ST. LOUIS (AP) Joe Maddon stepped to the podium spouting names of obscure Cardinals from the past.
The Cubs manager is also a big fan of the game, and in particular an admirer of St. Louis' stature as one of major league baseball's jewel franchises with 11 World Series titles. Every time he comes to town, he finds a way to work Branch Rickey into the conversation, and the eve of the NL Division Series was no exception.
Maddon spotted a photo of 1964 Cardinals World Series stalwarts and said he could name "almost" everybody. He wanted to meet Ed Spiezio, Phil Gagliano and Jerry Buchek, all long-ago St. Louis grinders, and he's pals with Tim McCarver and Mike Shannon.