St. Louis Cardinals announce 2020 Hall of Fame Class

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ST. LOUIS, Mo.,
May 22, 2020
– In a televised special on FOX Sports Midwest this evening,
the St. Louis Cardinals announced that Tom Herr,
John Tudor and Bill White will be inducted into
the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.  This is the seventh induction class
since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an inaugural class on
Opening Day in 2014.  Details regarding a formal induction ceremony for
the 2020 Induction Class will be announced at a later date.

Chosen
by the fans, Tom Herr and John Tudor were the top two-vote getters in the
Cardinals Hall of Fame online balloting presented by Edward Jones.  The
ballot, which also included Cardinals legends Steve Carlton, Keith Hernandez,
Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria and Lee Smith, was selected by a Red Ribbon
committee of St. Louis baseball experts through a secret ballot process. 
Cardinals fans cast a record 113,000 votes over the nine-week voting period.

In addition to
nominating modern players for fan balloting, the Red Ribbon Committee also
elected Bill White, a veteran player, for induction using a secret ballot
process.  White, a Gold Glove first baseman and African-American pioneer,
was a starter for the Cardinals from 1959-1965 and returned to finish his
career in 1969.  The 1964 World Champion would later become the first
black president of a major sports league when he was named National League
President in 1989.

“Selecting the members of the Cardinals Hall of
Fame Induction Class is one of our organization’s greatest traditions,” said
Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and CEO.  “We thank the over 100,000
fans and our Red Ribbon Committee who cast their votes for this year’s
induction class and look forward to celebrating the achievements of these
remarkable players with Cardinals Nation very soon.”

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 exceptional contributions to the
organization.  To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals
for at least three seasons and must be retired as a player from Major League
Baseball for at least three years.  The eligible pool of players is
divided into two categories of “modern players” and “veteran players”.  If
a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is
classified as a veteran player.

Each member of the
Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the 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
Cardinals Museum.  The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the
public.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/HOF
for more information.  #CardsHOF

The following is a
description of each Inductee’s career as a Cardinal:

Tom Herr (Modern
Era Player — Fan Selection)

Years: 1979 –
1988                         
.274/.349/.354, 1021 H, 179 2B, 31 3B, 498 R, 152 SB (1029 Games)

Making his debut the
same night Lou Brock clubbed his 3,000th career hit, Tom Herr made his mark on
one of the most popular eras of Cardinals baseball.  He led the National
League in both fielding percentage and assists as a second baseman in 1981 and
finished in the top-three in double plays turned in six of his 10 seasons in
St. Louis.  Herr’s finest offensive season came in 1985 when he was named
to the All-Star team and finished fifth in NL MVP voting after finishing in the
league’s top-ten in on-base percentage, batting average, hits, doubles, runs
batted in and walks.  That season he had 110 RBI and only eight home runs,
making him the last player in NL history to reach 100+ RBI with less than 10
HR. A fan favorite of the Whiteyball era, Herr may best be remembered for
hitting a 10th inning walk-off grand slam against the New York Mets on “Seat
Cushion Night” at Busch Stadium, resulting in thousands of fans hurling their
cushions onto the field.

John Tudor
(Modern Era Player — Fan Selection)

Years: 1985 – 1988,
1990             
62-26, 2.52 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 22 CG, 12 SHO, 881.2 IP (125 Games Started)

During his five
seasons in a Cardinals uniform, John Tudor accumulated a .705 winning percentage
and 2.52 ERA over 125 starts, both of which still stand as all-time Cardinals
records (minimum 750.0 IP).  The left-hander’s finest season came during
his first year with the club in 1985 when he won 21 games (including a
mind-blowing 20-1 record after June 1) with a miniscule 1.93 ERA and 10
complete game shutouts, and finished second in National League Cy Young
voting.  A member of two National League pennant-winning teams in 1985 and
1987, Tudor had a 3.16 ERA over nine post-season starts for the
Cardinals.  Tudor would go on to win at least 10 games in each of the four
full seasons he pitched for the Redbirds and remains the only pitcher to reach
double-digit shutouts in a single season in the last 45 years.

Bill
White (Veteran Era Player — Red Ribbon Panel Selection)

Years: 1959 – 1965,
1969             
.298/.357/.472, 1241 H, 209 2B, 140 HR, 843 R, 870 RBI (1113 Games)

Acquired via trade two
weeks before the start of the 1959 season, Bill White would go on to spend the
next seven years in the Cardinals starting lineup.  The left-handed first
baseman was named an All-Star in five of those seven seasons, and was part of
the all-Cardinals starting infield in the 1963 All-Star Game. After setting
career highs in batting average (.324) and OPS (.868) in 1962, White returned
with an even better year in 1963, establishing career bests in hits (200), runs
(106), home runs (27) and RBI (109).  The next year, White finished third
in NL MVP voting after putting up another 20+ HR and 100+ RBI season as the Cardinals
won their first World Series title in 18 seasons.  In addition to his
prowess at the plate, White earned six consecutive Gold Glove Awards from
1960-1965.  While playing for the Cardinals, White worked part-time for
KMOX, a precursor to him becoming the first African-American play-by-play
broadcaster for a major league team in 1971 and the first African-American
president of a major sports league (National League President) in 1989.

— Cardinals Press Release —