Former St. Louis Cardinals right handed pitcher Chris Carpenter, and ex-Cardinals player and manager Joe Torre were inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Ballpark Village on Saturday, August 27. Also joining the Hall along with Carpenter and Torre were former owner/president Sam Breadon, and long-time center fielder Terry Moore. Breadon and Moore, both of whom have passed away, were represented at the ceremony by members of their families.
Carpenter, the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2005, is the 34th member to the Hall, and is its youngest member at the age of 41. Carpenter made an emotional speech to the crowd gathered at the ceremony, and was interviewed during the game on Saturday by Fox Sports Midwest broadcaster Dan McLaughlin. Carpenter expressed how honored he was to be made a part of the Hall, his profound respect for Bob Gibson, and recounted his best memories of his time with Cardinals.
The 76-year old Torre played for the Cardinals from 1969-1974, and managed the team starting in 1990 until he was replaced by prior ownership during the 1995 season. Torre managed the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves prior to joining the Cardinals and went on to manage the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers before retiring after the 2010 season. Torre also had a stint in the broadcast booth prior to his managing gig with the Cardinals, as the color man for the California Angels. Torre was hired by the Commissioner’s office in 2011 as the Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, a position he holds to the present day. Torre was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with Cardinals Hall of Famer Tony La Russa in 2014.
In his speech on Saturday, Torre recounted stories about Red Schoendienst and the help he received from another Cardinals Hall of Famer, legendary instructor George Kissell. Torre was also interviewed by McLaughlin in the broadcast booth on Saturday, sharing stories about his close friend, the late, great Stan Musial.
Breadon was president and majority owner of the Cardinals from 1920-47. During that time, the Cardinals went 2,470-1,830 (.570 winning percentage) with nine NL pennants and six World Championships. Breadon passed away in 1949 at the age of 72.
Moore played 11 seasons with the Cardinals from 1935-48, and missed three other seasons (1943-45) for World War II. He was a four-time All-Star (1939-42) renowned for his excellent glove in center field. Moore played on the 1942 and 1946 Cardinals World Championship teams and died in 1995 at the age of 82.
Breadon’s life with the Cardinals was highlighted at the induction ceremony by granddaughter Julie Rohrer. Rohrer was followed by Moore’s son Ron Moore, who talked about his father’s baseball career and the book he authored about the evolution of defensive shifting.
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