Mike Shannon was the Missouri High School Player of the year in both football and basketball (the only athlete to win both awards in the same year) and went to college at the University of Missouri before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was on the field for the Cardinals for nine seasons. He has played in three World Series and won two of them hitting a home run in each series. Shannon’s playing career ended in 1970 when he contracted a kidney disease called nephritis, but that would not keep the home town boy away from his home town team. In 1971 Shannon joined the Cardinals promotional staff and a year later joined the radio booth. He has been in the Cardinals booth for the last 48 years. He has won a local Emmy, has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and has been twice named Missouri Sportscaster of the Year. He was inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014.
Mike Shannon is a legend. He is also one of the eight finalists for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
Other finalists for the award include, per the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
...Boston announcers Joe Castiglione and Ned Martin; Chicago Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes; former Chicago White Sox telecaster Ken Harrelson; Cleveland’s Tom Hamilton and Jacques Doucet of the Montreal franchise which then moved to Washington.
Mike Shannon has dedicated 61 years of his 80 year life to baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. He has earned a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.