Amid all the boo-hooing about Busch Stadium being torn down, Cardinal management managed at least one misstep. When picking stadium employees to man the 11 posts around the infield that marked each year the Cardinals made the play-offs at Busch, magically all black beer vendors, ticket takers and ushers vanished. Each of the 11 picked to stand by each title's sign were of the Caucasian persuasion. The premise for the group was that each of them had been employed since the stadium opened in 1965.
Were there no African Americans who have worked at the stadium all 40 years? Maybe they found better jobs. Yet surely there was a more fair way to represent the working folks at the stadium. Perhaps they could have picked someone who was employed ever since those teams won divisional titles or pennants?
The city is more than 50 percent black; the region is around 18 percent black. To have not a single African American among the 11 stadium workers on the field either suggested an under-representation of them in the workforce, or an insensitivity to having them represented in the ceremonial closing.