Meet a Cardinals Fan: Michael Handshear

Thursday, October 28, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:30 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

Michael Handshear’s clothing ensemble is glossed in Redbird glory. Whether it’s his vintage 1982 world champions ball cap or his personalized baby-blue Will Clark jersey, his ensemble is replete with Redbird glory. Even his white sneakers are punctuated with red trim.

“My grandpa had season tickets to Cardinals games way back when they played at Sportsman’s Park,” he said. “Believe it or not, but I was actually in attendance at the World Series in ’85 and ’87. I was the rowdy little squirt in the second row behind home plate.”

Handshear, 20, a Columbia resident attending Moberly Community College, would do virtually anything to bring a world championship to St. Louis.

“If it were within my control to see to it that the Cards win the World Series, I would shame myself so far as to proudly wear a ‘Reverse the Curse’ Chicago Cubs T-shirt for a week and drive to Don Denkinger’s house, shake his hand and tell him ‘You made a great call,’ ” Handshear said.

Denkinger was the umpire who made the infamous call at first base that went against the Cardinals in game six of the 1985 World Series.

The Cardinals began their storied history in 1892 and have won nine world championships and 15 pennants. They are the winningest team in National League history.

“If one is of St. Louis origin, it’s impossible not to fall for the tradition and legacy that is Cardinals baseball,” Handshear said. “We also have the classiest fans in all of baseball, in my opinion. Although, it would be difficult to convince Don Denkinger of that.”

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