Sportscaster Bob Costas on the field before a game

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Bob Costas Remembers St. Louis Roots On KMOX With Mike Shannon, John Rooney

The soon-to-be-inducted baseball Hall of Famer joined KMOX during the rain delay of last night's Cardinals game.

June 26, 2018 - 8:35 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Last night ended as a celebration of the St. Louis Cardinals 10,000th regular season victory in franchise victory, but it began as a tribute to former KMOX broadcaster and Baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Costas. He is was named the 2018 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award and will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on July 28. 

Costas, the 42nd winner of the award, received the highest point total in a vote conducted by the Hall of Fame's 15-member selection committee. The award is given annually to a candidate who displays "excellence in broadcasting." He will be recognized for his achievements during the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2018.

He threw out the first pitch before Monday's game, to fellow Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith: 

And he had his own bobblehead, which thousands of Cardinals fans went home with last night:

The game was delayed due to rain, which gave Costas a chance to join KMOX: 

Here were some of the best moments: 

Costas' Hall of Fame speech plans

Costas will be apart of MLB's largest Hall of Fame class since the first one in 1936, which included players like Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson and Ty Cobb. This year includes Costas, Chipper Jones, Vlad Guerrero, Jim Thome, Trevor Hoffman, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell.

Costas says he's got an idea of a few stories he'd like to share, but says he's glad he won't have to compete for time or attention on the same day as the players speeches. He will speak the day before the players give their speeches. 

"I don't care if Lincoln got up an recited the Gettysburgh Address, people would be looking at their watches," Costas says. 

Remembering the legendary Bob Hyland

Costas gave a quick story about the former KMOX general manager, who was a civic leader in the region. Hyland was famous for being very, very early to work, arriving at the station around 2-3 a.m.

Costas, one late night, wanted an audience with his boss. 

"I went in the sports office and I took a nap on the sofa and I wake up and it's like 2:45 a.m.," Costas says. "So I pull myself together and I poke my head in the door of his office and I say, 'Excuse me, Mr. Hyland.' And he looks up, with that face that looks like Central Casting sent in a judge or a senator. With that wavy, silvery hair and that perfect countenance. He looks up he says, 'Not now! Can't you see I'm busy!' And I stuck my tail between my legs and I left."