2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class Announced

2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class Announced

3-time All-Star Slugger Mark McGwire & 2-time World Series Champ Tim McCarver Voted in by Fans. Iconic Gashouse Gang Leader and Career Cardinal Pepper Martin Also To Be Enshrined.

In a television special on FOX Sports Midwest this evening, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that Mark McGwire, Tim McCarver and Pepper Martin will be inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones on Saturday, August 26, at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village. This is the fourth induction class since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class on Opening Day in St. Louis in 2014. The 2017 Induction Class was selected via a formal voting process which included fans and St. Louis baseball experts.

Years: 1997 - 2001 
Mark McGwire finished his playing career in 2001 with St. Louis after joining the club via trade on July 31, 1997. In 1998, McGwire captured the world's attention with the "Race for the Record," breaking Major League Baseball's previous single-season home run total of 61 set by Roger Maris by hitting 70 homers. He blasted 220 career home runs with the Cardinals, ranking sixth in franchise history, and lead the Majors in home runs in both 1998 and 1999 (65), the top two season totals in Cardinals history. He set the Cardinals single season walk mark with 162 in 1998 and had back-to-back seasons of 147 RBI in '98 and '99, ranking third in Cardinals history. He was a three-time All-Star while with St. Louis (1998-2000) and won a Silver Slugger award in 1998

Years: 1959 - 1961, 1963 - 1969, 1973 - 1974 
Tim McCarver began his major league career in St. Louis and notched three World Series appearances (1964, 1967, 1968) and two All-Star Game selections (1966, 1967) during his 12 years with the Cardinals. An all-around talent behind the plate, he led the National League in triples in 1966 (13), fielding percentage for catchers in 1965 and 1967 and finished second in National League MVP voting in 1967. In Cardinals World Series play, McCarver ranks second in hits (23); third in RBI (11) and walks (10); first in triples (3); fifth in batting average (.311); and is the only catcher in franchise history to have caught two title-winning World Series Game 7's

Years: 1928, 1930-1940, 1944 
Pepper Martin came up through the Cardinals farm system and became known as the heart and soul of the iconic Gashouse Gang. He debuted with the club in 1928 and made a brief return in 1930 before solidifying his role in the lineup a year later. He came up biggest when the stakes were highest, helping the club to World Series championships in 1931 and 1934. In Cardinals World Series play, Martin ranks first in average (.418) and doubles (7); second in hits (23), runs (14) and stolen bases (7); and fourth in total bases (35). He was named to four National League All-Star teams (1933, 1934, 1935 and 1937, led the league in stolen bases on three occasions (1933, 1934 and 1936) and scored the most runs in the National League in 1933