Springfield: Texas League Org. of the Year

League President Tom Kayser announced on Thursday that the Springfield Cardinals have been named the Texas League Organization of the Year for the 2006 season.

"To be recognized as the Texas League Organization of the Year is a huge credit to Cardinals fans," said Cardinals Vice President / General Manager Matt Gifford. "Without their overwhelming support the last two seasons, this honor would not be possible. We're very lucky to have not just the support of the greatest fans in baseball, but a tremendous staff as well. I'm proud of how hard our staff works to make Springfield Cardinals baseball a great experience for the fans."

The Cardinals averaged 7,348 fans per game, the second highest total in Double-A and the 16th highest out of 181 minor league teams in the entire nation. Despite three openings lost to weather and the removal of 750 seats to accommodate fan requests for more aisles at Hammons Field, which amounted to more than 50,000 lost seats over the course of the year, the Cardinals still drew 492,302 fans in 2006, giving them a two-year total of over 1 million fans. Even though the team on the field finished with a losing record, the Cardinals finished 2006 with 36 consecutive sellouts of Hammons Field, giving them 47 on the season.

The Springfield Cardinals continue to be active in the community, putting together the first-ever Cardinals Care Pro-Am, a charity golf tournament this past July that helped raise over $70,000 for local charities in the Ozarks.

"If you were going to start a franchise, I would use the Springfield Cardinals as the model," stated Kayser. "It's great to see how quickly their staff has integrated the fabric of the Cardinals into the Springfield community. "The Cardinals exemplify everything a Texas League club should stand for; the charity work, good entertainment and baseball, as well as a strong partner in the community."

The Springfield Cardinals' first home game of 2007 is on Thursday, April 12th against the Midland RockHounds. For information on season tickets for the upcoming 2007 season, call the Cardinals ticket office at (417) 863-2143 or visit their website online at www.springfieldcardinals.com. We hope to see you at Hammons Field in 2007. Go Cards!

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