Jamie McMurray #1 Clover Chevy Camaro-It has a good color scheme, and while I norally like fades, this looks awful. The circuit board motif doesn’t exactly help either. Toning down the various aspects could be better, but this scheme gets the C- it deserves.
Ross Chastain #15 Championship Machinery Chevy Camaro-Another example of a new scheme rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. They replaced the bad parts of the old scheme with different bad parts of a new design. It does have a good color scheme, but that doesn’t really help. C-
As I discussed last week, I went to St. Louis for a few days, and I spent time at the Budweiser Brewery Experience on one of my days. The second attraction I attended was the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Musceum.
While its existence dates back to the original Busch Stadium days, the current St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 2014, in St. Louis Ballpark Village. It houses 15,000 artifacts, of which only a handful are on display at any given moment. These artifacts give a look into the history and players of the St. Louis Cardinals.
When you walk in, the first thing you see is the Hall of Fame plaques. All 37 members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame have plaques here.The next thing you see is a display with the three 2017 inductees, Pepper Martin, Tim McCarver, and Mark McGwire. Near the elevator, there is a sign showing where Busch stadium was located, and where you are in the stadium, specifically, behind second base.Upon entering the museum, you see a list of the various professional baseball teams in St. Louis, and where in the city they were located, a Sportsman Park banner, and straw hats suspended from the ceiling.The museum starts with the founding of the team in 1882, and there is a display with a number of items, including uniform items.The history moves to 1926, where the Cardinals won their first World Series, and wore special WORLD CHAMPIONS jerseys in 1927.The Cardinals would go on to win 5 pennants in 8 years, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, and 1934. The y would win the World Series in 1931 and 1934. This display features some of the artifacts from this era.The Cardinals won the 1942, 1944, and 1946 World Series, and this display represents those wins.The late 1940’s saw Harry Carry used as the Cardinals radio announcer, and while the team had some success, they weren’t able to score another World Series Championship until 1964. This display houses some of the artifacts from this era.There is a large model of Sportsman’s Park near this display, which housed the Cardinals from 1920 until 1966.The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals were known as the Gas House Gang because of their rough tactics. This display pays homage to them.The next display is devoted to the greatest player the St. Louis Cardinals ever had, Stan “The Man” Musial. This display features uniforms and trophies earned by Musial, including one of his Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Awards. His last major award was the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded in 2011 by Barack Obama.The Cardinals are credited with creating the “Knothole Gang” which was designed to give tickets to underprivileged children in 1917. Though the idea dates back to the 1880’s. The team sold stock, and for every $50 in stock($1,064.06 in today’s money) a seat was set aside for a child. This would lead to a group of devoted fans, as this display shows.St. Louis has hosted a number of All-Star Games, and this display shows a series of artifacts from these games.In 1944, the Cardinals played what came to be known as the “Trolley Series”, “Streetcar Series”, or the “St. Louis Showdown.” It was a World Series against the St. Louis Browns. The Cardinals would win the series 4 games to 2, in what was the last World Series featuring two teams from the same city that isn’t New York. This display features a series of artifacts, both Cardinals and Browns from that Series.The next area is the World Series section, which houses various items from the Cardinals World Series Championships. These include a championship ring, tickets, and uniforms. The first one is devoted to the 1926 World Series.The next display is for the 1931 World Series, and the prominent feature is a 1932 Cardinals World Series sweater.The 1934 World Series display features a Leo Durocher jersey, and some awards won by players.The next display features the 1942 World Series, and has a uniform, some programs, tickets, and some other memorabilia.The 1944 World Series is represented by a jersey, pennants, tickets, programs, and a pocket watch.The 1946 Cardinals are represented here by a jersey, some other game used memorabilia, and a team signed baseball.18 years after winning the 1946 World Series, the 1964 Cardinals won the World Series, and has their own display, featuring a jersey, cap, cleats, some awards and programs.In 1967, the Cardinals won the Series, and the trophy is displayed in the team’s World Series display, along with a jersey, and some other game-worn memorabilia.In 1982, the Cardinals won the World Series wearing their powder blue pullovers. They are represented here with a jersey, World Series Trophy, a pair of cleats, and some other memorabilia.The 2006 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals are represented by a jersey, the Commissioner’s Trophy, program, scorecard, and champagne bottle.The 2011 World Series, the Cardinal’s most recent to date, is represented by half of David Freese’s jersey, which was torn in half after game 6. Also present is the Co missioner’s trophy, a game-used bat, a score card, and other memorabilia.Not all Cardinal teams that won the pennant won the World Series, and this display is devoted to Cardinal teams that won the pennant, but not the Series. It’s a group of Memorabilia including tickets, baseballs, and a cap, among other things.The next display covers the decade from 1950 to 1960, which wasn’t a great decade. There are three jerseys, and an early batting helmet, as well as a trophy, and other game-used items.The Negro League was represented by the St. Louis Stars, and they are represented by this display, including a 1998 Stars throwback, a 1928 game-used baseball, and a suitcase.St. Louis also had the St. Louis Browns, which moved to St. Louis in 1902, after operating as the Milwaukee Brewers from the late 1800’s to 1901. The Browns played in St. Louis until 1953, when the moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles. This display is devoted to the Browns, including Eddie Gaedel, a little person who played as a pinch hitter for one game under owner Bill Veeck.The next section is devoted to International baseball, primarily Japan, and the first thing you see is a World Baseball Classic Championship trophy.The first display focuses on pre-war Japanese trips by MLB players. Included is a John McGraw jersey, a Moe Berg jacket(Ironic, given that Berg was an Allied spy against the Axis during the war.), a Babe Ruth game-used bat, diaries, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia, including an Ozzie Smith game-used jersey.The next display is focused on Stan Musial’s trip to Japan in 1958. There are a lot of artifacts, including baseball programs and photos, and a number of Japanese souvenirs. A kimono worn by Lillian Musial is hung across from this display.In 1968, the Cardinals took a second baseball trip to Japan. This display features several items from that trip. Including a jacket, an umbrella, autographs, and other various items. The itineraries for the trip are located next to this display.The next part of the international pavilion is devoted to the World Baseball Classic, and features game-used baseballs, game used caps, a gold medal, a game-used base, a game used catcher’s mask, and some other memorabilia.The final display in the international pavilion is devoted to Asian players for the Cardinals, and has some jerseys, both domestic and international, game used bats and balls, and other various international objects.The next section is devoted to the first Busch Stadium era. It is bathed in blue light, and has a large vintage model of Busch Stadium, made prior to the stadium’s construction, when it was know as ” Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium” though the Civic Center part was rarely, if at all used.The first display features Cardinals items from 1966 to 1976, the first Busch Stadium decade. There are a number of uniforms, awards, hats, a bat, and a helmet and cleats, among other things. The next display is devoted to the period from 1978 to 1983, and features a number of uniforms, several awards, and other game-used memorabilia.The next display is from the Whitey Herzog era, from 1982 to 1987, and it features a number of items including jerseys, trophies, game used memorabilia, and other items.The 1998 home run record chase has its own display. In it is the home plate from Mark McGwire’s 70th home run, several jerseys, game used bats.Next to it is an early 1990’s display, which features a few uniforms, and a baseball.The next section houses an area where you can handle World Series rings and game-used bats. I had the chance to hold two World Series rings, and a Stan Musial bat, which he had broken, and repaired.The last feature of the first Busch Stadium era is devoted to the 2000’s, and includes a base, jerseys, and some other game-used memorabilia.As you exit the Busch Stadium section, there is a section of game-used bats in a display case.Next to the game-used bats is a display which features the inspiration for the Cardinals logo, which was a set of table decorations at a church function in 1921. Branch Rickey was in attendance, and he was so enamored with the designs, he asked Allie May Schmidt to make him some cardboard Cardinals, which became the design still used to this day. These are the original cardboard Cardinals, one of which is inscribed.The biggest display in the museum is a comprehensive history of the Cardinals uniforms and logos, starting at the beginning, and ending with today’s set.The next section is the Manager’s Corner, which features displays from several Cardinal managers, starting with Rogers Hornsby, and includes Billy Southwith, Eddie Stankey, Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzon, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Mike MAtheny. These displays include uniform items, and other memorabilia.The final section is devoted to the current era, and the current stadium. It starts off with a series of items from non-baseball events at Busch Stadium II, including a soccer jersey, a soccer ball, music tour posters and passes, and a game-used football.The next display starts off the current era, with a display of uniforms, awards, and game-used memorabilia from modern era players.There is a scale model of Busch Stadium II, and behind that, there is a display featuring memorabilia from players currently playing for the Cardinals, which include jerseys, bats, caps, and other memorabilia.The final section is devoted to giveaways, which are separated into baseball cards, bobble heads, and baseballs.I did a video about the museum, and it can be viewed below:
Next week we get back to auto racing, with a couple of mechanic suits.
The 1969 Porsche 917L is an amazingly beautiful automobile, yet Porsche System Engineering was trying to go for a signature look, which failed. I’m trying to understand the logic of having a white car with a dull yellow front and tail. I will say that the door numbers look better on the car, instead of on a circle. I like the shade of yellow, but if the whole car were painted with this shade of yellow it would get a grade higher than a B+.
Just a short one this week. So the first Formula 1 race of the season was last weekend. The big news was that the United States Formula 1 television contract had shifted from NBC to ABC/ESPN. This came as kind of a surprise, since ESPN had pretty much alienated many racing fans over the last few years. So on Sunday Morning at 12 AM I tuned in to ESPN2 for the first race.
ESPN’s Formula 1 “strategy” and I’m being generous with that term, is to simply simulcast Sky Sports’ Formula 1 telecast. They are putting no time, money, or effort in to the telecasts. Factor in that after this season, IndyCar will be leaving ESPN for BC, and you have a really bad situation for ESPN.
I liked Sky Sports’ coverage of Formula 1, don’t misunderstand me. That being said, ESPN had a chance to impress racing fans, and they whiffed on it so badly. It should also be noted that not all of the problems in this disaster of a racing telecast were ESPN’s fault. However, considering that key moments of the race were missed due to a poorly placed commercial break, and ESPN has since apologized for this fiasco, it’s just another example of the total lack of respect for racing fans that ESPN has. I hope the next telecast is better, but I won’t bet the farm on it.
Last week, I took a trip to St. Louis. I had been wanting to do something for a while. I had been planning this for some time, and it happened, and I had a great time. It was only a four day trip. Days 1 and 4 were spent on the Amtrak Lincoln Service.
The second day was spend at the Budweiser Brewery Experience. I made a video of my experience, here is the transcript, and the video as a whole is posted below:
Introduced in 1876 by Carl Conrad & Co. of St. Louis, Missouri, Budweiser went from a local brewery to a national brewery through a combination of innovations of advertising, and distribution. Under the supervision of Eberhard Anheuser and his son in law Adolphus Busch created Budweiser, which was perfect for the hot summers of St. Louis. Using pasteurization, and refrigerated rail cars, this new brand spread like wildfire, into the international brand we all know today. While Budweiser is brewed all over the world, it will always call St. Louis home.
The Budweiser brewery in St Louis is embracing their history, and status, with a biergarden, museum, and factory tour. Factory tours are disappearing, for the most part. Brewery tours have proven profitable. My day at the brewery started at the biergarden, which is marked with a 20 foot tall B from the old BUDWEISER sign located on the canning plant.
The biergarden is located next to the main lobby. During the winter months, it is encapsulated in a tent, and is well heated. The day I was there, I had some Budweiser-battered chicken strips, and some of the various kinds of beer, including a chocolate stout created by the fire department in the “Research Pilot Brewery” or “RPB.” which is the R&D for the brewery.
Since the brewery is actively making beer, clouds of exhaust periodically drift over the tent, and provide a nice effect.
Next to the biergarden is the lobby, where you check in for your tour. There is a gift shop in the lobby. Off to one side is a display featuring the basics of brewing, their current lineup, and some memorabilia from the history of the company, as well as some paintings, including a Leroy Neiman original Clydesdale painting.
One of the things that the Budweiser Brewery Experience offers is Beer School. Beer School is a 45 minute class on the basics of brewing, the composition and profiles of different beers, and beer/food pairings. It comes with samples, a free flight glass, and a token for a free beer from the biergarden. It takes place in the beer museum…but more on that later.
The best tour to take is the Brewmaster Tour. It costs $35, and covers most of the areas of production in the brewery. It starts in a small area behind the lobby, and starts off at the Beechwood Aging Cellar, where the unfiltered beer is filtered through beechwood for 21 days. We got a sample of the unfiltered beer, which is on par with a small batch micro brew.
The next stop is the beer museum, which is housed in the former corporate office, which itself is a former schoolhouse. Adolphus Busch II turned his third grade classroom into his office. There are paintings, busts, and various drawings, and tiles, and a punch card machine in the main hall.
The Budweiser Museum covers the history of Budweiser from the 1800’s to today. The artifacts housed cover everything from the brewing process, advertising, packaging, and historical documentation of Budweiser. The first section covers the period from the birth of Budweiser to prohibition.
From 1920 to 1933, the United States suffered through Prohibition. Alcohol for consumption was prohibited, and many breweries had to shut down. Anheiser-Busch however changed their business model, and marketed different products, including soda, and diesel engines, among other things. In 1933, prohibition was repealed. Franklin D. Roosevelt gave Budweiser a 30 day exemption, so on the night prohibition was repealed, a massive party took place, where thousands of bottles of beer were consumed. The prohibition section of the museum houses a lot of these artifacts, including Bevo Soda advertising.
The museum shifts to post-Prohibition, where advertising, packaging, stock, and promotional materials are displayed. One of my favorite things on display is the 2 foot tall ® that was part of the 150 BUDWEISER sign located on the canning plant.
The last part of the museum is the beermaster section, where the beer masters are paid tribute. Beermasters make sure that every single Budweiser is the same as every other Budweiser, through a combination of aroma and scent.
As you walk from one building to another, you see some of the classic architecture of the various buildings, some of which have been there since the 1800’s. Red Brick is heavily used, and most of the buildings incorporate it. The Brew House, build in 1891 is the next stop.
The brew house is where the beer is actually brewed. It was built in 1891. Adolphus Busch was a guy who wanted his factories to be beautiful, so there was a lot of effort put into art and architecture. This can be seen in the various sections of the brew house, which has nice architecture and nice art.
The next stop is the canning plant, which started as a canning plant for Bevo the Beverage, which was created during prohibition. It was a near beer. The building was built in the early 1900’s, and the first floor is reminiscent of this design. Going up to the 7th floor, the bottling line can be seen, but when we were there it wasn’t active. Moving down to the 5th floor, we entered the canning plant, which was canning Natural Ice, and is so loud you can’t hear yourself think. A display in the visitor area shows the evolution of how the top of a can is made.
The next stop is the Clydesdale stable, which houses one set of 8 Clydesdales. Budweiser owns over 170 Clydesdales making them one of the biggest purebred collections in the world. The stable dates back to the mid 1800’s. The team was introduced in 1933, after Prohibition was repealed. The team went on a tour of the United States, and became a part of advertising, and pop culture. The dalmatians, which were introduced in the 1950’s, also reside here. They were shy while we were there. The chandelier in the middle of the stable dates to the 1904 World’s Fair, and weighs over 600 pounds.
The last stop on the Budweiser Brewery Tour is the finishing cellar, where we got to take a sample from the finishing tank. The Budweiser i tried had been through the whole process, and had been finished for just under 90 minutes. Afterwards, we went back to the lobby, and finished up the trip. As gifts, we got to keep the glass from the finishing tank, and the Bud Light hat. I also purchased a few things at the gift shop, including the custom labels as seen above.
Here is the video:
The next day, I went to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, which I will discuss next week.
The 1969 Porsche 917L is an amazingly beautiful automobile. The shade of white works very well here. The way the blue was used doesn’t work at all. I like the shade of blue, but it would work a whole lot better if the whole car was colored with the shade of blue, instead of using it only on the front end and tail. I do like the vintage logos, but I also think that door numbers should have been sized to fit the door, rather than a standard size, that looks odd on the sides. I’ll give it a B+, considering the sum of all parts.