March 28, 1899
August Anheuser Busch was Born
In 1953, St. Louis baseball fans almost lost their beloved team to Milwaukee or Houston. The Cardinals would have moved to either of those cities if a man, better known for beer than for baseball, had not rescued the team. Born on March 28, 1899, August Anheuser Busch Jr. rode in and saved the day by purchasing the St. Louis Cardinals. Although he didn’t really ride in behind a team of horses on that day, he would later on.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, August Anheuser Busch Jr. was the Chairman of the Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. and may well have been a St. Louis Cardinals fan from childhood; the Cardinals began playing in the National League the same year he was born. After he became the owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, Busch liked to ride into the Busch Memorial stadium behind a team of his brewing company’s famous Clydesdale horses. Even if you weren’t a St. Louis Cardinals fan, it would have been hard not to cheer at the sight.