January 16, 2009 | 1:15pm
And it was the last year the Cardinals won a championship game.
As Cardinals fever blows out thermometers this week, news outlets are dredging up the octogenarians who made the team famous in the old days.
Back then, of course, the team was based in St. Louis
; it moved to Arizona
in 1987. But in a well-reported instance of deja vu, the opponent is the same: the Philadephia Eagles
The New York Times
ran with a story yesterday that includes the neat photograph above. Locally, KTAR news (620 a.m.), aired a phoned-in conversation
with former player Vince Bonanis. Here's a sample:
The St. Petersburg Times
in Florida has a piece
on former halfback Charley Trippi, and Tennessee's Oak Ridger
looked around the neighborhood and dusted off former Cardinals starter Buster Ramsey for an interview
The only thing needed to complete this trip down memory lane is to repeat the 1947 victory against the Dirty Birds.