Longtime St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon will be named the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame's 26th Missouri Sports Legend in ceremonies to be held on Thursday, May 9th. The unveiling of Shannon's larger than life sized bust will take place at an 11:00 am luncheon at the University Plaza Convention Center in Springfield. Broadcast partner John Rooney will emcee the ceremony.
Additionally, the Hall of Fame will posthumously induct Cardinal stars Curt Flood and Roger Maris, and area native, Tom Greenwade, a longtime major league scout. The 1964 and 1967 World Championship Cardinals team will be added to the Hall's Honor Roll of World Champions.
Red Schoendienst will accept on behalf of the 1964 team. The families of Flood, Maris and Greenwade will be on hand to accept the plaques of the inductees.
Shannon, a native of St. Louis, made his debut for the Cardinals on September 11, 1962 and appeared in three World Series, hitting key home runs in each. He joined the Cardinals broadcast team in 1972 partnering with another Missouri Sports Legend, Jack Buck. Since Buck's death in 2002, Shannon has been the lead voice for the Cardinals.
A 12 year veteran on the Redbirds, Curt Flood became one of the pivotal figures in sports labor history when he refused to accept a trade following the 1969 season. His actions led to the free agency players enjoy today.
A Cardinal for only two years, Roger Maris' second stop during his baseball career was with the Kansas City Athletics. Maris' two seasons with the Birds were productive as he led his team to World Series appearances in 1967 and '68.
Willard, Missouri's Tom Greenwade's career as a scout for the St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees included the signings of Ralph Terry, Hank Bauer, Jerry Lumpe, Elston Howard and Bill Virdon. However, Tom was best known for his signing of a switch hitting shortstop from Commerce, Oklahoma named Mickey Mantle.
Tickets for the luncheon, which is sponsored by the Ozarks Coca-Cola / Dr Pepper Bottling Company are $40 each. Head Table tickets are $100 and Tables of Eight are $400. Tickets are available by calling the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100.