On Tuesday, June 6, Erwin "Erv" Fischer, historian for the Cardinals' Hall of Fame Museum and Official Cardinals Team Historian, passed away at his home in Florissant, Missouri at the age of 80.
It seems ironic that Erv’s passing occurred on the very same day that the Cardinals celebrate youth and a new generation of players via the annual First-Year Player Draft.
While the official record states that Erv worked for the Cardinals for 14 years, those who knew him would tell you that the Cardinals were the love of Fischer’s long and productive life.
Fischer began to follow the Cardinals in the Gas House Gang era and was a member of the Cardinals Knot Hole Gang in 1934. He remained a Cardinal fan for over 70 years.
Later, Erv co-founded the St. Louis chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, SABR’s "Bob Broeg Chapter", and remained an active member. Fischer was also an important member of the St. Louis Browns Fan Club.
After his retirement from the insurance business, Fischer officially joined the team in 1992, lending his encyclopedic baseball knowledge to interpret the historical displays at the Cardinals’ Hall of Fame Museum. In 2003, he arranged for his considerable holding of Cardinals memorabilia to be acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum.
Speaking for myself, Ray Mileur and the entire Birdhouse family, we offer our condolences to Fischer’s wife, Rita, and his children Judy, Mary Jo, Jim and Joan, and five grandchildren.
We also offer our heartfelt gratitude for the support and counsel that Erv offered us over the years. His knowledge of Cardinals history, coupled with encouragement of our then-fledgling website will always remain with us.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Erv Fischer, rest in peace!