St. Louis Cardinals From A To Z
Webster Groves native Ann Lambert Good offers plenty of Red Bird stats
"St. Louis Cardinals: A to Z" by Ann Lambert Good is packed with fun statistics about the home team.
September 08, 2017
The Cardinals have posted a pretty erratic W and L record this 2017 season. There's no uncertainty, however, about "St. Louis Cardinals: A to Z." It's a winner – a good read from Webster Groves native Ann Lambert Good.
Good's book offers "greatest hits" of our Cards, and useful baseball trivia, all listed alphabetically. For example:
B - Batting average king of all time for the Cards is second baseman Rogers Hornsby with a lifetime .359 average.
D - Dizzy Dean never threw a no-hitter but his brother, Daffy, did.
N - Notable nicknames for Cardinals' top players include: Bake, Red, Pepper, Spud, Ripper, Poppy and many more.
Q - Quotable quotes: "When a pitcher's throwing a spitball, don't worry and don't complain," advised Stan Musial. "Just hit the dry side like I do."
U - Unique Cardinals include Bob "Gibby" Gibson, who started his career in sports playing basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters.
There are dozens of tidbits about baseball in St. Louis on every page of the Good book. Did you know that Joe Garagiola's wife, Audrey, used to be a stadium organist? Did you know that Gibson struck out four batters in one inning?
Good attributes her deep passion for the sport to growing up as a Cardinals fan in Webster Groves; also to a long career in the predominantly man's world of the CIA; and, finally, to her membership in the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR).
Ann Lambert Good, right, with her mother, fellow Cardinals baseball fan Rosemary Lambert. Good worked for KSHE-95's L.A. sister station KWEST fresh out of college, then spent many years with the CIA. photo courtesy of Ann Lambert Good.
"I am a huge baseball fan and enjoy the trivia," said Good, who now lives in the Washington, D.C., area. "I am a member of the chapter of SABR for Washington, D.C. I link up with these fellow baseball fans. At every meeting, they run a trivia contest that is beyond belief – how do they know so much?
"In my baseball fan development, because I worked in a guy-dominated field at CIA, I enjoyed the impact of throwing out some current stats like a batting average," recalled Good. "That could be a wow head-turner moment, i.e., 'Can't believe she knew that!'"
With the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Good worked in the Middle East. She recalled that baseball was "huge" in Saudi Arabia with American expatriates working in Riyadh or Dhahran. And keeping up with what was happening stateside on the diamonds provided a way to keep up with the best of America.
Roots in Webster
Good grew up on Elm Place and then Swon Avenue in Webster Groves. Her mother, Rosemary Lambert, is a big Cards fan. Now in her 90s, she still goes to games. In her younger years, she "contributed" to the club by educating Joe Buck and "some of the Busch boys" in first grade at Rossman School in West County.
"I love Webster. I have three sisters, Susan, Lisa and Jane, and we all would walk to our friends' houses and then walk up to the Jones Market for candy or Velvet Freeze for ice cream," recalled Good. "Webster Groves was such a great place to get around and also to go to high school."
After high school, Good attended Mizzou for three years, but then made a connection with KSHE-95, the real rock radio station in Crestwood. She moved to Los Angeles where she took a job with KSHE's sister station, KWEST. She worked with KSHE DJ Bob Burch, who also found his way to L.A.
The West Coast rock scene was fun, but after several years, Good decided she wanted to see the world. She thought the best way to get overseas might be a hitch with the CIA.
"With that CIA job in mind, I finished my degree at UCLA and after graduation went right into training with the agency," said Good. "I spent 25 years working as an operations officer and serving in some interesting and exciting countries."
So what kind of excitement can come after a life in rock radio and a quarter-century with the CIA? If you are originally from St. Louis, the obvious answer has to involve baseball.
However, Good's first baseball book was about the Washington Nationals, the team of the town where she settled with husband, Steve, after her career with the CIA. Steve Good took many of the photographs that appear in both the Cardinals' and Nationals' books.
"Washington Nationals: A to Z" was published by Good in 2016. The book focuses on the Nationals from 2005 to 2015, from the first pitches at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and Nationals Park to the team's heartbreaking 2012 playoff loss as reliever Drew Storen gave up four runs in the ninth inning.
The current Nationals began as the former Montreal Expos. In 2004, The Washington Post held a team-naming survey. The published results not only included the winning moniker, but contenders such as Beltway Bandits, Cicadas, Snakeheads and River Rats.
Book on the Cards
"The Nats idea came up as I was retiring and realized there were very few books out on them – it was easier to tackle a team that started in 2005," said Good. "I would never have presumed to start off with a book on the Cardinals. Lots of amazing Cards books out there already, but, I guess the Nats book emboldened me and I just got started, and just had so much fun doing all the research."
Good loves original research in libraries and on-site investigation at stadiums at actual Major League games. The "walk-up songs" used to introduce batters as they walk to the plate are music to her ears. She writes about the audio accompaniments in her books.
"I think fans really enjoy the walk-up songs, and the players seem to have fun with it as well," said Good. "As long as they don't pick anything mind-numbing like Celine Dion.
"Speaking of music, a few years ago the Nats started playing slow, whiney, depressing music during the opponents' at-bats," said Good. "It was sort of a head game – and then the Nats were pressured to stop it. It was very funny actually – kind of enervating music, when you expect upbeat pop or rock."
And speaking of Cardinals' "walk-up songs," author Good recounts some of the classics: Lou Brock walking up to "Shaft;" David Freese walking up to "Scatman;" Scott Rolen walking up to "Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit.
So, if you are having trouble recalling what tunes played behind such Baseball Cardinals as Al Hrabosky or Mark McGwire? Check out page 166 of "St. Louis Cardinals: A to Z."