Today the Cardinals celebrated 3 of baseball’s finest from the St. Louis area - and these players never even wore the Birds on the Bat. Audrey Kissel, Erma Bergmann and Barbara Hoffman played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League which inspired the 1992 film “A League of Their Own.” Kiss, Bergie and Barb played a combined 9 seasons in the women’s professional baseball league which existed from 1943 to 1954. Erma even threw a no-hitter back on May 22, 1947.
Audrey and Barbara, along with the Bergmann family, surprised Erma for her 90th birthday by bringing her to Busch to throw out the ceremonial pitch. These women truly are still in a league of their own.
On June 20, 2004, Ken Griffey Jr. joined the 500-home run club with a blast off the Cardinals’ Matt Morris in St. Louis, and later shared a hug with his dad at the game. It couldn’t have come on a better day, as it was Father’s Day. (Photo: Dilip Vishwanat for Getty Images)
Jean-Georges Vibert, who—according to Christie’s—is”a master of the small-scale amusing anecdotal scenes which had wide appeal among the sophisticated art patrons of Paris,” painted The Missionary’s Adventures in around 1883.
As the Metropolitan Museum points out, “[t]he cardinals lounging on the sofa and purple-robed bishop savoring his tea are indifferent to the monk’s account of his mission and to the wound he received carrying it out.”
Indeed, Vibert’s whole point seems to be the contrast between the earnest monk and his comfortably bureaucratic Church superiors.
There is, in fact, a veritable genre of painting consisting of ecclesiastical satire.