The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the oldest and most storied franchises in Major League Baseball. Their 11 World Series titles are more than any other National League team, and second only to the New York Yankees for the all-time lead.
Redbird teams over the years have featured outstanding pitchers such as Bob Gibson, Cy Young, Dizzy Dean, Bruce Sutter and Joaquin Andujar. They also have had pitchers with colorful nicknames like Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky, "Wild Bill" Hallahan, Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown and Bill "Spittin’ Bull" Doak.
Now, one lucky baseball fan can win the opportunity to stand on the same mound at Busch Stadium as famous Cardinal hurlers of recent times like Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, and throw out the first pitch when St. Louis hosts the San Francisco Giants
on Monday, August 17. The experience is available via IfOnly.com, an online charitable platform.
Prior to throwing out the first pitch, the fan and a guest will be allowed on the field during batting practice to watch the Cardinals as they get ready for the Giants. This sports package, which also includes two prime seats to the game, can be purchased for $4,500 per person.
Concurrently, IfOnly has another Cardinals experience consisting of field access during batting practice and two prime tickets to the Giants-Cardinals game on August 17
. That package can be purchased for only $500 per person.
Proceeds from both experiences will benefit The Snow Foundation, a charity established by former Major League first baseman and six-time Gold Glove winner J.T. Snow. The Snow Foundation raises money for awareness of Wolfram syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.
Now in its fourth year, IfOnly is an online platform that offers exclusive experiences such as these sports gifts
to people who are passionate about music, sports, entertainment and travel, with the proceeds being donated to charitable causes.
Other unique experiences offered to date by IfOnly include a tailgate party with San Diego Chargers players, plus field passes and game tickets for four; roundtrip airfare and VIP passes to the Gentleman of the Road Festival featuring Mumford & Sons in Washington; a new 2015 Chevrolet Camaro plus the opportunity to race in a Sprint Cup NASCAR stock car; a one-night stay at Disneyland and four tickets to the park after hours when it's closed to the general public; and an opportunity to ride on the Goodyear Blimp!
In addition to the packages and experience gifts available on its site, IfOnly gives members the opportunity to customize their own experiences.