The teams suffered through notoriously bad drafts and an owner who would not spend what it took to field a competitive team. From 1978 to 1987 the team only finished with a winning record 3 times. Their only playoff appearance came in the strike shortened year of 1982 when they went 5-4, they went onto lose to the Green Bay Packers. On December 13, 1987 the Cardinals played their last home game in St. Louis, it was a 27-24 win over the New York Giants. The 29,623 in attendance witnessed the end of an era in St. Louis.
I grew up in St. Louis and I was 10 years old when the football Cardinals left. As a kid I didn't realize how big of an impact it had on the fans, I just always knew that if the name Bill Bidwill came up the conversation wasn't going to be a very nice one. It was a different situation from any other move that has ever happened in the league. When the Colts moved from Baltimore and the Browns from Cleveland people were surprised, in St. Louis people could see it coming from a mile away. It seemed that there was no satisfying the owner, the battle with the local government became so bitter that the fans here knew the end was coming. In 1995, after missing out on a shot at an expansion team Georgia Frontiere moved the Rams from L.A. to St. Louis. By 1999 the Rams brought this city The Lombardi Trophy when they won Super Bowl 34. I would never trade "The Greatest Show On Turf" for what was the St. Louis Football Cardinals. I can see it from both sides of the coin though. One city rejoices as their new team arrives and one city sheds tears as the moving vans roll away. I can always understand when the Rams fans from L.A. say they want their team back or have disdain for the owner that pulled them out of their city, it a tough thing for fans to go through. In St. Louis they have a stadium issue on the horizon with the Rams, as a fan of the team I hope that issue is resolved and they are in this city a long time. When it comes to the Arizona Cardinals, I hope that we see the day when the Bidwill family sell the team. In my opinion they were never good for football and never will be. If they don't I hope for the sake of the Cardinals fans that Bill's son Michael does a better job than his father.
While I was looking for some video involving the move I ran across this, its pretty funny:
An article from the Chicago Tribune following the announcement:
An article from CBS Sports that will give you a look at how despicable of an owner Bill Bidwill was: