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The Cardinals have always been America's team

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The Cardinal Way: starin' down Nazis.

This 1942 ad, as documented in the book Baseball Goes to War and brought to our attention by Vox's Dan Chilton, really shows you how intimidating a small red bird levitating on a baseball bat can be. Even history's greatest monster is cowed before the pop-eyed visage of this crimson dynamo.

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Finally, historical documentation that the Cardinals are AMERICA'S team. A vote against the Cardinals is a vote against AMERICA.

(We vote for the World Series, right?)