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Happy Birthday greetings to Thomas Michael Shannon born on this date 73 years ago.


It has been suggested that I put my posts that are focused on historical milestones, players and events in as fan posts. While commenting in main posts may reach readers who don't go to Fan Shots and Fan Posts, posting Fan Posts may reach readers who don't check in daily. At the risk of looking like the head of the Department of Redundancy Department, I'll do both for a while. Let me know if you feel these are better suited as comments in main posts or as separate Fan Posts.

Born and raised in South St Louis, Shannon was graduated from Christian Brothers College High School and was the first athlete to be named the Missouri Prep
Player of the Year in both basketball and football. At the time, CBCHS was located west of St Louis in Clayton. Shannon attended Mizzou and was highly regarded by
1957 (and 1957 only) Tiger coach Frank Broyles who thought Shannon had Heisman-level talent. Shannon instead signed with the Cards in 1958 and debuted as an
outfielder in 1962. In 1964, Shannon was featured in an outfield that included Lou Brock and Curt Flood, started in all 7 World Series games, and earned his first WS
ring as the Cards edged the Yankees. Toward the end of the 1966 season, Shannon clubbed the final home run in Sportsman's Park (Busch I) and several months
later, hit the inaugural four-bagger at Busch Memorial Stadium (Busch II). Prior to that 67 season, Shannon was converted to third base to make room in right for the
newly acquired Roger Maris. For the second time in four years, the Redbirds vanquished an AL foe in the World Series in seven (this time the Red Sox) as Shannon
hit a key home run in the Game 3 win. Shannon and his teammates advanced to the Fall Classic in 1968 for the third time in five campaigns, but were denied by the
Tigers in another seven game matchup as Shannon's homer off Mickey Lolich was the only Game 7 offense the Cards could muster. After the 1970 season, a kidney
ailment forced Shannon to retire at the age of 31. Shannon spent the 1971 season in a front office marketing position and in 1972 began a 28 year broadcasting
partnership with Jack Buck.
So join with me in saluting Mike with a cold, frosty, Beechwood-aged Budweiser - the King of Beers. Mike, this Bud's for you.
Drink up baby, drink up…..yeah.

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