Gussie Busch

Gussie Busch autograph
Birthdate03/28/1899
Death Date09/29/1989
Debut Year1953
Year of Induction
Teams Cardinals
Positions Executive, Owner

As owner of the Cardinals from 1953 until his death in 1989, Gussie Busch saw his teams win 6 pennants and three World Series titles. 

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Gussie Busch fired Harry Caray after rumored affair with his daughter-in-law; three weeks later he wrote this letter

Gussie Busch fired Harry Caray after rumored affair with his daughter-in-law; three weeks later he wrote this letter

In the collection is this letter signed by Cardinals owner Gussie Busch dated October 27, 1969, just 18 days after informing Caray that his contract would not be renewed. Busch writes, “Thank you very much for your recent letter about Harry Caray. I think we
Letter signed by Gussie Busch in his first year as Cardinals owner

Letter signed by Gussie Busch in his first year as Cardinals owner

Born in 1899, “Gussie” Busch was the grandson of the German-born founder of Anheuser-Busch brewery. Gussie was in charge as the company became the largest brewery in the world by 1957. The family’s great wealth enabled him to purchase the Cardinals in 1953, the same year Busch sent this letter to a fan. “I do not have any

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Harry Caray’s rumored affair with the daughter-in-law of the Cardinals owner helped forge two Hall of Fame Careers

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CooperstownExpert.com

Famed announcer Harry Caray was the voice of the Cardinals for a quarter century. Beloved in St. Louis, he was known as a womanizing man-about-town. That penchant for sharing time with beautiful women just may have ended his career with his hometown team and solidified the career of Jack Buck. Did the affair happen? The unsubstantiated rumor – that Carey never denied – is that an affair with August Busch III’s wife led to the announcer’s dismissal. Proof of the affair supposedly came to light after Caray was hit by a car on November 3, 1968 and nearly lost his life. The Busch family phone bill for the month showed many calls to Caray’s hospital room. The charges were traced to Susan Busch, the young wife of August Busch III who was the son of the team owner. The story continues that the Busch family hired a private investigator who confirmed that Mrs. Busch was indeed romantically linked to Caray, who was then in his 50s. Whether the story is true or not, Susan and August Busch III were divorced in 1969, the same year the Cardinals opted not to renew the contract of the immensely popular Caray. Caray’s firing […]

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