The MLB and St. Louis Cardinals organization lost a legend on Sunday.
Former player, and long-time radio announcer, Mike Shannon, passed away at the age of 83.
Between playing and announcing, Shannon spent 59 years within the Cardinals organization.
He was our voice, our friend, and an icon for generations.
We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Cardinals legend and St. Louis native son Mike Shannon. pic.twitter.com/4JPRbnUUaj
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 30, 2023
Shannon was born in St. Louis in 1939 and spent most of his life in the city.
He was a part of the Cardinals’ World Series Championship teams in 1964 and 1967.
Shannon was the rare athlete that spent almost his whole life in one city.
As a player, his best season came in 1968, when he finished seventh in NL MVP voting.
That year he hit .266 with 15 home runs and 79 runs batted in.
He was a homegrown kid, and that is something that usually never happens in sports.
Many fans that were not fortunate to see Shannon play, got to hear him in the booth.
He was a major part of the game day experience for fans and brought passion to every one of his calls.
That is one of the many reasons why Shannon is a member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame.
Many Cardinals fans have fond memories of Shannon and listening to his calls.
Growing up not all games were televised…I loved falling asleep to mike and jack buck (especially those west coast games.) they are a big reason I still love baseball play by play on AM radio
— Ryan (@RJMC0105) April 30, 2023
Legendary voice, my daughter would ask me “play Mike” on the radio when she was only a couple of years old. Sad day
— Rick Kahla (@11B3V) April 30, 2023
With any great announcer, you will always remember their unique voice.
Shannon had that ability in his calls and Cardinals fans will remember this legend forever.NEXT: Jordan Montgomery Has Suffered Some Shocking Bad Luck