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Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Details

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced details today about the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony, presented by Edward Jones, that will take place on Saturday, August 15th at 2PM at Fox Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.  The free event is open to fans of all ages.

The 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class of Ted Simmons, Bob Forsch, Curt Flood and George Kissell will be honored during the special enshrinement ceremony. This is the second induction class since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class on Opening Day in St. Louis in 2014. The 2015 Induction Class was selected via a formal process which includes fans, baseball experts and the team.

“We look forward to celebrating the achievements of these remarkable Cardinals as they permanently join the greatest names in Cardinals history within our Hall of Fame,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Fans won’t want to miss being part of this truly special celebration.”

KMOX will air a one-hour Hall of Fame Special hosted by Tom Ackerman at 4 p.m. Saturday.   FOX Sports Midwest will air a one-hour special on the Hall of Fame ceremony on Monday, Aug. 17. An encore presentation of last year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will air that day at 4 p.m., followed by a replay of the May unveiling of this year’s inductees. The 2015 Hall of Fame ceremony special will premiere at 5:30 p.m. Coverage of that night’s Cardinals-Giants contest at Busch follows at 6:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history, as well as those who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and must be retired as a player from Major League Baseball for at least three years. The eligible pool of players is divided into two categories, ‘modern players’ and ‘veteran players.’ If a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is classified as a veteran player.

Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones that is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s new museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public.

Chosen by the fans, Simmons and Forsch were the top two vote-getters in the online Cardinals Hall of Fame balloting presented by Edward Jones.  The ballot, which also included Cardinals legends Steve Carlton, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, and Joe Torre was selected by a Red Ribbon Panel of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process. More than 45,000 votes were cast by Cardinals fans over the six-week voting period.

In addition to nominating modern players for fan balloting, the Red Ribbon Panel of Cardinals baseball experts also elected legendary outfielder Curt Flood, a veteran player, for induction using a secret ballot process.  Flood was a standout defensive center fielder who helped the Cardinals to three World Series appearances and two World Series Championships in his twelve seasons with the club. In addition to his amazing career on the field, Flood’s refusal to accept a trade following the 1969 season played a historic role in paving the way toward modern player free agency.

Independent of the Red Ribbon Panel selection process, the Cardinals organization retains the right to annually induct an individual who has been an important figure in Cardinals history. This year’s selection is George Kissell, a lifetime Cardinal, who spent 66 seasons in the organization as a player, coach, scout and instructor.  Kissell’s techniques and methods made an impact at every level of the organization and defined what is now known as “The Cardinal Way.”   Following is a description of each Inductee’s career as a Cardinal:

Ted Simmons (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)

Years: 1968 – 1980                           .298 AVG, 172 HR, 929 RBIs

Ted Simmons played 13 seasons with the Cardinals, making his Major League debut at 18-years old in 1968.  He was a six-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger in 1980.  In 1975, Simmons set the National League record for hits by a catcher with 188.  He posted six seasons of 20 or more home runs and 10 consecutive seasons from 1971-80 with 75 or more RBI.  His 172 HR rank 9th and 929 RBI are 7th all-time in Cardinals franchise history.

Bob Forsch (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)

Years: 1974 – 1988                           163-127, 3.67 ERA, 1079 K’s

Bob Forsch played 15 seasons with the Cardinals, making 401 starts, ranking 2nd all-time to franchise history.  He threw two no-hitters, coming in 1978 and again in 1983, becoming the only pitcher in Cardinals history to throw two.  He played in three World Series (1982, 1985 & 1987), winning in 1982, a year in which he threw a three-hit shutout in the Cardinals first ever NLCS game.  The two-time Silver Slugger Award winner won 163 games for the Cardinals, ranking third in franchise history.

Curt Flood (Veteran Era Player – Red Ribbon Panel Selection)

Years: 1958 – 1969                                           .293 AVG, 85 HR, 636 RBI

Curt Flood was a standout defensive center fielder who helped the Cardinals to three World Series appearances (1964, 1967 & 1968) and two World Championships (1964 & 1967) during his 12 season in St. Louis.  Flood won seven consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove awards and was named to the NL All-Star team three times.  Flood’s refusal to accept a trade following the 1969 season led to a lawsuit against MLB challenging the reserve clause, which allowed owners to renew players’ contracts in perpetuity.  While Flood’s case was unsuccessful, it paved the way for other players to unify and ultimately defeat the reserve clause, leading to free agency.

George Kissell (Team Selection)

Years: 1940 – 1942, 1946 – 2008

A lifetime Cardinal, Kissell spent 66 seasons in the organization as a player, coach, scout and instructor.  Kissell’s only time away from the team was when he served in the United States Navy.  Kissell’s techniques and methods made an impact at every level of the organization and defined what is now known as “the Cardinal Way.”  Kissell’s knowledge of the game’s fundamentals, innovative drills to reinforce skills and techniques, and his down-to-earth demeanor transformed the careers of many players.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame Members

Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., Dizzy Dean, Jim Edmonds, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, Tony La Russa, Marty Marion, Willie McGee, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Mike Shannon, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth and Bruce Sutter.

The 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame “Red Ribbon” Selection Panel

Tom Ackerman,  Frank Cusumano,  Derrick Goold, Whitey Herzog, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker,  Martin Kilcoyne, Jenifer Langosch,  Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Joe Ostermeier, Rob Rains, Red Schoendienst, Joe Strauss and Brian Walton.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum (#CardsMuseum)

The 8,000 square foot state-of-the art St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, which is on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 20,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. Fans can learn more about the museum, hours of operation and admission at cardinals.com/museum.

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, presented by Edward Jones

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history, as well as those who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones that is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s new museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. On Opening Day 2014, the Cardinals dedicated the Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class, consisting of 22 Cardinals who are either enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame as Cardinals or whose number has been retired by the club. Last August, the 2014 Induction Class of Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee, Mike Shannon and Marty Marion was the first class to be inducted into the new Hall of Fame that was selected via a formal process which includes fans, baseball experts and the team.  Fans can learn more by visiting www.cardinals.com/hof.

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24 Responses to “Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Details”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Mo has opportunistically been able to add three reinforcement veterans in late July. A pretty good haul. A first baseman and left fielder with power (106 ML dingers). Two relief pitchers who have had a lot of success.
    Moss should get a lot of play in a platoon with Reynolds at first base. The reliever from the Marlins has already been helpful for bullpen depth. Broxton was cheap to pickup, costing only a kid struggling to hit in the Appalachian league.

    With Tyler Walden’s health iffy and with Holliday reinjured, its good to add depth

    • blingboy says:

      There might be some misunderstanding about my previous remarks concerning Piscotty. They should be interpreted to mean I thought he would flash some stick and be an impact bat up in the order.

      As Brian has pointed out, Moss leads the team in taters with 15 on the season. His 50 RBI is only 1 behind team leaders Peralta and Carpenter.

      In last night’s game he was making good contact, squaring it up, he just hit it at them. Needs to improve his aim. He did not strike out, unlike Bourjos.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Moss is a good pickup for what we need. He also gives us depth and choice in 2016, in case Adams is susceptible to reinjury.

    • blingboy says:

      Giving up one of our top prospects (mid-rotation ceiling) is not insignificant.

      The return:

      1) We might have upgraded 1B, if Moss can do anything besides make loud outs,

      2) Upgraded the bench with Reynolds.

      3) Set us up for more lineup options and a better bench if/when Holliday returns.

      4) Looking ahead, potentially improved 1B options for next year.

      Since the Cardinals were already a virtual lock to make post-season, we didn’t improve our chances there. If Moss can at least equal Reynolds’s production, then we have improved our chances of going deep in the playoffs by at least upgrading our bench, which was stunningly woeful once Holliday went down. For one thing, we would have had nothing but an automatic out to use as the 9th hitter in DH games.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Glad we got Grichuk for David Freese. A win win.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Compliments are also owed to Mo for landing SS Peralta. where on earth would we be without him? Imagine if Pete Kozma were batting cleanup. Some fans might find that rough to endure.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Grichuk seems a throwback to the likes of Pukols or McGwire. He can hit. It is pleasant to watch him do his thing. We might have three guys reach 20 hrss, grickuk, per alga and carpenter

      • blingboy says:

        The Grich is hitting one every 20 ABs this year, so he should get 20 easy if he stays healthy.

        • Nutlaw says:

          If he had enough PAs to qualify, Grichuk would have the fifth highest slugging percentage in all of baseball right now. He leads the Cardinals with a .913 OPS. The next highest on the team is Matt Carpenter with an .834. It is a crime for him to be batting any lower than fifth in the order. I hope that we’re past that phase.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Speaking of homers or even the lack of them, I saw an interesting stat on tv. It was number of at bats since last home run. Pete Kozma was third Its been 504 at bats since Mr. September connected. He was behind Kyle Lohse, who has not homered in 507 at bats. Yikes

    • Brian Walton says:

      It may take Lohse longer to break that streak, as he has been taken out of Milwaukee’s rotation. He had been scheduled to start on Friday against the Cardinals, but was replaced by a rookie, Tyler Cravy.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Will the Cards exercise their option on LHP Jaime Garcia?
    If he goes over 100 innings for the year and continues to be excellent, then Garcia would be good value at $11.5MM during 2016

    • Brian Walton says:

      My guess is they will decide between Garcia and Lackey. Garcia is clearly the better pitcher and is younger, but carries the inherent injury risk.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        There is an unusual situation with Garcia. We own option year control on him for 2016 and again for 2017. If he continues to show eat innings and show that his shoulder or other pains have abated, then it would seem hard not to exercise the first option year. A fine proven starting pitcher for $11.5MM would seem a good deal for the Cards, plus if he pitches well n 2016, we could pick up the second option thereafter at team friendly price.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          We could exercise an option on Garcia, to turn him into a trading chip. If we do not exercise an option, however, he escapes into free agency and we have nothing.
          If we want to reward Lackey, we could resign him if he is willing and trade Garcia. Both are having a fine 2015.

          • Brian Walton says:

            Or hold them both and wait for another injury.

            I was far less bullish on this idea earlier, but Marco Gonzales’ shoulder is concerning. If Tim Cooney has to begin next year at Triple-A, it would not be the end of the world.

            • JumboShrimp says:

              Plenty more games to be pitched before seasons end, so the situation is fluid. But right now, picking up an option year on Garcia’s contract is plausible. He might command higher salary if allowed into the veteran free agent marketplace.

  6. LarryBird says:

    I just found out something interesting.
    The Peoria Chiefs do not get FSM! They get just about every other channel but not FSM! They can actually watch the Cardinal game tonight because it is on FS1!

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    Its unusual when a leadoff hitter, Carpenter, is leading a team in RBIs (57).

    • blingboy says:

      And in home runs. Well, tied in home runs. With our shortstop.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Last month, a number of the Twitter experts had equated Carpenter to Allen Craig. Now they are praising him.

      • blingboy says:

        It will be interesting if we ever find out what was bothering him. The fatigue thing and the extended slump during which he did not look like himself at all. Even now, his eye for the zone seems a bit off still, taking third strikes and swinging at balls that are not close.

        As I type he breaks the tie with his 17th, a mighty 3 run blast to erase a 2 run deficit and put us up by a run in the 7th.

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