Big Cardinal fans have souvenirs to prove it

By WEEK Producer

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 6:58 PM CDT

LOGAN COUNTY, Ill. -- Norm Mueller has been cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals since he was 6 years-old.

"I guess I'm a diehard," said Mueller. "I watch all the games that I can and so does my wife."

His wife is Pat Mueller. When they met she didn't realize how much Norm liked the Cardinals. Until they got married.

"We went to St. Louis on our honeymoon and saw three games in two days," recalled Pat.

Before long Pat became a fan too. She has to be, the Mueller's house is filled with baseball memoriabilia, much of it from the Cardinals.

"I just seemed to get started (collecting) with a few items and all of a sudden it just grew and grew," Norm said. "I've sent out hundreds of letters to baseball players asking for them to autograph cards. A lot of them I got back, a lot of them I didn't get back."

The highlight of Norm's collection are his Stan Musial items. He has almost 200 of them, most of them autographed. His favorite is a painting which also bears Stan's signature.

There's also Red Schoendienst and Lou Brock and Bob Gibson. Pick a Cardinal and Norm probably has something autographed by him.

There's even a ball signed by Don Denkinger, the umpire who infamously cost the Cardinals the 1985 World Series when he blew a call at first base.

But Norm says this series with Boston is a toss up.

"Its going to be a tough series because the Cardinals have good pitching and so Boston has good pitching. They also have good hitting, so do the Cardinals," said Norm as he sized up the two teams. "The Cardinals come around when you think they're out of it and they're down, all of a sudden they come back and here they go."

And Norm hopes they go all the way.