Keith Hernandez elected to Cardinals Hall of Fame

By , NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals announced that the newest member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is former first baseman Keith Hernandez. He won the online poll held earlier this year and will become the 47th member of the "Red Jacket Club."

Hernandez will join the 2020 Class of Tom Herr, John Tudor and Bill White for induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during an enshrinement ceremony on August 21.

He called it a "great honor" to be named a Cardinals Hall of Famer, mentioning his great knowledge of the franchise's history thanks to a special connection.

"My father and Stan Musial served in World War II together at Pearl Harbor in the Navy," Hernandez says. "They played on the Navy team together and Stan left us tickets when I was an 8-year-old, 9-year-old at Candlestick Park when they came to play the Giants. So, I was sold on the Cardinals."

Keith Hernandez (1B) – Years with Cardinals: 1974 – 1983                              
CAREER NUMBERS: .299/.385/.448, 1217 H, 265 2B, 81 HR, 595 RBI, 662 R (1165 Games)

Hernandez played 10 seasons with the Cardinals, winning six straight Gold Gloves from 1978-1983 at first base. He was a National League co-MVP in 1979, batting a league leading .344 with 48 doubles, 11 home runs and 105 RBI.

The two-time All-Star was a member of the 1982 World Championship team and batted .299 that season with 94 RBI. Hernandez’s .385 on-base percentage ranks fifth all-time among Cardinals hitters to have played at least 10 seasons with the club.

Hernandez won the online vote, beating out former Cardinals greats Steve Carlton, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria and Lee Smith.

Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public.

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