Mike Shannon a finalist for Hall of Fame honors

News-DemocratOctober 2, 2013 

Mike Shannon in a 2012 file photo.

ZIA NIZAMI — znizami@bnd.com

St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon is again a finalist for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Shannon was announced Tuesday as one of 10 finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award, which goes annually to a broadcaster in the game. Previous award winners include former Cardinal broadcasters Jack Buck, Harry Caray and Joe Garagiola.

Shannon is joined by these other finalists: Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren.

The winner will be chosen by a 20-member group of voters, including 16 living Ford Frick winners and other baseball officials and historians.

The outcome of the voting will be announced Dec. 11 at the Baseball Winter Meetings, and the recipient will be honored July 26 at the Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremonies in Cooperstown.

Shannon, 74, missed several weeks in the Cardinals broadcast booth late this summer following heart surgery. He returned to broadcasts at the very end of the season.

He was been in the Redbirds' radio booth for 42 seasons, following a nine-year player career with the Cardinals. He has been a finalist for the Hall of Fame for several years.

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