Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest
By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 8/21/13
ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Shannon, the former St. Louis Cardinals third baseman who has been a broadcaster for the team for more than 40 years, is recovering after heart surgery. The Cardinals said Wednesday that Shannon, 74, is resting comfortably. The team said he had successful surgery Monday to replace his aorta valve. "I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, heartfelt well wishes and kind words. It means a lot to me," Shannon said in a statement through the team. "I'm looking forward to getting back in the booth and back to the game I love." A rotation of Cardinals announcers will sit in for Shannon as he recovers. Al Hrabosky and Rick Horton of FOX Sports Midwest and Mike Claiborne will join John Rooney in the radio booth through Sept. 23, when Shannon plans to return to the booth. Shannon played on three World Series teams during a nine-year career from 1962 to 1970, all with St. Louis. He hit .255 with 68 homers for his career. He joined the radio broadcast starting in 1972, paired for many years with Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck.
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