Continuing with the same jersey design in 1910, there would only be one change to the uniforms. The road uniform would now match the home uniform, but in gray.
On March 24, 1911 team owner Stanley Robison died. On March 25th, in the opening preseason game against the American League Browns, the Cardinals wore some sort of black crepe material on their sleeves. We have no photographic record of this, but we do have a number of newspaper article that say they wore crepe. We do not know what this crepe bow looked like.
After Stanley Robison passed, his niece, Helene Hathaway Robison Britton, inherited the team and became the first woman to own a major professional sports franchise.
In 1912, the Cardinals shortened their sleeves to elbow length, as described in an April 1912 newspaper article.
St. Louis Globe Democrat: April 3, 1910
Besides the above-mentioned men, all the regulars, including O’Hara, had new outfits. Manager Bresnahan, when asked if the men wearing the new suits yesterday would be the players to be held by him this season, stated that some few of the recruits had no put on their new uniforms. Roger said that Bell, the Springfield second baseman, did not put his on. However, while down in Little Rock, President Dick Kinsella hinted, and very strongly too, that Bell was to be returned to him. Although Roger might lead one to believe that Bell had been given a uniformity’s hard to see, even though such was done, what use the player will have for it. It is certain he has no chance of landing the second-base position as long as Miller Huggins is around. Then, too, with the player limit numbering twenty-five, Bresnahan will not retain more than three extra infielders. He has two first-class youngsters in Magee and Better. Mowery is still to report for duty, and if in shape it’s certain that he will land the third-base job. Then Bresnahan will have Barbeau to dispose of or retain as an extra man for infield duty.
Barkwell and Hauser, infielders, and Courtney, an outfielder, were no sporting any of the new duds, and it’s almost certain before many more days have passed they will be playing ball once again in the minor leagues. All three players will make first-class men for some fast minor league club…
Sporting Life: April 1, 1911
THE ST. LOUIS LOCAL SERIES
The inter-league series for the championship of St. Louis, which was abandoned two years ago, was resumed on Saturday, March 25. The series is scheduled as follows: March 25, 26, April 1, 2, 4. 6, 8, 9. The Cardinals won the opening game on Saturday march 25, with ease. Bill Steele, the big angular spit-baller from Altoona, hurled for the National Leaguers, while Joe Lake, another moist curve producer, pitched for the Americans. The Cardinals had no trouble solving the delivery of Lake, the Browns pitcher, and by taking advantage of his wildness and his mates’ misplays they ran up a total of 10 runs, while their opponents got but two. The Cardinal players wore crepe on their arms and the clubhouse flag was at half mast out of respect to the late M. Stanley Robison, present of the club. Bresnahan had his regular line-up in the field and it showed its team play and the benefits of home training to advantage.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: March 26, 1911
More Than 20,000 Fans Turn Out for Opening Game of the Season – Team Members Wear Crepe in Memory of President Robison.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: March 26, 1911
In memory of President M. Stanley Robison of the Cardinals, who died at his home in Cleveland Friday, the players wore small crepe boas on their arms. The Browns wore small black bands.
The Indianapolis Star: March 27, 1911
PLAYERS HONOR ROBISON
Wear Crepe While Cardinals Drub Browns at St. Louis.
The St. Louis National League baseball team won the first game of the spring series from the local American League team yesterday 10 to 2. The Nationals used their regular lineup. The players wore crepe in memory of Stanley Robison, owner of the Nationals, who died Friday.
The Washington Times: April 9, 1911
Both St. Louis clubs wore crepe on their arms the day after Stanley Robison died, but they played just the same. If he had died early in the week during the season all the clubs would have psotponed their games and doubled up on Saturday or Sunday. Such is respect in the national game.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: April 4, 1912
CARDINALS HAVE SLEEVELESS SHIRTS
There’s only one change in the Cardinals home uniforms. The immaculately white garbs distributed Wednesday are different from last season, in as much as they are equipped with short sleeves, striking the athletes just above the elbow. Last year the Cardinals sleeves were at wrist length.
Cardinals red – PMS 200