Mike Shannon will be broadcasting his 42nd season on the Cardinals radio network. Throughout his years as a broadcaster for the Cardinals, Shannon has also made appearances for the Cardinals television broadcasts, including as a pre-game analyst for FSN Midwest.
A St. Louis native, Shannon broke into the big leagues with the Cardinals in 1962 and became the Cardinals regular right fielder during the 1964 World Championship season. During the 1964 Series opener vs. New York, Shannon hit a game-tying, two-run homer off Whitey Ford as St. Louis went on to defeat the Yankees in seven games. In 1967 Shannon was moved to third base to make room for newly acquired right fielder Roger Maris, as the Cardinals went on to win two straight National League pennants in 1967 and '68 as well as the 1967 World Series. His 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. His 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. His many years with the organization give Shannon a unique insight in his commentary. He was honored at the end of the 2007 season for his 50 years of service with the club.
In 1999, Shannon 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. A few of the numerous awards and honors Shannon has received throughout his career include the Missouri prep Player of the Year in 1957 for basketball and football - the only player ever to receive both in the same year, St. Louis Ambassador's 1993 Sportsman of the Year, St. Louis Variety Club 1996 Champion for Kids and the 1985 Emmy Award for Sports Broadcasting, St. Louis chapter.
Mike, 73, resides in St. Louis. He, and his late wife, Judy, have six children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
John Rooney is in his eighth year of broadcasting Cardinals games with partner Mike Shannon. Rooney, a Richmond, Mo. native, came to St. Louis from the Chicago White Sox where he spent 18 years (1988-2005) - one in TV and 17 seasons following in the radio booth. The Cardinals World Championship crown in 2006 gave John the privilege of working with the World Champion team in back-to-back seasons, following the White Sox win in 2005.
Rooney, 58, called his first major league game in 1983 with Shannon and Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jack Buck during a three-game series between the Cardinals and host Cincinnati Reds. He began his baseball broadcasting career at the class AAA level, spending the 1981-82 seasons with the Oklahoma 89ers and the 1983-84 campaigns with the Louisville Redbirds. John juggled two stints in the 1980's as a sports reporter for KMOX around his baseball broadcasting and also called University of Missouri basketball games for 20 seasons. His major league baseball radio assignments have included the Division Series (1995-97, 2002-03), League Championship Series (1987-97), All-Star Games (1990-1998), World Series (1987-97), and the FOX Saturday afternoon "Game of the Week" (1996-98). John also has broadcast several college football bowls as well as the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, including the Final Four (1984-2002).
Rooney was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in February 2004. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Colleen and Rachel.
Al Hrabosky will be calling games on Cardinals telecasts this year for his 28th season. It marks his 16th straight-season in his role as color commentator on FSN Midwest. He began working as a commentator on telecasts for the team in 1985 and through the years has worked for Fox Sports Midwest, WB11, Prime and Sportstime cable.
Hrabosky made a smooth transition from one of St. Louis' best-loved athletes, the "Mad Hungarian" of the Cardinals 1970's bullpen, to one of the town's favorite broadcasters. During a 13-year major league career in which he compiled 97 saves and earned Fireman of the Year honors in 1975, Hrabosky already was preparing himself for broadcasting by working as a sportscaster for a St. Louis TV station.
Hrabosky, 63, was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in February 2003. Away from the booth he is active in many charities, including Little Patriots Embraced. He and his wife, June, reside in St. Louis.
Dan McLaughlin will be entering his 16th year as the play-by-play voice for Cardinals television broadcasts on Fox Sports Midwest. A St. Louis native, McLaughlin called his first major league game at the age of 23 and his work last season earned him an Emmy Award for outstanding play-by-play. His baseball assignments have included the national telecasts of "FOX Saturday Baseball" and ESPN's post-season coverage of College Baseball. Dan has previously filled in on numerous Cardinals radio broadcasts working alongside Mike Shannon and Hall of Fame announcer Jack Buck and he continues to produce daily radio and television features along the Cardinals Network and cardinals.com.
During the baseball off-season, McLaughlin has worked play by play of "FOX NFL Sunday" as well as calling college football for ESPN and FOX College Sports. For a decade Dan served as the television play-by-play voice for the University of Missouri men's basketball team, as well as ESPN's basketball coverage of the Big East, ACC, Big 12, and Missouri Valley Conference Game of the week. In addition to basketball, McLaughlin has done work as the studio host of St. Louis Blues hockey on both radio and television broadcasts.
A 1996 graduate of Lindenwood University, where he played baseball, Dan began his professional broadcasting career at KMOX Radio and in 2001, he won the A.I.R. Award as St. Louis' best sportscaster. McLaughlin, 39, was inducted into the Vianney High School Hall of Fame in 2005. Away from the booth, he serves on the boards and is active in numerous local charities including "The Dan McLaughlin Golf Tournament" which has raised nearly 2-million dollars for children with disabilities. He and his wife, Libby, make their home in St. Louis with their son Luke, daughter, Avery, and twins Olivia and Barrett.
Rick Horton will continue his work as a broadcaster on Cardinals telecasts for a tenth season. Last year he joined the crew on FSN Midwest to provide color play-by-play commentary on approximately 100 Cardinals games and will continue to provide postgame analysis. Horton has filled in on KMOX Radio and Cardinals television broadcasts since 1997.
A former left-handed pitcher for the Cardinals, Rick spent seven years in the Major Leagues, playing for St. Louis, Los Angeles and the Chicago White Sox. He made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 1984 and participated in the 1985 and 1987 World Series with the Redbirds and won the Series in 1988 while with the Dodgers. Horton was both a starter and relief pitcher for the club and had one of his best years in 1987 when he went 8-3 in 67 games, pitching 125 innings with 55 strikeouts. In 1991, he spent the season as a pitching coach in the Cleveland Indians minor league system.
After retiring from his Major League playing career, Horton remained in the St. Louis area where he has been active in the Greater St. Louis Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as the Director of the St. Louis FCA since 1993. Horton has assisted with Baseball Chapel with the Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams football team in leading chapel and Bible studies.
Horton, 53, and his wife, Ann, reside in St. Louis and have two children; Jen and Drew.
Mike Claiborne will be covering his 32nd year of St. Louis sports in 2012. He began his time at KMOX in February of 1981 co-hosting "Sports Open Line." His various duties in St. Louis have consisted of being a color analyst, providing play-by-play, a studio analyst and sideline reporter for St. Louis University Basketball, UM St. Louis Basketball, St. Louis Blues Hockey, St. Louis Rams, Fox Sports Midwest and the St. Louis Cardinals.
This is Mike's 8th year as a part of the radio Cardinals Broadcast team with Mike Shannon and John Rooney. Their work together includes the pregame show, play-by-play, Star of the Game and postgame show that includes "Live at Shannons", as a co-host with Mike Shannon.
Mike currently lives in St. Louis and is the father of two daughters, Taylor and Alyx.