Coleman, Lankford, Brecheen all enshrined in Cardinals history

"It feels so good to say that I am a Cardinal for life" -Lankford

August 18, 2018 - 7:34 pm

For the 5th time in as many years, fans packed Ballpark Village on a Saturday – hours before the Cards and Brewers took the field – to watch multiple longtime Cardinals become Hall of Famers.

Saturday saw Vince Coleman, Ray Lankford, and Harry Brecheen join 37 other members enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame museum inside Ballpark Village.

The entire ceremony will air on KMOX Monday evening.

Brecheen, who passed away in 2004, spent 11 seasons with the Cardinals winning three championships (1944, 1946, 1966) and led the league in ERA in 1948. Harry won 133 games during his career and played his entire career for St. Louis teams, he ended his career with the St. Louis Browns. His son Steven spoke about Harry's reputation as a pitcher

Vince Coleman was a staple in the Cardinals lineup for the five seasons he spent in St. Louis. Vince stole 752 bases in his career and led the National League in stolen bases every season he was a Cardinal. He was named the NL Rookie of the Year in 1985 and posted his best offensive season in 1987, the team's run to the World Series. Coleman spoke to fans about becoming a Hall of Famer.

And finally, Ray Lankford. The year's 1990-2000 weren't great years in Cardinals history in terms of playoffs. But they were great when it comes to offense, home runs, and the combo of Big Mac and Ray. Lankford holds the record for the most HRs hit at Busch Stadium II (123). Lankford finished his career among the Cardinal top-10 in numerous statistical categories, including home runs (third), stolen bases (fifth), runs scored (eighth), runs batted in (eighth), and bases on balls (fourth). Ray was emotional talking about his path to the MLB and what St. Louis means to him.