What is Like Mike?
Like Mike is a fun campaign to engage Cardinals fans in celebrating Mike Shannon's 40 years in the broadcast booth. The Cardinals are asking fans to show the world they Like Mike by voting to nominate Mike Shannon for the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, baseball's highest honor for broadcasters.
The Hall of Fame is conducting fan balloting on their Facebook page during the month of September to select three of ten nominees for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award.
For the last four decades, Cardinals fans have enjoyed some of the most memorable moments in team history as called by one of the team's most beloved broadcasters. This is a chance for Cardinals fans to voice their support for Mike, who has been a voice of the Cardinals for 40 years, has called over 6,000 games and is a true St. Louis success story.
How can fans get involved?
Fans should go to cardinals.com/likemike and click the "Vote Now" button to be directed to the Hall of Fame's Facebook page to cast their vote to nominate Mike for baseball's highest honor for broadcasters - the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award.
The Hall of Fame is encouraging fans to vote once a day for the entire month of September on the Hall's Facebook page. The top three broadcasters selected by the fans in the Facebook balloting will join seven others selected by the Hall of Fame as nominees for this prestigious award in 2012.
Cardinal fans that follow the team on Facebook will be able to listen to the "Like Mike Call of the Day" throughout the month of September and will be able post messages to Mike. While fans must have a Facebook account to take part in the vote, all fans can join in the fun and show the world they Like Mike.
What will fans find at cardinals.com/likemike?
Fans will find a web page that celebrates Mike Shannon and pays tribute to his four decades in the broadcast booth. Fans can learn more about Mike Shannon, view galleries of photos, listen to some of Mike's most memorable calls and learn more about the Ford C. Frick Award. Most importantly, fans can click the "Vote Now" button to be directed to the Hall of Fame's Facebook page to cast their vote to nominate Mike Shannon for the Ford C. Frick Award.
What is the Ford C. Frick Award and have any former Cardinals broadcasters been recipients?
The Ford C. Frick Award is the highest honor presented to a broadcaster by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The award recognizes broadcasters for "major contributions to baseball." Legendary broadcasters Jack Buck (1987) and Harry Caray (1989) were both recipients of this prestigious award.