There wasn't any doubt was there? Atta way, Cards! The last time the Cardinals and the Red Sox played in the World Series was 1967. And I was there (for game 3)! Because we were a MO newspaper family, my dad could always score tickets. I've been to a game in every World Series the Cardinals played in during my lifetime ('64, '67, '68, '82, '85) except for 1987. Sad story. I had agreed to do a one-week city-wide meeting in San Diego that year. To make matters worse, my flight to San Diego from Little Rock went THROUGH St. Louis on game day. (By the way. NOTE TO LITTLE BROTHER: It's up to you! Any of those old ticket connections lingering around MO press circles these days?) Is it against blog protocol to quote yourself? Here's something I wrote last October that really fits this year with a repeat of the 1967 World Series. By the time the Cardinals returned to the World Series in October, 1967, I was in 6th grade. I guess that means my brother would have been a first grader. My sisters would have been 4 and 1. 1967 was the year of the Super Bowl before it had Roman numerals attached to it! In the first ever Super Bowl, Green Bay defeated Kansas City. Also in '67 . . . Mohammad Ali was stripped of his title for draft evasion. Elvis married Priscilla. Christiaan Barnard conducted the first human heart transplant. The big hits at Neosho's Intermediate School were "Windy," "I'm a Believer," and "Come on Down to My Boat." More significantly, it was the year of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and the Beatle's "Sergeant Pepper" album. But for me here's what mattered: the Cardinals were in the Series. And by 1967, both Roger Marris and I had seen the light. His playing for the Yankees and my cheering for the Yankees were long behind us. We were Cardinals (in different ways). So back to St. Louis we went for game 3 between the Cards and the Red Sox. This time the game was at the NEW ballpark. In 1964 we were at Busch Stadium I (which had been Sportsman's Park until the team was purchased by Anheiser-Busch in 1953). But now we were in the new Busch Stadium. For game three, here was the Cardinals' batting order (yes, I still have my program and my scorecard I kept that day): Lou Brock, Curt Flood, Roger Marris, Orlando Cepeda, Tim McCarver, Mike Shannon, Julian Javier, Dal Maxvill, and Nelson Brills. The Red Sox were led by Carl Yastrzemski, of course. It was the last time in major league baseball that a player won the Triple Crown. That year Yaz batted .326, hit 44 home runs, and drove in 121 RBIs. But my Cardinals had Bob Gibson. Enough said. Gibson won games 1, 4, and 7. Some day the Red Sox may break the curse for trading Babe Ruth . . . but it wasn't going to be under my (and Bob Gibson's) watch! And . . . as a little added note . . . it won't be this year either!