The first caravan leaves on Thursday, January 12, for a swing through Illinois and a stop in Hannibal, Mo. The trip begins with a visit to Champaign at noon Thursday and Decatur that night before continuing on to Hannibal on Friday, January 13, and Springfield, Ill Friday night. The caravan features current Cardinals' pitchers Brad Thompson and Anthony Reyes along with outfielder John Gall. Former Redbirds Danny Cox and John Costello will also be along, while the newest member of the team's radio voice, John Rooney, will serve as the emcee.
The second caravan is a two-day event Saturday, January 14, through Sunday, January 15. The group makes their first appearance in Marion, Ill., before stopping at Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday night. On Sunday they stop at Ripley, Tenn., and Cape Girardeau, Mo., Sunday night. Cardinals lefty Randy Flores and catcher Yadier Molina along with new infielder Aaron Miles will be joined by emcee Al Hrabosky on this trip.
The third caravan features outfielders John Rodriguez and Larry Bigbie along with former Cardinals Rick Horton and Tom Lawless, with Horton serving as the emcee on the trip. The travelers will stop in Bloomington, Ill., on Saturday January 14 before a night stop in Davenport, Iowa, home of the club's Single-A affiliate. Sunday will see the caravan stopping in Peoria and Litchfield, Ill., before returning home.
The final caravan begins in Joplin, Mo., on Monday, January 16, and will proceed to Springfield, Mo., for a Monday night stop and a private noon function on Tuesday, January 17. Springfield is host to the team's Double-A Cardinals affiliate. The caravan concludes on Tuesday night in Columbia, Mo. Cardinals KPLR/WB11 television announcer, Bob Carpenter, will host this fourth caravan, that includes former player Ken Reitz and players Tyler Johnson, Brendan Ryan, Skip Schumaker and Adam Wainwright For more information on the 2006 caravan, contact the Cardinals at 314-345-9600. Fans can also visit the team's website at www.stlcardinals.com for additional caravan information and updates.
|Players: John Gall, Anthony Reyes, Brad Thompson, Danny Cox, John Costello. Emcee: John Rooney|
|Thursday, Jan. 12|
|Champaign, IL (day) at Hawthorne Suites, Noon. Call (217) 398-3400|
|Decatur, IL (night) at Holiday Inn Select, 6 p.m. Call (217) 429-4423|
|Friday, Jan. 13|
|Hannibal, MO (day) at Hannibal Inn & Conf. Center, Noon, Call (573) 221-3450|
|Springfield, IL (night) at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6 p.m. Call (217) 585-2836|
|Players: Yadier Molina, Aaron Miles, Randy Flores, Al Hrabosky. Emcee: Al Hrabosky|
|Saturday, Jan. 14|
|Marion, IL (day) Knights of Columbus Hall, Noon. Call (618) 997-6311|
|Memphis, TN (night) at AutoZone Park, 5 p.m. Call (901) 721-6050|
|Sunday, Jan. 15|
|Ripley, TN (day) at Ripley High School Gym, 12:30 p.m. Call 731-635-5511|
|Cape Girardeau, MO (night) at Osage Community Center, 6 p.m. Call 573.334.2859|
|Players: John Rodriguez, Larry Bigbie, Rick Horton, Tom Lawless. Emcee: Rick Horton|
|Saturday, Jan. 14|
|Bloomington, IL (day) at ISU Bone Student Ctr, Noon. Call (309) 452-3317|
|Davenport, IA (night) at John O'Donnell Stadium, 6 p.m. Call (563) 324-3000|
|Sunday, Jan. 15|
|Peoria, IL (day) at Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel, Noon. Call (800) 438-6777|
|Litchfield, IL (night) at Litchfield High School Gym. Call (217) 324-5921|
|Players: Adam Wainwright, Skip Schumaker, Tyler Johnson, Brendan Ryan, Ken Reitz. Emcee: Bob Carpenter|
|Monday, Jan. 16|
|Joplin, MO (day) at Webster Auditorium, MSSU, 12:30 p.m. Call (417) 625-9375|
|Springfield, MO (night) at Bass Pro Shops, White River Room, 6 p.m. Call (417) 863-2143|
|Tuesday, Jan. 17|
|Columbia, MO (night), Location TBD, 6 p.m. Call (573) 449-4141|