Did St. Louis ever have two baseball teams?


The city of St. Louis has a long history when it comes to baseball. It was home to the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Browns at different times in its history, and those two teams had some exciting moments together in the city’s sports scene. So did the city ever have two baseball teams at the same time? In this blog post, we will explore this question and shed light on an interesting part of St. Louis’s sporting history. Read on to learn more!

The history of baseball in St. Louis

Baseball in St. Louis dates back to the 1800s. The city's first professional team was the St. Louis Brown Stockings, which were founded in 1875. The Brown Stockings were a charter member of the National League, which was founded in 1876. The team played its home games at Sportsman's Park from 1882 until 1953.

The second professional baseball team in St. Louis was the St. Louis Cardinals, which were founded in 1892 as the American Association's entry into the city. The Cardinals played their home games at Sportsman's Park from 1902 until 1965, when they moved to Busch Memorial Stadium.

Both the Cardinals and the Brown Stockings (later known as the Cardinals) enjoyed success during their time in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 11 World Series titles while based in St. Louis, while the Browns/Cardinals won six pennants and one World Series title.

The history of baseball in St. Louis is a long and storied one. The city has been home to two professional baseball teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Browns, for over a century.

The Cardinals are one of the most successful franchises in baseball history, winning 11 World Series titles. They have played their home games at Busch Stadium since 1966.

The Browns were also a successful franchise, winning six pennants and one World Series title. However, they left St. Louis after the 1953 season and became the Baltimore Orioles. They played their home games at Sportsman's Park from 1902-1953.

The two baseball teams in St. Louis

In 1892, the St. Louis Browns (now the Cardinals) entered the National League, and in 1902, the St. Louis Americans (now the Cardinals) joined the American League. The two teams played each other in an exhibition game in March 1902 and again in September of that year. In 1904, the Brownstockings defeated the Americans in a World Series match-up, which resulted in both teams playing each other less frequently. Eventually, as baseball's popularity increased nationwide, both teams left St. Louis for bigger markets; The Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles, while the Americans became the New York Yankees.

Why did the teams leave?

The love for the game of baseball ran deep in St. Louis from the late 1800s all the way through the 1950s. The city was home to two professional teams, the St. Louis Browns and the St. Louis Cardinals. But why did these teams eventually leave St. Louis?

For the Browns, it was a combination of poor management and dwindling fan interest. The team was plagued by financial problems and was finally bought by Bill DeWitt in 1952 with the intention of moving them to Baltimore. The Cardinals, on the other hand, left for greener pastures (and a new stadium) in 1966 when they were purchased by Anheuser-Busch.

So while baseball may have been king in St. Louis at one time, it wasn't meant to last forever. Poor management and financial instability led to the eventual departure of both teams.

What happened to the stadium?

The St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Browns both called Sportsman's Park home until the Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954. After the move, the stadium was renamed Busch Stadium and became the permanent home of the Cardinals. The old stadium was demolished in 1966.

Are there any other professional sports teams in St. Louis?

No, there have never been two professional baseball teams in St. Louis. However, the city does have two professional sports teams: the St. Louis Blues (NHL) and the St. Louis Rams (NFL).

The history of professional sports in St. Louis is a long and storied one. The city has been home to many different teams in many different leagues over the years. Currently, the only major professional sports team in St. Louis is the NHL's Blues, but there have been other teams in the past.

The most notable other professional team in St. Louis was probably the NFL's Rams, who called the city home from 1995 until 2015 when they relocated to Los Angeles. Prior to that, the Cardinals were the dominant football team in town. The Cardinals actually predate the Rams by quite a bit, having been founded in 1898 as an amateur team before turning professional in 1900. They were a charter member of the NFL when it was founded in 1920 and played in St. Louis until 1987 when they moved to Phoenix (now known as Arizona).

There have also been several basketball teams in St. Louis over the years, most notably the Hawks (now Atlanta) and Spirits (now Sacramento). The Hawks were based in St. Louis from 1955 until 1968 when they moved to Atlanta while the Spirits spent just two seasons in town (1974-76) before relocating to Sacramento. There has not been an NBA team in St. Louis since 1976 but there has been talk of potentially bringing a franchise back to town at some point down the road.

In addition to all of these teams, St. Louis has also been home to several minor league franchises over the years including baseball

No, the St. Louis Cardinals are the only professional sports team in St. Louis. The city has a rich baseball history, but no other professional sports teams have called St. Louis home.


In conclusion, St. Louis did indeed once have two baseball teams: the St. Louis Browns and the St. Louis Cardinals. During their time in the city, both teams had a rich history of success, but eventually they decided to move on from their respective homes in search of greener pastures elsewhere. This left St. Louis without any major league baseball teams for many years until 1993 when the expansion Cardinals arrived in town and restored professional baseball to its rightful place in this great city's culture and identity once more!

Johnathan Woods

Johnathan Woods

I'm Johnathan Woods and I'm passionate about sports. I specialize in baseball and thoroughly enjoy watching, playing, and writing about the sport. Based in Melbourne, Australia, I spend most of my free time exploring new places with my wife Cassandra and our son Lachlan. We love to get outdoors for some hiking and I also indulging in my other hobbies which include photography and gardening, but nothing gets me as excited as when I can discuss, analyze, and write about baseball. We also have a golden retriever named Buster who isn't too involved in sports but definitely adds more joy to our lives. With an expertise in sports, especially baseball, I'm continuing to work towards becoming a professional in the field I love the most.