Mike Shannon, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, and play-by-play broadcaster John Rooney are now booked to attend and participate in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s next luncheon on May 27.
Tickets remain for the Baseball Sports Enthusiasts Luncheon presented by the Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company. The event will feature the naming of former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa as a Missouri Sports Legend and begins at 11 a.m. at the University Plaza Convention Center. For tickets, call 417-889-3100.
The Hall also will induct former Licking and Hillcrest High School baseball coach Byron Hagler, former St. Elizabeth High School softball coach Diane Juergensmeyer and former American Softball Association standout pitcher Roy Burlison. Additionally, the Hall will recognize John Schaefer, CEO of Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, with the President’s Award and also recognize the Diamond 9, a group of former high school, college and American Softball Association standouts.
Shannon is broadcasting his 44th season on the Cardinals radio network. The former big-leaguer played right field for the Cardinals’ 1964 World Series team and third base on the Cardinals’ 1967 and 1968 World Series teams. He was inducted in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and was named a Missouri Sports Legend in 2013.
Rooney is in his 10th season of broadcasting Cardinals games with Shannon. A Richmond, Mo., native, Rooney previously spent 18 seasons broadcasting White Sox games. He called his first major league game in 1983 with Shannon and Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck.
WANT TO GO?
The ceremony: The Baseball Sports Enthusiasts Luncheon presented by the Ozarks Coca Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company at is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield.
Tickets & sponsorships: Call 417-889-3100. Tickets are $40, or $100 for a head table ticket. Numerous sponsorships are available, including a table of eight for $400, which includes associate sponsorship recognition in the printed program.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will be honored as a Missouri Sports Legend, in which a specially commissioned sculpture, cast in bronze, will line the Legends Walkway.
Byron Hagler, who won almost 600 baseball games and reached nine state final fours as the head coach of Licking and Hillcrest high schools. His 1988 and 1989 Licking teams won Class 2 state championships.
Diane Juergensmeyer, the former St. Elizabeth High School softball coach who won more than 400 games and three state championships in 1992, 1994 and 2002.
Roy Burlison, a former standout in the American Softball Association who played on teams in St. Louis and Springfield.
John Schaefer, CEO of Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper, recipient of the President’s Award.
DIAMOND 9 HONOREES
Tim Blasi, a Hillcrest and Missouri State baseball standout who went on to star in ASA
Janice Crumpley-Bluebaum, a Marionville native who was a fast-pitch and slow-pitch standout in the American Softball Association
Jack Burrell, former baseball standout at Humansville and Southwest Baptist
Caitlin Chapin, a 2009 Ozark High School graduate who also played for Missouri State
Jim Lumpe of Glendale High School, the Mizzou Tigers and Montreal Expos
Diane Miller, a standout pitcher in early 1990s for Missouri Southern softball
Barry Short of Mansfield High School, Three Rivers Community College and the New York Mets
Brad Simmons of Glendale High School and the Kansas City Royals
Kelly Snider of Hillcrest High School the Oklahoma Sooners and the Los Angeles Dodgers