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When Football Was Football - Sports History Network EPISODE 21, 1st March 2021
The Chicago Cardinals Move To St. Louis!!!
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The Chicago Cardinals Move To St. Louis!!!

When Football Is Football is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sports' Yesteryear.

EPISODE SUMMARY

Sixty-one years ago this month the Chicago Cardinals, the NFL’s oldest franchise, suddenly pulled up its roots and left for St. Louis. Certainly, there had been rumors in the past that the team would leave the city at some time in the future. In fact, these rumors had swirled for decades, with possible destinations being Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, or even San Francisco. But fans of the team, located on the south side of the windy city, were always comforted by the reassuring words of its owners that such desertion would never, ever happen.

 That is why on March 9, 1960, Cardinals' fans were stunned by the rumors that the team would soon be departing for a new home in St. Louis. After being around the south side of Chicago since 1899, the team had established a solid presence in the National Football League. Despite a woeful 2-10 mark in 1959 which included a move of its home games to Soldier Field as well as a hosting a pair of "home" games in Minneapolis, supporters of the club were not overly concerned that a departure from the city would be imminent.

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