Mike Shannon, 'Voice of the Cardinals, undergoes heart surgery
Mike Shannon throws out the first pitch before game three of the NLCS between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 14, 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) By Belo Content KMOV
Mike Shannon, the “voice of the St. Louis Cardinals,” is recovering after undergoing successful heart surgery earlier this week.
The surgery was held Monday to replace an aortic valve.
The Cardinals broadcaster, who’s expected to make a full recovery, said he is doing well and plans to return to the broadcast booth on Sept. 23.
“I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, heartfelt well-wishes and kind words. It means a lot to me,” Mike Shannon said, “I’m looking forward to getting back in the booth and back to the game I love.”
Shannon has manned the Cardinals broadcast booth since 1972. Before that he played for the team from 1962 to 1970, winning two World Series rings. He was inducted in to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
To fill the void left by Shannon, Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton and Mike Claiborne will rotate announcing alongside John Rooney in the radio booth.