Mike Shannon will be broadcasting his 39th 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, 70, resides in Illinois. He, and his late wife, Judy, have six children and 10 grandchildren.