Longtime Cardinal greats Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds were among the inaugural players voted into the Cardinals’ Hall of Fame along with Marty Marion and broadcaster Mike Shannon. The fan ballot results, Red Ribbon Committee results, and the Cardinals’ organization selection were announced Wednesday before the Cardinals game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Among the eight modern era players available for fans to vote for were Edmonds, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, McGee, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Ted Simmons and Joe Torre. Fans began voting on March 7 and ended on April 22.
Neither Edmonds nor McGee were able to attend the announcement, but Shannon did wave to the crowd from his position in the broadcast booth.
During his eight years in St. Louis (2000 to 2007), Edmonds blasted 241 home runs, drove in 713 runs, scored 690 runs, 645 walks, and stole 37 bases while hitting .285. Edmonds ranks fourth all time in home runs and eighth in walks. He also had 87 game-winning RBI, good for third in franchise history.
Edmonds reached the playoffs in all but two years he was with St. Louis and played in two World Series, 2004 and 2006, winning his only title in 2006. Edmonds won six Gold Gloves and was a three-time All Star with St. Louis.
McGee was with St. Louis for 13 years, between 1982 and 1990 and again from 1996 through 1999. McGee had 1,683 hits with 63 home runs, 678 RBIs, 760 runs scored and 301 stolen bases. McGee is fourth all time for St. Louis in stolen bases and game-winning RBIs (85). He is third in pinch hits (59), seventh in triples (83), ninth in games played (1,661), and 10th in at bats (5,734).
McGee won the 1985 batting title as well as 1990 batting title. The 1990 title came even after being traded to Oakland late in the season. He played in the postseason four times (1982, 1985, 1987, and 1996) and the World Series three times, winning it all in 1982. McGee also won the MVP award in 1985, his age 26 season. He won three Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger with the Redbirds and was a four-time All Star.
Players who have been retired for more than 40 years are placed in the veteran player category and are voted on by the Red Ribbon Committee via secret ballot. Marion was the veteran player to be elected by the Red Ribbon Committee.
Marion played for the Cardinals from 1940 through 1950 and with the St. Louis Browns in 1952 and 1953. Marion won the 1944 MVP award.
As an organization, the Cardinals can choose to place an individual into the Hall of Fame if they feel the person is an important figure or contributed greatly to the organization. These individuals can be coaches, broadcasters, or a member of the Cardinals’ front office. The club does not have to choose an individual every year, but this year it did. The Cardinals’ choice was Shannon, the longtime broadcaster and former player.
Shannon collected just 710 hits during his nine-year career (1962 through 1970). He hit 68 home runs and drove in 367 runs while scoring 313 times while playing right field and third base for the Cardinals. After winning two of three World Series while playing for the Cardinals, Shannon retired for health reasons. He moved into the broadcasters’ booth in 1972 where he has been for the last 43 seasons, counting the 2014 season.
The Cardinals will hold an official induction ceremony for the newest Hall of Fame members on Saturday, August 16.