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These Were the 10 Most-Read Stories on KMOX in 2018

One of the worlds biggest sporting event, poisonous spiders and Cardinals firings were some of the things our followers cared the most about in 2018.

December 28, 2018 - 3:05 pm

As we close the book on 2018 and welcome in a new year, we look back at what happened throughout the previous 12 months. 

Here is a list of the most-popular stories posted to KMOX.com: 

10. Someone Pranked Yadier Molina: Yadier Molina returned to the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse in late May, after suffering a brutal groin injury, and was greeted with a friendly prank. 

9. 3 Killed in Ozarks Duckboat Accident: The original story sited just three deaths and two others injures, following a boating accident on the Lake of the Ozarks. But the death toll soon climbed to 17. 

8. BRENNAN: You Can Drive Without A License, Insurance, License Plates in Missouri Without Consequences: "Currently, there are no consequences for disobeying these motor vehicle laws," wrote our Charlie Brennan for one of his columns. 

7. Matheny Found New Love For Baseball in Managing, Wants Another Chance: In a radio-exclusive conversation, Mike Matheny talked to our Tom Ackerman the day after he was fired by the Cardinals about regrets, memories and the new love he gained for managing a baseball team.

6. St. Louis Bumps Detroit Out for Most Dangerous City: The biggest factor in St. Louis' crime problem is guns, and not just in turning mere disagreements into shootouts, but also in the way police interact with even the average guy on the street, said criminologist Dr. Remy Cross.

5. Eat-Rite Diner Reopening Under New Ownership: The old-fashioned diner at the corner of 7th and Chouteau closed in October 2017, but new owners Joel Holtman and his wife, Shawna reopened it just in time for the start of baseball season in St. Louis

4. Missouri Court of Appeals Says 'No' to Stan Kroenke: Missouri Court of Appeals rejected a request by Stan Kroenke and the Rams to allow arbitration to resolve its part of the lawsuit. It is just one of multiple lawsuits against the NFL, the Rams and its owner.

3.  Who Will Be The Cardinals Next Manager? Here Are 9 Options: After Mike Matheny was relieved as St. Louis' manager, we looked at the possible replacments – before Mike Shildt was officially given the job later in the season.

2. Brown Recluse Spiders Invading St. Louis Homes: A local pest control expert warned residents to keep an eye out for brown recluse spiders, whose numbers were sharply higher this summer.

1. PGA Pros Were Overly Impressed with St. Louis Golf Fans: Everytime we ask a golf pro during the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club about local fans, they say they've never seen crowds like what has shown up in St. Louis – including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and winner Brooks Koepka.