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

2002.

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.