I have shared a couple in the Friday Cubs game topic. But I’ll share one more. I cannot remember his name, but there was a pitcher back in the 60’s I think who had something in his contract about walks deducting from his salary. Well, he came up with the idea to plunk anyone when got to 3-0 or similar count. From Shannon’s description he was a very tall pitcher.
I like the story Tim McCarver tells of Mike playing right field on the ball Mickey Mantle hit to win game 3 of the 1964 World Series. There is a video of it and Tim is talking about it, as Mick hit a Barney Schultz knuckleball into the upper deck in Yankee Stadium.
Tim goes, “And what is Mike Shannon doing?” Shannon was climbing the fence attempting to catch the ball. Tim is like “Mike, that ball is 100 feet over your head?!! ”
In ’85 I was listening to a Cardinal-Cub broadcast and Jack Buck tells Shannon, “Say something to make those Cub fans mad.” And Shannon says in a dead panned tone, “They’ll never repeat.” The Cubs won the division in ’84 as everyone knows, and almost went to the World Series.
Many extra innings into the middle of the night way back in the 80’s?, I remember Jack saying Mike I will take it from here. As I recall Mike was really scuffling with the english language at that point of the night. Mike was done for the night. Sure gonna miss that man’s voice.
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