50 Years of Shannon to be Celebrated

On Sunday, St. Louis Cardinals icon Mike Shannon will be saluted for 50 years of service to the organization.

For the past 50 years, Mike Shannon has been either creating or describing memorable moments in St. Louis Cardinals history – this coming Sunday (September 23) the Cardinals organization, its fans and the Anheuser-Busch Company will pay tribute to Shannon and his family in a pre-game ceremony at Busch Stadium. Ceremonies are to begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT, prior to the Cardinals nationally-televised (7:09 p.m.) home finale against the Houston Astros.

"For many Cardinals fans, Mike Shannon has become as much a part of Cardinals baseball as the "Birds on the Bat", said Cardinals' Chairman William O. DeWitt, Jr. "His steadfast support of the Cardinals, the game of baseball and the St. Louis community, along with his special connection to our tremendous fans, provides plenty of reasons for the team and its fans to celebrate and reflect upon Mike's 50 years as a member of the Cardinals."

Shannon, who first joined the Cardinals organization in 1958 after a standout prep career, made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 1962. He became a Cardinals regular during their 1964 World Championship season and was a part of three Cardinals World Series teams (1964, 1967 & 1968).

After his playing career was cut short due to illness, Shannon joined the team's front office staff in 1971 and he started his broadcasting career in 1972. In his 36 seasons as a member of the team's radio and TV broadcast teams, Shannon has been a part of five Cardinals World Series seasons (1982, 1985, 1987, 2004 and 2006).

The Cardinal Nation Top Stories