By K.J. Cardinal
Today marks a day that will go down in Cardinal Blog history as The Cardinal Vault debuts. Every week or so, The Cardinal Vault will feature a vintage photo, document or (eventually) video of a Cardinal family member.
It's only fitting that the inaugural entry into The Cardinal Vault is of the Cardinal that started it all, Leo "Papa" Cardinal.
Papa is pictured below with the most impressive catch of his fishing career. Papa was awarded Sports Afield's Distinguished Angler Award in 1981 for this fish. Using a fly that Mema tied, Papa reeled in an 8 pound, 12.5 ounce brown trout on a fly rod out of a river up in Pittsburgh, N.H.
Sports Afield sent along a certificate recognizing Papa's achievement as well. That certificate read "Distinguished Angler is presented to Leo Cardinal for outstanding angling achievement by catching a trophy fish while conforming to the highest principles of sportsmanship."
Papa and this fish will make another appearance in The Cardinal Vault at some point, so be sure to check back frequently for the latest additions.