Cardinals to Induct 2018 Hall of Fame Class This Saturday

2018 Class of Ray Lankford, Vince Coleman & Harry Brecheen to be Enshrined

During Ceremony at FOX Sports Midwest Live! at 3 p.m.

ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 15, 2018– The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones will celebrate the fifth annual induction ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.  Three Cardinals greats—Ray Lankford, Vince Coleman and Harry Brecheen—will be formally enshrined, joining the 37 current members. The event is free and open to the public.  All viewing space in Ballpark Village is first come, first served. #CardsHOF

WHAT:                 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Edward Jones

WHEN:                 Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.  Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

WHO:                   2018 Inductees Ray Lankford and Vince Coleman and family members of posthumous inductee Harry Brecheen; Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.; Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III; President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak; Cardinals Hall of Famers Ozzie SmithTony La Russa, Whitey HerzogBob GibsonMike Shannon, Ted Simmons, Bruce Sutter, Willie McGee and Chris Carpenter; and Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin

WHERE:               FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village

Timeline of Events

10:00 a.m. — Cardinals Museum opens

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Saturday Signings at the Cardinals Museum with Cardinals Hall of Famer Willie McGee, presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

11:00 a.m. — Ballpark Village opens

3:00 p.m. — 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony begins

4:15 p.m. — Gates open at Busch Stadium – Edward Jones Hall of Fame Mystery Baseball Cap (30,000 fans, ages 16+)

6:00 p.m. — Pregame ceremony honoring the new 2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees

6:15 p.m. — First Pitch (Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals)

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 extraordinary 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 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.  Each year, a new class is inducted into the Hall of Fame selected via a formal process which includes fans, a Red Ribbon Panel of baseball experts and the team.

Ray Lankford (Modern Era Player—Fan Selection)

Years: 1990 – 2001, 2004              .273/.365/.481, 1479 H, 928 R, 228 HR, 829 RBI, 250 SB (1580 Games)

Ray Lankford was known for his combination of speed and power during his 13 seasons in St. Louis.  Lankford recorded five 20-20 seasons (with four consecutive from 1995-1998) and ranks fifth all-time in club history in home runs and stolen bases.  He is the only player in Cardinals history with at least 200 home runs and 200 steals, and hit more home runs in Busch Stadium II than any other player (123).  The long-time Cardinal center fielder was named to the All-Star team in 1997 and still ranks in the all-time top-10 franchise leaders in Runs (9th), Total Bases (10th), Doubles (9th), Runs Batted In (8th), Walks (5th) and Game Winning-RBI (T-2nd).

Vince Coleman (Modern Era Player—Fan Selection)

Years: 1985 – 1990                          .265/.326/.339, 937 H, 549 SB, 556 R, 56 3B (878 Games)

Vince Coleman burst on to the scene in 1985 by stealing 110 bases as a rookie, an MLB record that still stands today, and winning National League Rookie of the Year honors.  Coleman would continue to lead the National League in stolen bases throughout his six seasons as the Cardinals primary left fielder while being named to two All-Star teams.  A member of two National League pennant winning teams in 1985 and 1987, Coleman’s 549 career stolen bases rank him second all-time in franchise history behind Lou Brock.

Harry Brecheen (Veteran Era Player—Red Ribbon Panel Selection)

Years: 1940, 1943 – 1952              128-79, 2.91 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 122 CG, 25 SHO, 1790.1 IP (292 Games)

Nicknamed “The Cat” for his quick, feline-like reflexes on the mound and excellent fielding, Brecheen came up through the Cardinals farm system and is best remembered for his devastating screwball-curveball combination.  He debuted with the club in 1940, but didn’t solidify his role in the starting rotation until 1943.  A two-time All-Star, Brecheen saved his best performances when the stakes were highest, helping the club to World Series Championships in 1944 and 1946.  In Cardinals World Series play, Brecheen ranks first in ERA (0.83, minimum 25.0 IP), second in wins (4) and complete games (3) and fifth in innings pitched (32.2).  For seven straight seasons (1944-1950) the southpaw ranked among the top eight NL pitchers allowing the fewest hits and walks (WHIP) per nine innings and the top ten for strikeout-to-walk ratio.  Brecheen still ranks in the top-10 of several of the club’s all-time pitching categories including wins (8th), earned run average (9th) and shutouts (4th).

Cardinals Hall of Fame Members

Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Sam Breadon, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., Chris Carpenter, Dizzy Dean, Jim Edmonds, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, George Kissell, Tony La Russa, Marty Marion, Pepper Martin, Tim McCarver, Willie McGee, Mark McGwire, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Terry Moore, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Mike Shannon, Ted Simmons, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth, Bruce Sutter and Joe Torre.

2018 Cardinals Hall of Fame Red Ribbon Selection Committee

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

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The 8,000-square-foot St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum 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.  Since its creation in 2014, the Cardinals Hall of Fame, presented by Edward Jones, has inducted 37 former Cardinal players, coaches and executives.  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 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archived photographs.  Fans can learn more about the museum at #CardsMuseum

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