March 13, 1960: Cardinals football arrives in St. Louis

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KSDK -- The franchise now known as the Arizona Cardinals once called St. Louis its home.

The Cardinals arrived in St. Louis in 1960, the owners deeply in debt and the team performing poorly.

When the team moved to the city from Chicago, the team was nicknamed the "Big Red," allowing St. Louisans to distinguish between their beloved baseball and football teams.

In their first season in St. Louis, the St. Louis Cardinals had a 6-5-1 record and ticket sales were lower than predicted.

In this video shot at city hall, team managing directors Walter Wolfner and Sam Etcheverry receive keys to the city as they pass a football to the mayor. This took place just after NFL owners voted to relocate the team to St. Louis.


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