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New Book Details Cardinals' History — 'From A Park, To A Stadium, To A Little Piece Of Heaven'

Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, is located in the heart of downtown.
Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, is located in the heart of downtown.

Attending a baseball game at Busch Stadium in the middle of downtown St. Louis is quite a different experience from going to a game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, where the stadium is surrounded by parking lots.

Connie Sexauer is professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County.
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Connie Sexauer is professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County.

In her new book, historian Connie Sexauer argues that a stadium in the midst of the city brings people of different socioeconomic backgrounds together, and it shapes the culture of the businesses and neighborhoods that reside nearby.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Sarah Fenske talked with Sexauer about her new book “From a Park, to a Stadium, to a Little Piece of Heaven," which chronicles the story of the St. Louis Cardinals and how sports architecture can impact the culture of a city. The book will be published this October.

Hear their conversation:

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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Emily Woodbury joined the St. Louis on the Air team in July 2019. Prior to that, she worked at Iowa Public Radio as a producer for two daily, statewide talk programs. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. She got her start in news radio by working at her college radio station as a news director. Emily enjoys playing roller derby, working with dogs, and playing games – both video and tabletop.