2023 Ted Savage Cardinals Care Classic

2023 Ted Savage Cardinals Care Classic

Big thanks to all who participated in the 2023 Ted Savage Cardinals Care Classic on July 31st at Whitmoor Country Club! The tournament raised over $50,000 in support of the Cardinals Nike RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) baseball and softball program. We are especially thankful to the following supporters, alumni and celebrities who took part in the event:

Ascension Charity Classic, Bally Sports Midwest, David Yurman, Edward Jones, FastSigns of Bridgeton, Ford, KMOX, KMOV, One Cardinal Way, The Nancy Sanders/Herman Family Charitable Trust, Altair Travel, Budweiser, BluSky, Chick-fil-A, Club Champion, Engineered Fire Protection, Heartland Coca-Cola, Live! By Loews St. Louis, Paramount Convention Services, Rawlings, Ruth’s Chris, Ted Drewes, Vogel Heating & Cooling, and Maryville University.

Tom Ackerman, Marlon Anderson, Polo Ascencio, Alan Benes, Mike Claiborne, Scott Cooper, Danny Cox, Alexa Datt, Bill DeWitt III, Bernie Federko, Neil Fiala, Ryan Franklin, Mitch Harris, Bo Hart, Rick Horton, Al Hrabosky, Jason Isringhausen, Brian Jordan, Randy Karraker, Ray King, Ray Lankford, Reed Low, Greg Mathews, Bengie Molina, Tom Pagnozzi, Ozzie Smith, Scott Terry, Brad Thompson, Mike Tyson, and Scott Warmann.

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Check back soon for details about the 2024 Ted Savage Cardinals Care Classic!

History and Impact

Savage started the golf tournament in 1990 to help kids in our community who participate in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. To date, Cardinals Care has donated over half a million dollars to the program through the support of the Ted Savage Cardinals Care Classic, and will continue to support RBI for years to come.

Born in Venice, Illinois, Ted Savage spent his youth playing baseball, basketball and football in East St. Louis before moving on to play both baseball and basketball for Lincoln University. Ted left college for a three-year stint in the Army where he, as an outfielder for the Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Houston, Texas, helped lead his team to the 4th Army baseball championship.

Upon his discharge, Ted signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and broke into the big leagues in 1962. From 1965 until May of 1967 he played for his hometown St. Louis Cardinals.

When he said goodbye to his playing days in 1971, Ted turned his focus to working with youth. He spent nine years as the Athletic Director for Harris Stowe University before joining the Cardinals organization as Director of Target Marketing. Ted remembered what it was like to be a kid growing up in an underserved community and this fueled his passion to use his position at the Cardinals to provide opportunities to those in need. He was an early supporter of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program that was designed to promote the games of baseball and softball to disadvantaged communities.

Ted's desire to get children onto the baseball diamond led him to create a golf tournament that raised funds to support those playing RBI in the St. Louis area. When Ted retired in 2012, the golf tournament was named in his honor as a tribute to his tireless work to engage the community.

Ted passed away on January 15, 2023 at the age of 85.

Proceeds Benefit
  • Cardinals Nike RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program that provides underprivileged children throughout the St. Louis area the opportunity to play baseball and softball.
  • Cardinals Care whose mission is Caring for Kids throughout Cardinals Nation.
Cardinals RBI program, presented by Nike