Cardinals Release 2012 Promotional Schedule

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The St. Louis Cardinals will be holding 34 giveaways this season.  The highlights of the schedule include a replica wearable Championship ring presented by Edward Jones (April 14th) and Replica Championship Pennant (April 15th).

Friday night home games are still Busch Bash Fridays.   There will be music, fun and prizes in the Ford Plaza starting two hours prior to the game.

Sundays are North Star Ice Cream Sundays where fans can enjoy fun, games and North Star frozen treats in the Ford Plaza starting two hours prior to the game.

Full Schedule


  • Friday, April 27 vs Milwaukee, 7:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 21 and older
  • Wear your Cardinals pride all season long with a Cardinals t-shirt courtesy of Lumiere Casino.


  • Saturday, April 28 vs Milwaukee, 12:05
  • 25,000 Fans entering with a ticket
  • Look like the pros in an official New Era Cardinals 2011 Championship Clubhouse cap.


  • Sunday, April 29 vs Milwaukee, 1:15
  • All fans entering with a ticket
  • On this special day, is giving all fans the opportunity to take home a replica of the 2011 World Series trophy. This version stands 6.5” tall and is an item you will not want to miss.


  • Friday, May 11 vs Atlanta, 7:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
  • A tribute to the Cardinals all-time winningest manager. Ameren Missouri is proud to present 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, with a 7” figurine of #10, Tony La Russa.


  • Saturday, May 12 vs Atlanta, 6:15
  • All fans entering with a ticket
  • All fans who attend the game on Saturday, May 12 will take home a collector St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Champions lapel pin compliments of AT&T.


  • Sunday, May 13 vs Atlanta, 1:15
  • All fans entering with a ticket
  • A ticket to this game guarantees you will receive a collectible bobblehead featuring the Cardinals NLCS and WS MVP, David Freese, sponsored by Scotts.


  • Thursday, May 24 vs Philadelphia, 7:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
  • MLB Network wants you to gear up for the season with a drawstring bag to bring to and from each Cardinals game while always keeing up with your baseball news on MLB Network.


  • Friday, May 25 vs Philadelphia, 7:15
  • Fans, ages 21 and older
  • Budweiser is bringing fans, ages 21 and older, the second stein in the Championship series, highlighting the Cardinals 2011 World Series win over the Texas Rangers.


  • Saturday, May 26 vs Philadelphia, 6:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
  • Show off your Cardinals spirit in style with this trendy baseball cap, courtesy of U.S. Cellular, the Official Wireless Provider of the Cardinals.


  • Sunday, May 27 vs Philadelphia, 1:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
  • This collectible for 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a poster courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch featuring the front page newspaper covers of the Cardinals’ 2011 World Championship run.


  • Friday, June 8, Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 vs Cleveland
  • Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
  • A weekend full of fun for kids and families. Friday, Saturday and Sunday all kids will receive a free ticket to a future home game compliments of Ritz.


  • Friday, June 8 vs Cleveland, 7:15
  • Peabody Energy is proud to present Fireworks Night at Busch Stadium. Bring the entire family to watch the Cards take on the Indians in interleague play. Stay in your seat after the game to watch a dazzling fireworks display with the St. Louis Arch as the backdrop.


  • Saturday, June 9 vs Cleveland, 6:15
  • Kids, 48” and under
  • What a great way to start summer! Kids, 48” inches and under, receive a free ticket to Six Flags valid any weekday (Monday-Friday) through July 6, 2012.


  • Saturday, June 9 vs Cleveland, 6:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
  • The Family Attractions card offers thousands in savings at local area attractions, restaurants and lodging. Perfect for families looking for lots of summer fun and activities.


  • Sunday, June 10 vs Cleveland, 1:15
  • Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
  • The perfect way to kick off your summer! Make sure to collect this lunch cooler bag to take to summer camp for kids, ages 15 and younger, compliments of PowerAde and Shop n Save.


  • Friday, June 15 vs Kansas City, 7:15
  • Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
  • Kids will receive a coupon valid for a cave tour and boat ride at Meramec Caverns.


  • Saturday, June 16 vs Kansas City, 1:15
  • Fans, only with a special ticket, will be allowed to bring their dog to a designated section of the ballpark. Stay tuned for information regarding a pre-game full of activities to get your tail wagging.


  •  Saturday, June 16 vs Kansas City, 1:15
  •  25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
  • Don’t forget your furry friends! 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Cardinals water or food bowl for your pet… or Fredbird!


  • Saturday, June 16 vs Kansas City, 1:15
  • All fans can purchase scratch-off tickets for a chance to win a game-used Cardinals jersey from today's game. Proceeds benefit Cardinals Care.


  • Sunday, June 17 vs Kansas City, 1:15
  • Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
  • Kids, ages 15 and under, will receive a collectible Coca Cola and Pasta House Cardinals pennant highlighting the Cardinals new Manager, Mike Matheny.


  • Friday, June 29 vs Pittsburgh, 7:15
  • 25,000 Fans, 16 and older
  • AT&T and the Cardinals are giving 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, a replica of Carlos Beltran’s Cardinals home white, full button-down jersey. Make sure you have tickets to this game against the Pirates!


  • Saturday, June 30 vs Pittsburgh, 1:15
  • Stick around after the Cards /Pirates game for a great post-game program featuring appearances by Cardinals players and featured speaker, Cardinals Manager, Mike Matheny.


  • Sunday, July 1 vs Pittsburgh, 1:15
  • Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
  • Hit like the pros with a 28” Rawlings bat.


  • Sunday, July 8 vs Miami, 1:15
  • Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
  • Kids will be ready to come back to Cardinals games all season long in their new t-shirt compliments of Ice Mountain.


  • Friday, July 20 vs Chicago, 7:15
  • 25,000 Fans entering with a ticket
  • This set features a picture frame, player cutout and Cardinals logos to stick and restick anywhere in��your home or office.


  • Friday, August 3, Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 vs Milwaukee
  • Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1982 World Champion team with exciting and commemorative items all weekend long.


  • Friday, August 3 vs Milwaukee, 6:15
  • 25,000 Fans entering with a ticket
  • Don’t lose out on the opportunity to add Hall of Famer and Cardinals legend, Bruce Sutter, to your bobblehead collection.


  • Saturday, August 4 vs Milwaukee, 6:15
  • 25,000 Fans, 16 and older
  • 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive this one of a kind replica ticket from Game 7 of the 1982 World Series sponsored by


  • Sunday, August 5 vs Milwaukee, 1:15
  • 12,000 kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
  • The Build-A-Bear Workshop works overtime to make sure that 12,000 of our young Cardinals fans take home their very own 1982 World Champion ardinals Build-A-Bear on this Sunday against the Brewers.


  • Tuesday, August 7 vs San Francisco, 7:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
  • Fly to see your World Champion Cardinals when they’re on the road with a fleece travel blanket brought to you by Delta Air Line.


  • Friday, August 17 vs Pittsburgh, 1:15
  • 25,000 Fans entering with a ticket
  • Coke Zero and Walmart are proud to sponsor the official 2012 Team Banner. Display your Cardinals team spirit all season with 2’ x 6’ hanging banner featuring all of your favorite Cardinals players.


  • Saturday, August 18 vs Pittsburgh, 6:15
  • Fans will be allowed on the field to get up-close and personal photos of their favorite players, coaches and Fredbird. Field access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Weather permitting.


  • Monday, September 3 vs New York, 1:15
  • All fans can purchase scratch-off tickets for a chance to win a game-used Cardinals jersey from today's game. Proceeds benefit Cardinals Care and MDA.


  • Saturday, September 8 vs Milwaukee, 6:15
  • Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
  • Kids, ages 15 and younger, will receive a collectible Cardinals pennant, compliments of Coca Cola and Pasta House.


  • Sunday, September 9 vs Milwaukee, 1:15
  • Kids, 48” and under
  • As summer is winding down, kids, 48” inches and under, have one last chance to receive a free ticket to Six Flags valid any regularly scheduled Sunday (including Fright Fest) thru October 28, 2012.


  • Friday, September 7 vs Milwaukee, 7:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 21 and older
  • A collectible set of two Cardinals beverage cups.


  • Saturday, September 29 vs Washington, 6:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
  • Shane Company wants to help you display your favorite Cardinals memories with a fancy table top picture frame.


  • Sunday, September 30 vs Washington, 1:15
  • 25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
  • In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Fuze, Schnucks and the Cardinals are giving 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, a knit headband.


  • Wednesday, October 3 vs Cincinnati, 7:15
  • All Fans
  • All fans will receive a free ticket to a 2013 Cardinals regular season game.


  • All Fridays, starting two hours prior to every home game, enjoy music, fun, prizes and past and present Cardinals players in the Ford Plaza, sponsored by Busch Beer.


  • All Sundays, starting two hours prior to every home game, enjoy games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last) in the Ford Plaza.

Prairie Farms RUN THE BASES

On the following days, kids 15 and under will be allowed to run the bases after the Cardinals game (weather permitting):

  •  Sunday, April 29 vs Milwaukee, 1:15
  •  Sunday, May 13 vs Atlanta, 1:15
  •  Sunday, June 10 vs Cleveland Indians, 1:15
  •  Sunday, July 8 vs Miami, 1:15
  •  Sunday, August 5 vs Milwaukee, 1:15
  •  Sunday, September 9 vs Milwaukee, 1:15


Fans, ages 20 and under, can get current player autographs before the game from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Then from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. all fans can get autographs from former players, on the following dates:

  •  Wednesday, May 23 vs San Diego, 7:15
  •  Wednesday, June 13 vs Chicago White Sox, 7:15
  •  Wednesday, July 25 vs Los Angeles, 7:15
  •  Wednesday, August 22 vs Houston, 7:15
  •  Wednesday, September 19 vs Houston, 7:15


All fans will be able to get a haircut, with all proceeds going to Cardinals Care, on the following dates:

  •  Thursday, April 19 vs Cincinnati, 12:45
  • Thursday, May 3 vs Pittsburgh, 12:45
  •  Tuesday, May 15 vs Chicago, 12:45
  •  Thursday, July 26 vs Los Angeles, 12:45
  •  Thursday, August 23 vs Houston, 12:45
  •  Wednesday, September 5 vs New York, 12:45
  •  Thursday, September 20 vs Houston, 12:45

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About the St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of Major League Baseball’s iconic franchises. The team with the “Birds on the Bat” have won more World Series titles than any other National League club, and are second only to the New York Yankees overall.

St. Louis has been home to a National League franchise since 1892, but the franchise wasn’t known as the Cardinals until 1900.

Behind future Hall of Fame second baseman Rogers Hornsby, the Cardinals won their first World Series in 1926 over the Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig Yankees. The ‘Gashouse Gang’ era Cardinals dominated the 1930s thanks to Dizzy Dean, Johnny Mize and Joe Medwick and won the 1934 World Series.

Did you know that Branch Rickey, who would later rise to fame for bringing Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues and breaking baseball’s color barrier, invented the minor league farm system we know today with the St. Louis Cardinals? It was Rickey who built a system of affiliate teams to grow talent that would later shine in St. Louis. In the 1930s and 1940s, that system produced the likes of future Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst and Enos Slaughter, all of whom won World Series championships for the Cardinals.

The Musial-era Cardinals would later give way to a new generation, and it was Bob Gibson and Lou Brock who helped bring the World Series back to St. Louis in the 1960s. Gibson had one of the most dominant seasons in baseball history in 1968. He was so good baseball lowered the mound the following year.

The 1970s saw the end of the Gibson and Brock years, the trade of Steve Carlton to Philadelphia and the arrival of Keith Hernandez. Hernandez would share the 1979 NL MVP award with Pittsburgh’s Willie Stargell.

For the Cardinals, the 1980s could be summed up in a single word: Whiteyball. Behind Manager Whitey Herzog, baseball in St. Louis became synonymous with speed, stolen bases and defense. Shortstop Ozzie Smith was acquired from San Diego, and with Hernandez, second baseman Tommy Herr, a rookie outfielder named Willie McGee and closer Bruce Sutter, the Cardinals won the 1982 World Series over the Milwaukee Brewers. After Hernandez would dealt to the New York Mets, that core of players, along with slugger Jack Clark, would get the Cardinals to two more World Series trips that decade.

The 1980s saw the end of the Gussie Busch ownership era for the Cardinals. When he died in 1989, the Anheuser-Busch brewery took over after nearly 40 years under his watch.

In 1996 the brewery sold the club to the ownership group still led today by Bill DeWitt, Jr. The DeWitt family brought in former Oakland A’s manager Tony LaRussa, who would go on to be the winningest manager in team history. With another former Oakland hand running the front office in Walt Jocketty, the team acquired Mark McGwire from the A’s in 1997. The slugging first baseman would break Roger Maris’ single-season record for Home Runs in 1998 in a chase with Sammy Sosa that captivated the nation, only later to be tainted by the use of performance-enhancing drugs that McGwire admitted to years later.

In 2001, a young rookie named Albert Pujols burst on the St. Louis scene. Playing all over the field, he was the runaway winner of the National League MVP, setting the stage for the most dominant decade of offensive performance ever seen in a player’s first ten years in Major League Baseball. Catcher Yadier Molina came on board in 2004 as the Cardinals made their first World Series appearance since 1987. Two years later, a rookie pitcher named Adam Wainwright would fill in as the closer on a club that won its first World Series since 1982.

The Cardinals’ third World Series appearance in eight seasons may have been the most improbable when it came in 2011. A team that was left for dead at the start of September managed to roar into the playoffs on the last day of the regular season behind the pitching heroics of Chris Carpenter down the stretch. Once in the playoffs, the legend of David Freese was born. Freese, a St. Louis County native, won the National League Championship Series MVP by slugging three home runs against Milwaukee. Then in the World Series against Texas, down to the team’s last strike in what would have been a Rangers clincher, a Freese triple tied the game. A Freese home run in extra innings forced a Game 7, which the Cardinals won, bringing an 11th World Series crown home.

Albert Pujols left via free agency in the offseason and LaRussa retired, but the Cardinals kept moving forward, reaching the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox with former catcher Mike Matheny now managing the club. In some respects, the Cardinals are still recovering from what happened October 26, 2014, when outfielder Oscar Taveras, considered a potentially generational talent who could have become the face of the franchise, died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.

The Matheny era would last 6.5 seasons, until he was replaced by current manager Mike Shildt in 2018.


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