Springfield (MO) Cardinals
- Location: Springfield, MO
- League: Western Association 1931-1932, 1935-1942; Western League 1933; Texas League 2005-2019; Double-A Central 2021; Texas League 2022-
- Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals 1931-1933, 1935-1942, 2005-present
- Ballpark: Hammons Field 2005-present
The Springfield Cardinals, of the Texas League and briefly in Double-A Central, are owned by their parent club. The St. Louis Cardinals farmhands play their home games at Hammons Field in Springfield, MO.
Former Cardinals and Pirates player Bill Virdon, who also managed the Bucs and three other teams, had retired to Springfield when the team came to town. He held season tickets until his 2021 death. Virdon was born in Michigan, but his family moved to Missouri when he was 12.
The Springfield Cardinals of today are not to be confused with the Springfield (OH) Cardinals who competed in the Middle Atlantic League in 1941 and 1942, or the Springfield (IL) Cardinals who played in the Midwest League in 1982 and 1993.
Missouri's Springfield hosted many minor league teams dating back to 1902. The first to be called Cardinals was the 1931 entry in the Class C Western Association. That was also the first Springfield club affiliated with the Cardinals, as Branch Rickey developed his invention that is now known as a farm system. Springfield's 1933 club, still called the Cardinals, played in the Class A Western League. The Western Association returned to Springfield in 1934, but the team - although still affiliated with the Cards - didn't resume its nickname until 1935.
Today's S-Cards play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Cardenales de Springfield - a straightforward Spanish translation of their name.
|1931||87-57||1st||Eddie Dyer||none League Champs|
|1932||79-51||1st||Eddie Dyer||League Champs|
|1933||73-50||3rd||Joe Schultz Sr.|
|1935||87-48||1st||George Payne||Lost League Finals|
|1937||76-67||4th||Clay Hopper||League Champs|
|1938||79-56||2nd||Clay Hopper||Lost in 1st round|
|1939||78-60||3rd||George Silvey||League Champs|
|1940||56-76||7th||George Silvey / Ollie Vanek|
|1941||92-43||2nd||Ollie Vanek||Lost in 1st round|