ST. LOUIS -- Three former standout Cardinals players will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame this year, as part of the seventh induction class since its creation in 2014. FOX Sports Midwest made the televised announcement Friday.
Tom Herr and John Tudor were chosen by the fans as the top two vote-getters in the online balloting this spring. Bill White was the veteran player selected by the Red Ribbon committee. They will join the 43 members already inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in a ceremony, the date for which will be announced later.
The modern-day ballot nominees were selected by a Red Ribbon committee, consisting of media members and former Cardinals managers, and were voted on by the fans, with a record 113,000 participants this year. Along with Herr and Tudor, the ballot also included Steve Carlton, Keith Hernandez, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria and Lee Smith. The Red Ribbon committee also votes on a veteran player to induct each year using a secret balloting process.
Here is a closer look at the inductees and their careers as a Cardinal:
Years with the Cardinals: 1979-88
Part of the 1982 World Series team, as well as the ’85 and ’87 pennant-winning clubs, Herr led the National League in both fielding percentage and assists by a second baseman in 1981 and finished in the top three in double plays turned in five of his 10 seasons in St. Louis. His best offensive season was in 1985, when he made the All-Star team and finished fifth in NL MVP voting. That year, he had 110 RBIs and just eight home runs -- making him the last player in NL history to have at least 100 RBIs with fewer than 10 home runs.
Years with the Cardinals: 1985-88, 1990
Tudor still holds the Cardinals’ record for winning percentage (.705) and ERA (2.52) among pitchers with a minimum of 750 innings. The left-hander finished second in Cy Young voting after posting a 1.93 ERA and 10 shutouts in 1985. Tudor was Herr’s teammate and also a member of two NL pennant-winning teams. He won at least 10 games in each of the four full seasons he pitched in St. Louis.
Years as a Cardinal: 1959-65, 1969
An All-Star in five of his seasons as a Cardinal, White was part of the all-Cardinals starting infield in the 1963 All-Star Game. The left-handed first baseman won six consecutive Gold Gloves from 1960-65 and helped the Cardinals to their first World Series title in 18 years in 1964. He finished third in the NL MVP voting that year after hitting .303 with 21 home runs and 102 RBIs. From 1962-64, White hit .310/.367/.482 and averaged 104 RBIs a season. While playing for the Cardinals, White worked part-time for KMOX, a precursor to him becoming the first African American play-by-play broadcaster for a Major League team in 1971 and the first African American president of a major sports league, when he became president of the NL in 1989.
Cardinals Hall of Fame members
Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Sam Breadon, Harry Brecheen, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. Busch Jr., Chris Carpenter, Vince Coleman, Mort Cooper, Dizzy Dean, Jim Edmonds, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, Jason Isringhausen, George Kissell, Tony La Russa, Ray Lankford, Marty Marion, Pepper Martin, Tim McCarver, Willie McGee, Mark McGwire, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Terry Moore, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Scott Rolen, Red Schoendienst, Mike Shannon, Ted Simmons, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth, Bruce Sutter, Joe Torre