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St. Louis Cardinals announce 2020 Hall of Fame Class

May 22, 2020

World Champion 2B Tom Herr and Franchise E.R.A. Leader John Tudor Voted In By Fans Eight-Time All-Star and Six-Time Gold Glove 1B Bill White Also To Be Enshrined

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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.

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 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 Hall of Fame Members (43)

Jim Bottomley
Ken Boyer
Sam Breadon
Harry Brecheen
Lou Brock
Jack Buck
August A. Busch Jr.
Chris Carpenter
Vince Coleman
Mort Cooper
Dizzy Dean
Jim Edmonds
Curt Flood
Bob Forsch
Frankie Frisch
Bob Gibson
Chick Hafey
Jesse Haines
Whitey Herzog
Rogers Hornsby
Jason Isringhausen
George Kissell
Ray Lankford
Tony LaRussa
Marty Marion
Pepper Martin
Tim McCarver
Willie McGee
Mark McGwire
Joe Medwick
Johnny Mize
Terry Moore
Stan Musial
Branch Rickey
Scott Rolen
Red Schoendienst
Mike Shannon
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter
Ozzie Smith
Billy Southworth
Bruce Sutter
Joe Torre

2020 Cardinals Hall of Fame Red Ribbon Selection Committee (15)

Tom Ackerman, Frank Cusumano, Derrick Goold, Whitey Herzog, Benjamin Hochman, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker, Martin Kilcoyne, Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Joe Ostermeier, Rob Rains, Anne Rogers, Joe Torre and Brian Walton.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The 8,000-square-foot St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. Since its creation in 2014, the Cardinals Hall of Fame, presented by Edward Jones, has inducted 43 former Cardinals players, coaches and executives. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archived photos. Fans can learn more about the museum at #CardsMuseum



NFL Key Upcoming Dates

  • Deadline for prior club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA’s “June 15 Tender” provision.
  • Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting “June 15 Tender” of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms
  • At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension.





Rock Legends Meet, Perform Virtually To Give Miller Lite Carb Day Spirit to Indy 500 Fans



Special Video Available Now on IMS YouTube Channel, Social Media

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 22, 2020 – Fans of music and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge can enjoy a special treat starting today, as some of the world’s biggest rock stars joined Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles and 2018 race winner Will Power for a Miller Lite Carb Day Rock ‘n Roll Reunion available now online.

The fun conversation with the legendary musicians, nearly all of whom have performed at past Miller Lite Carb Day concerts at IMS, serves as the feature piece of #500atHome’s Virtual Miller Lite Carb Day activities Friday, May 22. The video is available here at the IMS YouTube channel.

Music legends joining Boles virtually in the Miller Lite Carb Day Rock ‘n Roll Reunion include:

•Bret Michaels of Poison (Performed on Miller Lite Carb Day in 2013)

•Don Barnes of 38 Special (2015)

•Kelly Hansen of Foreigner (2019)

•Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon (scheduled for 2020 but canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic)

Power, an avid drummer, asked the musicians questions, took advice and got singing lessons from the group which collectively has sold more than 175 million albums around the world.

Sammy Hagar, who headlined Miller Lite Carb Day in 2014, was unable to join the Zoom chat but sent race fans and his rock ‘n roll friends a special message, as did Journey lead guitarist Neal Schon, who performed on Miller Lite Carb Day in 2016 and sent a tribute video from his performance during the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Boles hosted the group of legends to give race fans missing the typical Miller Lite Carb Day music a little extra rock ‘n roll spirit as the state of Indiana works toward getting Back on Track. The group chatted about their lives as performers and reminisced about their Miller Lite Carb Day performances at the Racing Capital of the World.

“I think I speak for all of us when I say that it’s not lost on us that the people who are race fans are classic rock fans, and we love them for that,” said Hansen, the lead singer of Foreigner, which headlined last year’s Carb Day concert. “From open-wheel to NASCAR to motorcycles to anything like that, these people have really been staunch supporters, and they really know how to put their fists and the air and have a good time. So, we’re always happy to play for race fans.”

The conversation ended with a group karaoke of Poison’s chart-topping single “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Michaels sang and played guitar as Barnes, Hansen, Cronin and Power joined him in singing the iconic chorus for race fans around the country.

Power also will be featured on a special Miller Lite Carb Day Drivers and Drums chat with world-renown drummer Kenny Aronoff this evening, Friday, May 22. The video will premiere on all IMS social media channels at 8 p.m. (ET).

Amateur drummer Power and Aronoff, who has performed with superstars including John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and many more, discussed the unique similarities the two have as a race car driver and a musician. Aronoff also gave Power tips to improve his impressive drumming skills. They ended their chat with a virtual drum session in which Aronoff and Power rocked out with each other from their homes.

These fun videos are part of the #500AtHome program of Race Weekend activities, which culminate with the “Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again” at 2 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 24 on NBC. That special television program, hosted by Mike Tirico, features a replay of the thrilling 2019 race featuring in-depth commentary from winner Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi, and many other Race Day traditions and pageantry.

The 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge was postponed to Sunday, Aug. 23 from this Sunday due to the global health crisis.




Ohio State Fencing Team member Gabriela Cecchini earns CoSIDA Academic All-District honors

Fri, May 22, 2020 10:44 am


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Big Ten Distinguished Scholar was a three-time All-American

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gabriela Cecchini, a senior on the Ohio State women’s fencing team, has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large First Team. As a first team selection, she advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program recognizes the nation’s top athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and the classroom.

Gabriela Cecchini

Cecchini was a three-time All-American, with two second team accolades, and had two Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. She was a three-time NCAA qualifier, posting Top 5 finishes at NCAA Regionals each time she competed. Cecchini finished eighth at the 2018 NCAA Championships and ninth the following year; in 2020, she earned a return trip but was unable to compete when the championships were canceled. The team’s foil captain, she earned First Team All-Midwest Conference honors twice after finishing as runner-up in both 2019 and ’20. She was a member of three MFC team overall championships along with a women’s team title in 2020 when overall team champions were not recognized.


Cecchini is a finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given to the top senior male and female student-athletes on each Big Ten campus. She graduated with a double major in economics and political science and a minor in world literatures in Spring 2020. She earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades. In addition, Cecchini received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the Buckeye fencing program in 2019.