ST. LOUIS A franchise rich in tradition and history lost a key part of their past Wednesday night when longtime Cardinals and Busch Stadium organist Ernie Hays passed away at the age of 77.
Hays was a fixture at Cardinals games for more than 40 years, serving as their first and only organist until he retired in 2010. He was behind the keyboard for five National League pennants and a pair of World Series Championships in 1982 and 2006.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ernie Hays, said Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr in a statement. Ernies music shaped the soundtrack of Cardinals baseball for nearly four decades. He was one of the premier sports organists in the country, and a valued member of the Cardinals family.
The entire Cardinals organization extends its sincere condolences to his wife Loreta and his entire family.
Hays provided the first and only source of music at Busch Stadium when the Cardinals installed an organ and hired him to play at home games in 1971. P...