Shannon has become a beloved broadcaster among St. Louis Cardinals fans, having been raised in Gateway City, having played with the Cardinals during some of its most successul years, operating an area restaurant, and having broadcasted games over the radio for the entire lifetime of many young fans.
Shannon received an Emmy Award for his work on Cardinal broadcasts in 1985, Shannon is a 1999 inductee of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. http://www.mosportshalloffame.com/inductee_detail/Mike+Shannon/181
Shannon also hosts a local sports talk show after each Cardinals home game from his self-titled restaurant.
Shannon is also known for a number of trademark phrases:
"You can't sneak the Sun past the rooster." -- when opposing pitchers are victimized by a Cardinals batter
"Ol' Abner's done it again!" -- a reference to Abner Doubleday, to describe a close and dramatic game
"Deuces Wild" -- a 2 strike, 2 ball count on the batter with 2 on and 2 out; a phrase he took from Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.
Other facets of Shannon's distinct style include excessive description of the pitcher's mound habits, particularly in late innings: ie. "Izzy tugs at his cap, rubs up the baseball and climbs on top..." when closer Jason Isringhausen is attempting to preserve a lead.
He often refers to batters "holding it [the bat] down on the end" or "down on the knob" as they await the pitch.
He is known for his "get up baby, get up" call when a Cardinal player hits a home run.
Throughout his career Shannon has compiled an impressive list of malapropisms and odd statements known affectionately as "Shannonisms." It was often thought that most of Mike's gaffes occurred in late innings after one too many drinks, but it is far more likely that they are simply a result of his homespun style and, even after more than thirty years of work, exceedingly rough professional edges.
"A hit up the middle right now would be like a nice ham sandwich and a cold, frosty one."
"He's faster than a chicken being chased by Ronald McDonald!"
"Izzy's like a wild hare in March, running all over the lot!"
"Coco Crisp, now, wouldn't that be a great name for a cereal?"
"He ran to second faster than a cat in Chinatown."
"Well folks, this game began as a tiny worm and is blossoming into a large cobra."
"He was trying to hit a three-run homer with the bases empty. To my knowledge, no one in the history of the game has ever done that. But it could happen someday. You never know in this world of baseball."
"And Matt Lawton is stuck in the desert without a paddle"
"The outfield is deep and playing him straight-away and the infield is the same except first, second, third and short are playing him to pull."
"Pitcher and catcher talk it over. He says, "Look, we're up by six. If he wants to steal third, let him. If he wants to steal home, let him. If he wants to steal from the cookie jar, he can have that, too."
"They've got a guy named Diaz (Die-az) and we've got a Diaz (Dee-az), and they're both spelled the same, I tell you, folks, English is a strange language."
"We have Rick Ankiel on the mound tonight, pitching on his twenty-first birthday. Yes, sir, folks, this young man, just as of today, is old enough to vote!"
"Look at that moon. If you people in St. Louis could see this moon."
"The count is two-two. Everyone needs a tutu."