First baseman Keith Hernandez, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1982 world championship team, is the newest elected member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame.
Hernandez will join the three members of the 2020 induction class – second baseman Tom Herr, pitcher John Tudor and first baseman Bill White – in a joint enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 21. The induction of the 2020 class was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hernandez was the top vote-getter among five nominees: Hernandez, pitcher Steve Carlton, pitcher Matt Morris, shortstop Edgar Renteria and pitcher Lee Smith.
Hernandez played for the Cardinals from 1974-83. He won NL Gold Glove awards in six straight seasons (1978-83), was a two-time All-Star and was named NL co-Most Valuable Player in 1979, when he batted a league-leading .344 with 11 home runs and 105 RBIs. He batted .299 with 94 RBIs in the team’s 1982 World Series-winning season.
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