In retrospect, it’s almost inconceivable. Unless you’re a serious Cards fan, you probably wouldn’t believe it.
That is if we didn’t have video proof!
The year was 1989. It was September and the Cards were still in the thick of a 3-team division race with the Mets and Cubs.
(The Cubs would eventually win the division and promptly lay a giant egg in the National League Championship Series versus the Giants.)
While it’s true that it was a makeup game, and the game time wasn’t determined until just before midnight the previous day, it still boggles the mind that only 1519 people showed up for a Cardinals HOME GAME game against the Pirates.
A game during a pennant race at that! Despite a 4 game losing streak, this was still a Whitey Herzog managed team that was only 5 1/2 games out of first place.
1519 people showed.
This was in a stadium that seated nearly 50,000!
The funniest part of this video, (a Chicago area TV News report) comes at :49.
There were so few people at the game, that huge sections of Busch Stadium were cordoned off.
That didn’t stop everyone when a foul ball fell into one of these sections.
And they’re off!!