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Airport Exhibit Takes Long Look Back at St. Louis Browns History

It’s been 60 years since St. Louis had two major league baseball teams. With this year’s opening day for the St. Louis Cardinals around the corner, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is featuring a historical exhibit on St. Louis’ other team, the St. Louis Browns.  The St. Louis Browns Historical Society has installed an exhibit in the Terminal 1 Baggage Claim featuring more than 200 photos, two jerseys (Home & Road) and other memorabilia. The exhibit runs through June 2013. St. Louis was recently recognized by the Bleacher Report as being the Best Baseball city in the U. S. according to Fan Club president Bill Rogers. Rogers plans an annual celebration of the St. Louis Browns which includes former players and fans. For more information, you can log onto www.thestlbrowns.com 

Now is your chance to brush up on your American League history (home of the Browns) in St. Louis. The Browns started out as the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1902 they came to St. Louis and took the former name of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Brown Stockings (because of the colors they wore).

The first year in St. Louis, the Browns finished in second place with a record of 78- 58. After that, they never placed higher than fourth until 1922, when they placed second behind the Yankees by one game. They were back to their losing ways until 1944, when they went to the World Series against the in-town rivals St. Louis Cardinals. The Browns lost the series 4-2.

In 1951, they signed Satchel Paige, a Negro League star, yet they still saw no improvement. The Browns signed what is still to this day the smallest player in MLB history in 3’ 7” 65-pound Eddie Gaedel who sported the number 1/8.   In 1955 the Browns sold Sportsman Park to the Cardinals after the Busch family bought the Redbirds.  The Browns were then sold to Baltimore where they have played ever since as the Orioles.

On September 28th 1953, before a sparse crowd of 3,174 the Browns played their last game in St. Louis.  

Monday, March 25 Winter Storm Update: 6:15 a.m.

Winter Storm Update for Monday, March 25 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

As of 6:15 a.m. :

Airport runways and the airfield are operational. Snow removal operations continue following Sunday's winter storm.

18 Departing flights have been cancelled so far for Monday.

12 Arriving flights have been cancelled so far for Monday.

Passengers are encouraged to stay in contact with their airlines to get the latest flight information. 

March 24 Winter Storm Update: 4:30 p.m.

Winter Storm Update for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

March 24, 4:30 p.m.

73 Departing flights cancelled through Sunday.

66 Arriving flights cancelled through Sunday.

Lambert operates approximately 500 scheduled airline departing and arriving flights each day.

Passengers are urged to contact their airlines for the latest flight information through the day and into Monday.

 

March 24 Winter Storm Update: 3:15 p.m.

Winter Storm Update for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

As of 3:15 p.m.:

61 Departing flights have been cancelled so far for Sunday, March 24.

67 Arriving flights have been cancelled so far for Sunday, March 24.

On a typical day, Lambert handles approximately 500 commercial airline flights (both arriving and departing operations).

Flights are still taking off and landing at Lambert. Runways are open. Airlines make the decision to cancel flights. Passengers should check with their airlines for the latest flight information or check the Lambert's flight status page.

March 24 Winter Storm Update: 12:15 p.m.

Winterstorm Update for March 24, 2013: 12:15 p.m.

47 Departing total flights cancelled through Sunday

52 Arriving total flights cancelled through Sunday

While airlines have cancelled roughly 20 percent of the day's total number of scheduled arriving and departing flights, the airfield at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is open and operational. Crews are actively clearing and treating runways, taxiways, ramp areas as well as the public areas and roadwasy in front of Lambert's terminals.

 

 

 

 

March 24 Winter Storm Update: 9:30 a.m.

The predicted winter storm is now hitting the St. Louis metro region.

As of 9:30 a.m. March 24, 2013:

35 Departing flights have been cancelled through Sunday evening.

30 Arriving flights have been cancelled through Sunday evening.

Lambert Airport is fully open and operational, but Airlines determine flight cancellations. Lambert crews have begun snow removal on all runways, taxiways, ramp areas as well as roadways and public areas in front of Lambert Terminals.

Travelers should stay in touch with their airlines for the latest flight information or check Lambert's flight status page.

Pilot Party: Lambert Photo of the Week

Captain Joshua Payne gets a suprise welcome at Lambert after returning home Friday from a tour of duty.

Family and flags - lots of both- were on hand to throw a surprise party at the Airport for a US Air Force pilot returning home after a tour of duty in the Middle East. Captain Joshua Payne was greeted first by his wife and two sons. He turned the corner and he was then met by his extended family and some of his squadron mates from the 458th Airlift Squadron, based at Scott Air Force Base. The eye-catching part of this reunion was the huge banner his family displayed featuring the Air Force pilot and his sons.

Mr. Safety: Lambert Photo of the Week

"Safety Man" made his first appearance on a Lambert roadway this week to alert drivers to avoid a construction project.

Spring is springing up and so is "Safety Man." The orange pylon figure, equipped with safety vest, goggles, vest and a hardhat is a creation of the Airport’s Field Maintance crew. His mission is to bring awareness to potentially dangerous areas. This week "Safety Man" was guarding a section on Lambert International Boulevard where crews were repairing a bridge expansion joint. With the warming of temperatures, Lambert crews are trying to get a jump on potholes and other road repairs. Lambert maintains 25 lane miles of roadways on the public side of the Airport’s terminals and dozens more within perimeter of the airfield.

Entrance Deconstruction: Lambert Photo of the Week

A crew began demolition of a Terminal 1 covered walkway between Arrivals Drive and Bag Claim this week.

The curve top structures that cover the entrances between Terminal 1 Arrivals Drive and Bag Claim are being demolished to make way for new sleek, all-glass enclosed walkways. The structures were partially damaged in the 2011 tornado, which created an opportunity to redesign the lower level entrances to better enhance Lambert’s historic terminal architecture. The project is being funded with support from the Eastman Chemical Company, as well as insurance proceeds. New glass panels will allow natural lighting to brighten the pathways. New high tech layers within the glass bring safety, safety, security and UV protection. Construction on the entrances will run through the summer. Click here to see the rendering.

January Shows Upswing in Passenger Traffic at Lambert

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recorded an upswing in passenger traffic for the first month of 2013 with an increase of 2.3 percent in enplanements (departing passengers). In the year over year look, Lambert boarded 448,330 passengers versus 438,049 passengers in January 2012.  The overall look at passenger activity in January, both departing and arriving passengers, showed an increase of 17,406 passengers or two percent.  The latest passenger numbers continues the upward momentum from 2012 where Lambert served more than 12.7 million total passengers, a year over year increase of 1 percent. 

Commercial aircraft departures held steady in January at 6,978 compared to one year ago with 6,964.  Total cargo weight of mail and freight increased 18 percent in January versus January 2012. Cargo carriers and commercial airlines carried 13.2 million pounds of cargo in January compared to 11.2 million in 2012.

Lambert operates nearly 250 average daily departures to 62 non-stop destinations. Southwest Airlines is the leading airline measured by total enplaned passengers with a 48 percent market share. American Airlines flew 16 percent of Lambert passengers in January; Delta Airlines flew 13 percent.

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