Cards broadcaster Mike Shannon recovering from heart surgery

News-DemocratAugust 21, 2013 

Mike Shannon in a 2012 file photo.


Longtime St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon is recovering following heart surgery on Monday, the team announced Wednesday.

Shannon is expected to make a full recovery following the surgery to replace his aorta valve, the team said.

"I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, heartfelt well-wishes and kind words. It means a lot to me," Shannon was quoted as saying in the team announcement. "I'm looking forward to getting back in the booth and back to the game I love."

Shannon, 74, said through a family member that he expects to return to the KMOX broadcast booth before the end of the regular season, the Cardinals said.

He will be replaced in the KMOX booth by Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton and Mike Claborne, serving on a rotating basis until Shannon's scheduled return Sept. 23.

He has been in the booth since 1972, following his retirement as a player in 1970. He played for two World Series championship teams and another NL pennant winner for the Cardinals during his nine years in the majors.

He hit .255 with 68 homers in his career, cut short by kidney disease. He spent the next season in the front office before joining longtime partner Jack Buck on KMOX broadcasts.

Shannon has also appeared on Cardinals telecasts during his broadcast career, and is known for his colorful and oftentimes humorous descriptions of play-by-play.

His home run description -- "Get up, baby! Get up! Get up!" -- has become his signature call, and he remains active in off-season events for the team, including its Winter Warm-Up.

Shannon, who also owns popular restaurants in downtown St. Louis and Edwardsville,was inducted into the Missouris Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

He has been a finalist in recent years for the Ford Frick Award, given to a broadcaster annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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