Mike Shannon

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Mike Shannon
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Shannon in 1983
1st baseman/Outfielder
Born: (1939-07-15) July 15, 1939 (age 74)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 11, 1962 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
August 12, 1970 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average .255
Home runs 68
Hits 710
Runs batted in 367
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Michael Shannon (born July 15, 1939) is an American former Major League Baseball player and current radio sportscaster.

Shannon is a radio broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and played with the Cardinals during some of the team's most successful years. Additionally, he is the proprietor of Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood in downtown St. Louis.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Shannon was born and raised in south St. Louis at 7045 Winona Avenue. Mike was the 2nd oldest of six children of Thomas A. Shannon and Elizabeth W. Richason Shannon. Mike's dad was a St. Louis Police Officer and after getting his law degree, worked in the Prosecuting Attorney's office before becoming the Prosecuting Attorney for the City of St. Louis in the early 70's.

Mike attended grade school at Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic School, and graduated from Christian Brothers College High School in 1957. He attended the University of Missouri before leaving in 1958 to begin his professional baseball career after signing with Bing Devine, GM of the St. Louis Cardinals. Shannon has commented that if football players were paid better during his era, he probably would have stayed at Missouri and sought a professional football career. He believed himself a better football player, and his former coach, Frank Broyles, commented that had he stayed in school, Shannon might have won the Heisman Trophy.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Shannon began his big-league career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1962. In 1964, he became the team's regular right fielder, shifting to third base (in order to make room for the newly acquired Roger Maris) in 1967. Shannon played in three World Series for the Cardinals. He hit a game-tying two-run homer off Whitey Ford in the Game 1 of the 1964 World Series against the New York Yankees, which St. Louis won 9-5. In Game 3 of the 1967 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, Shannon hit a key home run off Gary Bell. In Game 7 of the 1968 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, Shannon's solo home run off Mickey Lolich was the Cardinals' only run off Lolich as the Tigers clinched. Shannon also hit the last home run in the original Busch Stadium (Sportsman's Park) in 1966 and the first one for the Cardinals in the second Busch Stadium (Busch Memorial Stadium). In 1970, he contracted nephritis, a kidney disease, which ended his playing career.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Shannon in 2008

Shannon joined the Cardinals' promotional staff in 1971; a year later he moved to the team's radio booth. For almost three decades Shannon was paired with Hall of Fame announcer Jack Buck on AM 1120 KMOX and the Cardinals Radio Network. Following Buck's death in 2002, he was named the team's lead radio voice, teaming with Joel Meyers (2002), Wayne Hagin (2003–2005), and John Rooney (2006–present). In 2006, he moved to AM 550 KTRS which had won broadcasting rights for the Cardinals. For the 2011 season KMOX regained the rights for Cardinals broadcasting and Shannon returned to his former employer.

Shannon received a local Emmy Award for his work on Cardinal broadcasts in 1985, and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.[2] He was named Missouri Sportscaster of the Year in 2002 and 2003.[3]

On Saturday nights after a Cardinals home game, Shannon traditionally hosts a sports chat show from his restaurant, which is one block north from Busch Stadium.

Shannon's signature home run call is "Here's a long one to left/center/right, get up baby, get up, get up...oh yeah!"

During the 1980s, Shannon worked as a backup analyst (behind the main analysts, Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek) for NBC's Game of the Week telecasts (typically working with play-by-play man Jay Randolph).

Counting his tenure in the minor leagues, Shannon has spent 55 years--nearly his entire adult life--with the Cardinals in some capacity. He has also called Cardinals games longer than anyone except Buck.

Preceded by
Gaylord Perry
Major League Player of the Month
July, 1966
Succeeded by
Pete Rose

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