Cardinals’ Shannon recovering from heart surgery
Mike Shannon, the former St. Louis Cardinals third baseman who
has been a popular radio broadcaster for the team for more than 40
years, is recovering after heart surgery.
The Cardinals said Wednesday that Shannon, 74, is resting
comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. He had surgery
Monday to replace his aorta valve. The team said the surgery had
been planned for some time.
Shannon, in a statement through the team, thanked well-wishers
and said he expects to return to the broadcast booth before the end
of the regular season. A rotation of replacements – former
Cardinals pitchers Al Hrabowsky and Rick Horton, and broadcaster
Mike Claiborne – will join John Rooney in the radio booth through
Sept. 23. Shannon is expected back after that, the team said.
”I’m looking forward to getting back in the booth and back to
the game I love,” he said.
Shannon, a St. Louis native, played on three World Series teams
during a nine-year career from 1962 to 1970, all with the
Cardinals. He hit .255 with 68 homers for his career, which was cut
short by kidney disease.
With Shannon as a starter, the Cardinals won the World Series
over the Yankees in 1964 and over the Red Sox in 1967. They lost in
seven games to Detroit in 1968.
He joined the radio broadcast starting in 1972, paired for many
years with Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck, who died in
Shannon is a popular figure in St. Louis, known for his colorful
stories, good-natured humor, and his ”Get up, baby! Get up! Get
up!” call when Cardinals hitters hit long drives.
Shannon has skipped occasional road trips in recent years.
Shannon was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in
1999, both for his on-the-field and on-air accomplishments.