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Four Decades Behind the Mike - Mike Shannon

As the Emmy-award winning radio broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals, Mike Shannon has been a voice of the Cardinals for 40 years and has called over 6,000 games. A longtime fan favorite of Cardinal Nation, Mike is beloved by multiple generations of baseball players and members of the MLB community.

During his time as a broadcaster for the team, Mike has been in the booth for five Cardinals' World Series appearances (31 games) calling two World Championships for the Redbirds (1982, 2006). He has made appearances on Cardinals television broadcasts, including working pre-game analysis for Fox Sports Midwest and NBC's Baseball Game of the Week. He has also called Cardinals football games on the radio.

A St. Louis native, Mike has been with the organization for 54 years as he joined the Cardinals in 1962 and became the Cardinals regular right fielder during the 1964 World Series Championship season. In 1967, Shannon was moved to third base to make room for newly acquired right fielder Roger Maris as the team again captured a World Series crown.

Mike's career was cut short by nephritis, a kidney disease, in 1970. He joined the Cardinals front office in 1971 as assistant director of promotions and sales and entered the broadcast booth in 1972, where he has remained.

During his playing career, Mike was part of the two World Series winners as well as the National League pennant winning team in 1968. Mike's home run off Boston's Gary Bell was the key blow in Game 3 of the 1967 Series and his solo shot in Game 7 of the 1968 Series was the Cardinals only run off Mickey Lolich as the Tigers clinched the Series. In his three World Series appearances (1964, '67 & '68), Mike ranks tied for third all-time in the Cardinals record books for total runs scored (12) and tied for second in total home runs hit (3).

Mike Shannon is a treasured part of the St. Louis local community, making numerous appearances at charity events throughout the region. He has been recognized by various organizations for his community efforts. Mike has raised over $ 1 million for Christian Brothers College High School as part of annual scholarship fundraisers over the past 20 years. For over twenty-five years, Mike has owned and operated one of the most popular restaurants in downtown St. Louis - Mike Shannon's Steak & Seafood.

He has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career. He was named St. Louis Ambassador's 1993 Sportsman of the Year, St. Louis Variety Club 1996 Champion for Kids and received the 1985 Emmy Award for Sports Broadcasting, St. Louis chapter. In 1999, Mike was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his popularity and performance on the air and as a player on the field, and in November 2009 was selected to be a member of the Academy of Missouri Squires, recognizing the 100 greatest living Missourians. In September 2010, Mike was honored as St. Louis Press Club Media Person of the Year.

A gifted athlete, he was a High School All-American football player, and in 1957 was named the Missouri prep Player of the Year in both basketball and football - the only player ever to receive both in the same year. Mike, 72, resides in Illinois. He, and his late wife, Judy, have six children, 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild.