Happy birthday to Cardinal broadcaster Mike Shannon, who turns 78 tomorrow. If you have listened to St. Louis Cardinal Baseball since 1962, you have heard about him playing for the Redbirds or have heard him broadcasting the Cardinal games. Here are some interesting facts about Mike that you may not know.
As a kid, I always brought my baseball glove to the ballgames I went to watch. Like any other kid, I wanted to catch a foul ball if it was hit toward me. Well, it never happened for me in my youth. I had to catch them while playing later.
The Quincy Gems are preparing to hold five large fireworks displays after games conclude on June 30, July 1, 3, 8 and 15. As a result, their parking lot on Sycamore Street will not be available on those dates.
Sunday is the eve of the Major League Baseball Draft and hundreds of collegiate and high school baseball players around the country will go to bed that night as amateurs and wake up with anticipation of being selected Monday by a Major League franchise. Such was the case for now Quincy University Head Baseball Coach Josh Rabe back in 2000.
So there I was Wednesday night standing behind home plate, a position I was so familiar with some 35 years ago, waiting for one Dennis Oliver to deliver the opening pitch of the night at the Quincy Gems home opener. It brought back so many memories for me to be behind the plate once again.
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