A few days ago, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the three players being selected as the 2017 Class for the Cards Hall of Fame. With how storied the Cardinals franchise is, this is an honor for players.
The class is headlined by Mark McGwire, followed by Tim McCarver and Pepper Martin. The leading vote getters were McGwire and McCarver, after over 40,000 votes were casted. McGwire, known for his power hitting in St. Louis, while Martin and McCarver are known for their World Series performances with the St. Louis Cardinals.
As I mentioned how big of an honor this is for players, here is proof: McGwire said he was “speechless,” when hearing the news that he would be apart of the class. McGwire also stating how honored he is to wear the red jacket, and being in a class of Cardinals legends.
McCarver is the only Cardinal to catch two World Series Winning Game sevens in the organization. Also, a two-time All-Star with the Cardinals. To say the least, he was an integral part of the Cardinals in the 1960’s.
Martin was a good player for the Cardinals in their early World Series runs. Kind of a similar situation to McCarver, although all three of these guys have different cases entirely. One thing that Martin did do that the other two didn’t is spend his entire career with the Cardinals, very loyal for thirteen seasons.
This year’s class is smaller and much different from the Class in 2016. The 2016 Cards HOF included Chris Carpenter, Joe Torre, Terry Moore, and Sam Breadon. This year’s class has a couple of old timers and only three guys total, as well as a power hitter who only played five seasons in St. Louis.
Overall, these classes are always prestigious due to how great the organization has always been over the years. And there are many more guys who are eligible for years to come, and some who will be eligible for it soon, fun classes to come for the Cards HOF.