Baseball Hall of Fame to Recognize Three Generations of St. Louis Cardinals Excellence During Hall of Fame Weekend 2012

Salute to Three Generations of Cardinals Managers, Appearance of World Series Trophy to Highlight Awards Presentation on July 21 in Cooperstown

March 07, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will enhance Hall of Fame Weekend with a salute to nearly a half century – and three generations – of St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series championships, as part of the Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 21 in Cooperstown at Doubleday Field. The event will feature a special recognition to the living managers who guided the franchise to titles – Red Schoendienst in 1967, Whitey Herzog in 1982 and Tony La Russa in 2006 and 2011 – along with an appearance of the World Series Trophy, during the Hall of Fame’s salute to its annual award winners.

“For generations, the St. Louis Cardinals organization has delivered world championships to its fans, and the 2011 World Series will be remembered as one of the most entertaining in the history of our sport,” said Jeff Idelson, President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are honored to recognize the three managers who led their teams to World Series victory with this special recognition as part of the Awards Presentation. These three managers have united a fan base for generations and provided endless memories for Cardinals fans everywhere."

The special recognition will take place as part of the 2012 Hall of Fame Awards Presentation, which honors the recipients of the Museum’s broadcasting and baseball writing awards. Tim McCarver, who has served as an analyst for 30 years, most recently with FOX, has been named the Hall of Fame’s 2012 Ford C. Frick Award winner for excellence in baseball broadcasting, and Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, has been named the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The Cardinals are providing the World Series trophy for the event in Cooperstown, which will include a display in the Museum on Saturday, July 21, as well as on stage for the recognition at the Awards Presentation.

The Museum features a year-long salute to the Cardinals 2011 championship season, as part of the Autumn Glory exhibit honoring the World Series. Several items from the Cardinals’ seven-game series victory are included in the exhibit, including the bat used by David Freese to hit the Game Six walk-off home run in the 11th inning, along with the jersey, which was ripped off his back by his teammates; the jersey worn by Chris Carpenter in the Series, the spikes worn by Albert Pujols in Game Four of the World Series; and many other objects paying tribute to the Fall Classic. The Cardinals exhibit will be on display through the 2012 postseason, when a case to honor the new champions will be unveiled.

Schoendienst, a 1989 Hall of Fame electee, led the Cardinals to the 1967 World Series championship, a seven-game series win over the Boston Red Sox. He compiled a 1,041-955 record, a .522 winning percentage, in 14 seasons as manager of the Cardinals from 1965-1976, as well as stints in 1980 and 1990. Schoendienst totaled a .289 batting average and 2,449 hits in a 19-season major league career, from 1945-1963, primarily with the Cardinals.

Herzog, a 2010 Hall of Fame electee, led the Cardinals to the 1982 world title, a seven-game series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He compiled a 1,281-1,125 record, a .532 winning percentage, in 18 major league seasons as manager with the Cardinals, Royals, Angels and Rangers, winning three pennants.

La Russa, who announced his retirement following the 2011 season, compiled a 2,728-2,365 record, a .536 winning percentage, in 33 years as a major league manager for the Cardinals (1996-2011), Athletics (1986-1995), and White Sox (1979-1986). He led the Cardinals to an improbable World Series win in 2011, with one of the game’s greatest Game Six comebacks in history, following an unexpected postseason run. He won his final two games as a major league manager, Game Six and Game Seven, against the Texas Rangers. He previously led the 2006 Cardinals to a World Series victory over the Detroit Tigers in five games. La Russa won six pennants and three World Series titles, also winning with the 1989 Oakland A’s. La Russa will be eligible for Hall of Fame consideration by the Expansion Era Committee, which will next meet at the winter meetings in 2013, for Hall of Fame election in 2014.

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