World Series brings back fond memories of late husband for Peoria woman

Cheering for Cards is a Labor of Love

By Marc Strauss

Cheering for Cards is a Labor of Love

October 20, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 10:52 PM CDT

It wouldn't be wrong to say Judy Anderson lives in a house of Cards. She's been a fan of Cardinal baseball for 44 years. But her heart belongs to the Redbirds thanks to her high school sweetheart, Tom.

"We were married in 1967 and he was a huge Cardinal fan," Judy said of her husband, who passed away 10 years ago. "We would sneak off every chance we got to go to a Cardinal game."

And some of those games were memorable not only for the Cardinals but also for the Andersons - like the 1982 World Series where the biggest highlight for Judy didn't happen on the field.

"We heard a huge commotion during the game and found out Stan Musial was sitting about 4 rows behind us. So everyone rushed up to get his autograph. I went up to see him and shook his hand and he was very nice and very humble."

With apologies to Stan, for Judy, her husband Tom was "The Man". And while she still goes to plenty of games she misses going with him.

During this post-season she thinks of him often while watching the Redbirds with her daughter. The two even went to one of the Division Series games against Philadelphia and rooted the Cardinals to a victory.

"She and I watch the games together and talk about the memories of the old times and when he used to take the children as well down there. Those are really good memories. Sometimes you get a little misty eyed."

New memories might be as close for Judy and her daughter as a one-run game. She thinks the Cards are a team of destiny and is predicting another title.

"After August we thought we didn't have a chance back then but we never gave up hope. They've turned it around and look where they're at today."

Still going strong. Just like Judy.