ST. LOUIS (Baseball StL) -- I’ll miss Ernie Hays. So will many Cardinals, Blues, Saint Louis U. and Steamers fans. How many guys who are employed as a team organist become a sports celebrity in their own right? None that I know of—other than Ernie Hays.
Like many of you I stomped my feet and clapped my hands to Ernie’s music at Blues and Cardinals games. It was neat to get to know Ernie after I returned to St. Louis in 1994 as a member of the media. He was a great storyteller and always had a joke for you. The jokes were funny and often off-color. Yes, Ernie worked blue but only to an audience that was comfortable with that kind of humor.
He had a great run in this town and took great pride in being a fixture at the stadium and arena. He’d be pleased that all the local media outlets are paying tribute to him today.