By 1964 the storied St. Louis Cardinals had gone seventeen years
without so much as a pennant. Things began to turn around in 1953,
when August A. Busch Jr. bought the team and famously asked where
all the black players were. Under the leadership of men like Bing
Devine and Johnny Keane, the Cardinals began signing talented
players regardless of color, and slowly their star started to rise
again.Drama and Pride in the Gateway City commemorates the team
that Bing Devine built, the 1964 team that prevailed in one of the
tightest three-way pennant races of all time and then went on to
win the World Series, beating the New York Yankees in the full
seven games. All the men come alive in these pages—pitchers Ray
Sadecki and Bob Gibson, players Lou Brock, Curt Flood, and Bobby
Shantz, manager Johnny Keane, his coaches, the Cardinals'
broadcasters, and Bill White, who would one day run the entire
National League—along with the dramatic events that made the 1964
Cardinals such a memorable club in a memorable year.