playoff presence every year from to — the third-longest streak in North American professional sports history all three of which being held by NHL teams.

However, they never made an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. In fact, they made it to the conference finals only two times in their streak and Amid several questionable personnel moves and an unstable ownership situation, the Blues finished the —06 season with their worst record in 27 years. They missed the playoffs for only the fourth time in franchise history. Moreover, for the first time in club history, the normally excellent support seen by St. Louisans began decrease, with crowds normally numbering around 12, notably less than the team's normal high about 18, in a 19,seat arena.

On June 17,the Lauries announced that they would sell the team. Louis coming close to achieving this inwith an unsuccessful attempt to purchase the then- Vancouver Grizzliesand it was thought that this desire caused him to neglect the Blues. On November 14,the Blues announced that SCP Worldwide had officially withdrawn from negotiations to buy the team.

On December 27,it was announced that the Blues had signed a letter of intent to exclusively negotiate with General Sports and Entertainment, LLC. However, after the period of exclusivity, SCP entered the picture again. The Blues are currently the only team in the four major North American sports ice hockey, basketball, baseball, and American football to be owned by a private equity firm. Following the disappointing —06 season, which saw the Blues with the worst record in the NHL, the new management focused on rebuilding the franchise.

Under new management, the Blues promptly installed John Davidson as president of hockey operations, moving Pleau to a mostly advisory role. Louis after a brief and productive stopover in Carolina. Weight was again traded in December to the Anaheim Ducksalong with a minor league player, in exchange for Andy McDonald.

At the beginning of the —07 seasonthe Blues looked to be competitive in the Central Division. However, injuries plagued the team all season, and the lack of a bona fide scorer hampered them as well. Fan support was sluggish during the first half of the campaign, and the end of the calendar year was capped by an game losing streak.

OshieErik Johnson and David Perron. On January 4,the Blues had a record of 6—1—3 in their previous ten games, which was the best in the NHL during that stretch. Despite a healthy point jump from the previous season, the strain of playing in a conference where seven teams finished with more than points kept them out of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Just before the NHL trade deadlinethe Blues traded several key players, including Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk and Dennis Widemanin exchange for draft picks, though they re-signed Tkachuk after the season ended.

Brad Boyespicked up from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Wideman, became the fastest Blues player to reach 40 goals since Brett Hulldoing so during the —08 season. On October 10, the Blues introduced a new mascot, Louie. Two months later, they traded Doug Weight, a year-old four-time All-Star center, to the Anaheim Ducks as part of a package to acquire year-old center Andy McDonald. On February 8,it was announced that, after going much of the season without a captain, defenseman Eric Brewer was chosen as the team's 19th captain.

Louis native, Cam Janssen. He made his debut two days later, wearing number 55 against the Phoenix Coyotes. After spending the first half of the —09 season at or near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, the Blues began to turn things around behind the solid goaltending of Chris Mason. After a strong second-half run, the Blues made the playoffs on April 10,after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3—1. On April 12, the Blues clinched the sixth seed in the West with a 1—0 win against the Colorado Avalanche.

For the first time in five years that is, since the lockoutthe Blues were in the playoffs. They faced the third-seeded Vancouver Canucks in the first round, but despite the team's tremendous run to end the season, the Blues would ultimately lose the series in a quick four-game sweep.

The Blues fired head coach Andy Murray on January 2,after a disappointing record 17—17—6, 40 pointssitting in 12th place in the Conference. Especially galling were the frequent blown leads after two periods, and with the worst home record 6—13—3 posted in the entire NHL. After his duties as interim coach for the rest of the —10 seasonDavis Payne was named the 23rd head coach in the Blues' history on April On March 17,it was announced that the St.

Louis Blues were for sale. They fired their head coach, Davis Payne, and named Ken Hitchcock as his replacement on November 6, David Backes was also announced as the new team captain.

On March 17,the Blues became the first team to reach points and clinch a playoff berth in the —12 season under Hitchcock, qualifying for their first playoffs since — They would finish second in the Western Conference, behind the Vancouver Canucks. During the playoffs, they won their first playoff series sinceeliminating the San Jose Sharks in five games.

In —13the Blues completed the lockout -shortened season in fourth place in the Western Conference. They were again eliminated by Los Angeles, however, this time in six games in the first round of the playoffs, despite taking an initial 2—0 series lead. The following season, —14the team hit the point mark for the sixth time in franchise history, and gained a franchise record of 52 wins.

Their chance of winning the Central Division title, the top seed in the West, and the Presidents' Trophy would all evaporate, after they lost their final six games and wound up in second place in the Division, this time to the Colorado Avalanche. The slump haunted them, as they blew a 2—0 series lead to the defending champion Chicago Blackhawkslosing the first-round series in six games.

This marked the second-straight year the Blues lost in the first round of the playoffs to the reigning champions in six games after leading the series 2—0. In —15the Blues won their second Central Division championship in four years and faced the Minnesota Wild in round one of the playoffs.

However, for the third straight year, they lost in the first round and in six games. During the offseason, forward T. Oshie was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Troy Brouwer.

The Blues took on the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round series. Goodwin : Many of You Came A Long Way From St. Louis albums have a unifying concept. And I think that the young ladies today kind of think that either this rhythm and blues thing was created by osmosis, or they created it.

And these ladies [whose songs are on the album] are the bridge that I came across on. LaVette : Oh absolutely. They write stories and if the story matches you, or is the one you want to tell, then you tell it. When I sung it at the very first time, at the Hollywood Bowl — and just 10 years before that I had lived in walking distance of the Hollywood Bowl and never got a chance to come inside the gates, because I never made that much money the whole while I lived in California.

Goodwin : How do you choose a song to interpret? LaVette : The same way you do if you decide to buy it. I go and sing it. LaVette : It has to seduce me. Some of them have seduced me and kept me there for 50 and 60 years. Louis, Missourias the St. Louis Rams from until the end of the seasonbefore relocating back to Los Angeles where the team played from the season to the season. The Rams' relocation to St. Louis gave the city a professional football team for the first time since the end of the season.

That was the last year that the now-Arizona Cardinals played there before moving to Tempe in The relocation was the second in Rams franchise history; the team previously called Cleveland, Ohio home until Louis, which the city had been constructing for the previous few years in the hopes of gaining an NFL team. The city was left out of the expansion that brought Charlotte and Jacksonville into the league for and another attempt to secure a franchise fell through when the ownership group controlling the New England Patriots was forced out of power by their stadium's owner and operator.

The Rams' new stadium was not ready for them when they initially arrived in Missouri, so they were forced to temporarily share Busch Memorial Stadium with the St.

Louis Cardinals. Their first game in St. The then- Trans World Dome opened on November 12,with the home team scoring a 28—17 victory against the Carolina Panthers. The Rams' last game played in St. Louis, in what was by then known as the Edward Jones Dome, was against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 17,which they won, 31— The Rams' last game as a St.

Louis-based franchise was on January 3,against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadiumwhen they lost in overtime 19— During the Rams' tenure in St. By the time they moved back to Los Angeles, the Rams had gone 12 seasons without obtaining a winning record and 11 seasons without qualifying for the postseason. For 22 of their 28 years the St. Louis Cardinals called Busch Memorial Stadium home after it opened inafter spending their first six seasons in St. Louis at Sportsman's Park ; they shared both stadiums with the baseball team of the same name.

However, the overall mediocrity of the Cardinals, combined with stadium issues, [1] caused attendance to dwindle. Consequently, the Bidwill family, owners of the Cardinals, decided to move the team for a second time after having relocated the franchise from Chicago to St.

Louis in Louis was on December 13,which they won 27—24 over the New York Giants in front of 29, fans on a late Sunday afternoon.

Not long after the season, Bidwill agreed to move to the Phoenix area on a handshake deal with state and local officials, [4] and the You Came A Long Way From St. Louis became the Phoenix Cardinals. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the savings and loan crisis derailed financing for the stadium, forcing the Cardinals to play at Arizona State for 18 years.

The team changed its name to the Arizona Cardinals for the season. Frontiere fired her stepson, Steve Rosenbloom, and assumed total control of the franchise. The move was necessitated in part by the fact that the Los Angeles Coliseum was difficult to sell out because of its abnormally large seating capacity of , [5] which often subjected the team to the league's local-market TV blackout rule. Also, Southern California's population patterns were changing; there was rapid growth in L.

Meanwhile, the Los You Came A Long Way From St. Louis Lakers won championships in and they would win a total of five titles in that decade ; the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series in and ; and the Los Angeles Kingsbuoyed by the acquisition of Wayne Gretzky in Augustadvanced to the Stanley Cup finals.

The Rams would not have another winning season in Los Angeles before their relocation. The first half of the s featured four straight loss or worse seasons, no playoff appearances and waning fan interest. General manager John Shaw was perceived by some to continually squander NFL draft picks on sub-standard talent.

The offensive scheme was not only unspectacular to watch, but dull by s standards, further alienating fans. One bright spot for the offense during this time would be running back Jerome Bettisa bruising running back from Notre Dame.

Frontiere then sought to relocate the team to St. This move was initially voted down as well, with 21 opposed, 3 in favor the Rams, Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneersand 6 abstaining. As part of the relocation deal, the city of St. Frontiere waived the clause after a year threshold period passed, as the city implemented a later plan to improve the stadium.

The move left many in the Los Angeles areaand many of those indifferent to the whole situation, embittered toward the NFL. That logo belonged to Southern California. Louis approximately the 18th-largest was simply irresponsible and foolish, in spite of the notoriously fickle support of Los Angeles fans. With the Raiders moving from L. Louis to play in a new domed stadium slated to open in Then, despite being heavily favored along with Charlotte to win an expansion team, St.

Louis lost to a group from Jacksonville, Florida. So certain, in fact, did it appear that St. Louis would gain an expansion franchise, that the team had a name selected — the Stallions — and T-shirts with the team's logo were made very briefly available for sale at a number of St. Louis area sports shops. Just before moving to St.

Louis, the Rams fired Knox and hired Rich Brookslongtime successful football coach at the University of Oregonto replace him. The team played its first several games in St. Louis Cardinals from until as work finished on their new home, the Trans World Dome.

Brooks jettisoned Knox's run-oriented scheme in favor of a powerful air attack. Bettis all but disappeared from the offense, rushing for only yards. Despite this, the Rams started off well, getting off to a 5—1 start. Perhaps the most memorable aspect was that veteran offensive lineman and future Hall of Famer Jackie Slater played his 20th and final season with the team in its new St.

Louis location. Bettis would be traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for draft picks, a move now seen as one of the most lopsided trades in professional sports history, strongly favoring the Steelers.

However, Vermeil left the Eagles after an unsuccessful seasonclaiming burnout, and proceeded to spend much of the next decade and a half as a college football commentator for ABC Sports. He has struggled to strike batters out this season; however, in the last couple of weeks, Lester has You Came A Long Way From St. Louis found new life. Jose Barrero gets the start tonight and hopefully all weekend.

David Bell said Jesse Winker hit on the field today. If he recovers well tomorrow, he could begin a rehab assignment shortly afterward. He should hit a home run as a birthday gift to himself. I tweeted this on August 30th.

Obviously, the Reds have continued to slide a little over the last two weeks, but they are in a much better position this season as compared to a year ago. For those ready to declare the season over because the Reds have lost three in a row at the end of August, let me remind you of the season.

The You Came A Long Way From St. Louis were 4 games under. They won 12 of their last 16 games to make the playoffs. Hopefully in two weeks, we will be talking about a similar type of winning streak for our favorite baseball team. Suarez and Aquino have to hit this game and against Happ Sunday.

Reds get this one if they score 4 runs and the bullpen holds. Regardless Suarez should not be batting 5th. Barrero 0 for two, 2 runners left on base.

Hoping that the previous lester start was a fluke. Reds have destroyed happ, and nothing says that they wont do it on Sunday. Therefore we need to take today or tomorow. Barrero needs to take advantage and produce. Farmer will be back at SS Monday. To leave Farmer out of the lineup,unless he is too injured to play, would be a huge mistake. He is our best infielder, and a clutch hitter.

He is all star and gold glove calabre, in my openion. Lester is soft tossing mix speeds lefty. Aggression and early swings is what he wants. Where is the Reds hitting approach? Go deep in counts and be comfortable hitting with 2 strikes and take pitches and what he gives you.

This is like watching a QB force throws downfield into double coverage instead of taking the check down and getting 6 yards. If I am proven wrong I will be accepting recipes for oven-roasted crow at the end of this game! Hoping beyond hope for a win in this first of 3 games against the Dirty Birds! Again, not terribly concerned about the Padres but am worried about the Phillies and, of course, the Cards!

The Friars will take care of their own situation by virtue of who they play the most. We need to keep our chasers at bay and this is a good night to start that. All I ever see you post about is how they are choosing to not just throw strikes as if they were actually trying to fail.

Give it a rest Dennis. Really got the Trash talk shutdown going early. Suarez first time up: sacala. Rain is coming tonight, just as it did when Aquinonhad 2 singles in a game. When the only 2 names ahead of you on a pitching list are Bob Gibson, and Dwight Gooden -you are flat-out good.

Castillo and Miley have their merits. But Mahle is a Cy young candidate on the road. Never pitch efficient and wont be anytime soon. He could certainly pitch a few innings in SF or LA. Luis and Mahle have both been baffling this season, Luis was terrible his first 10 starts,but finally regained the dominance we watched for a few years.

Ridiculous — this guy drives me crazy the way he pitches. I just think he throws more than pitches. This happens almost every single game ….

Mahle has thrown 3 shut-out innings with 5 strikeouts. Team has a lead. Thank you Arthur. Some comments on here would lead people to believe Mahle must have already given up 5 runs tonight.

Wow maybe wait until more game information in and think longer before posting. He had a great outing and has had many this year. NEVER ……. Desheild Robbed on strike one, forced to swing on strike two. Not enough info yet Naquin can not hit lefties either. The answer is NOT Naquin vs lefties. Um, who has the two home runs tonight? But it beats Sadak who was already beginning to get on my nerves … again. It is sad to watch Lester carve up this line up so far, on second thought lately any pitcher with a pulse has been carving up this line up.

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