The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the three new members who have been chosen to be their Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Two former Cardinals were chosen via an online vote (Vince Coleman and Ray Lankford) and one former player (Harry Breechen) via the team’s “Red Ribbon Committee”, which is comprised of baseball writers, historians, officials and Hall of Famers.
Vince Coleman patrolled Leftfield for St. Louis in the first six seasons of his MLB career (1985-90). Coleman was the best base stealer in the National League during that time frame leading the league thefts every single season as a Redbird. Named the Rookie of the Year in 1985, Coleman was a two time All Star (1988 & 1989).
Ray Lankford played 13 of his 15 seasons for St. Louis. An All Star in 1997, Lankford had 238 Home Runs with 258 Stolen Bases with a 37.7 bWAR over his Cardinals tenure.
Coleman and Lankford beat out Scott Rolen, Lee Smith, John Tudor, Keith Hernandez and Jason Isringhausen.
Harry Beechen pitched for the Cardinals in 1940 and from 1943 to 1952. Fro, ’44 to ’49 Beechen would record 14 Wins and he was an All Star in both 1947 and 1948. His ’48 campaign saw him win 20 Games and the ERA, FIP, WHIP and SO/BB title with a fifth place finish in MVP voting. Beechen also helped St. Louis win two World Series (1944 & 1946) and his overall record with the Cardinals was 128 and 79 with a 39.9 bWAR.
The class will be officially inducted on August 18.
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