Red, Whitey, TLR to be honored in Cooperstown

Two of them have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame and the third will be, and all have managed the St. Louis Cardinals to World Championships. Now, Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa will be honored together as part of the Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 21 in Cooperstown. The event is held during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend at Doubleday Field the day before the induction ceremony. The announcement was made by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday.

Schoendienst led the 1967 Cardinals to the title and he was inducted into the Hall in 1989. Herzog’s 1982 club won the World Series while he joined the Hall in 2010. La Russa’s St. Louis teams took it all in 2006 and 2011. Along with the three legends, the World Series trophy will be on hand.

The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation honors the recipients of the Museum’s broadcasting and baseball writing awards. Tim McCarver is the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award winner for excellence in baseball broadcasting, and Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun will be given the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

When Cardinals fans visit Cooperstown this year, there is also a special exhibit to catch. Several items from the Cardinals’ seven-game Series victory are included in the Autumn Glory World Series-focused exhibit. They include the bat used by David Freese to hit the Game Six walk-off home run and his jersey shredded by his teammates; a jersey worn by Chris Carpenter in the Series, spikes worn by Albert Pujols in Game Three of the World Series; and other objects paying tribute to the Fall Classic. The Cardinals exhibit will be on display through the 2012 postseason.

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