Welcome to Cardinals Hall of Fame: McGee, Shannon, Edmonds, Marion

Fans elect popular center fielders Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds, and Mike Shannon and Marty Marion will join them as part of the inaugural class in the Cardinals Hall of Fame.

The newest Cardinals Hall of Famers (from left): Willie McGee, Mike Shannon, Jim Edmonds and Marty Marion.

Photos Courtesy: St. Louis Cardinals Archive

ST. LOUIS -- Two of the most popular center fielders in franchise history, Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds, were among four members named to the Cardinals Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

The two outfielders were joined by Mike Shannon, the longtime voice of the Cardinals, and Marty Marion, a seven-time All-Star and the 1944 NL MVP.

McGee and Edmonds were voted into the Hall by fans via an online ballot that included eight former players.

Marion was elected by a Red Ribbon committee that was formed by the club and assigned with selecting a former Cardinal who has been retired for more than 40 years.

Shannon was named for his contributions on and off the field. The longtime announcer and native St. Louisan played for both of the Cardinals' World Series championship teams in the 1960s.

The Cardinals announced their inaugural Hall of Fame class of 22 during the Winter Warm-Up. They included members of the organization who have had their numbers retired and/or have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

The recently opened Cardinals Hall of Fame is located inside Ballpark Village. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Aug. 16.

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