Shannon was a 10 year minor league veteran who later became a scounting director and assistant general manager
Walter Charles Shannon
* Bats Left, Throws Right
* Height 6' 0", Weight 178 lb.
* Debut July 9, 1959
* Final Game May 26, 1960
* Born January 23, 1933 in Cleveland, OH USA
* Died February 8, 1992 in Creve Coeur, MO USA
Wally Shannon was no relation to former St. Louis Cardinals third baseman and long time announcer Mike Shannon, but he was the son of the team's one-time supervisor of player personnel, Walter Shannon. Wally was a minor league infielder in the St. Louis organization for eight out of the ten seasons he spent in the minors (1951-1962).
Shannon would spend two years (1953-1954) in the United States Military during the Korean War. He would return to become a steady .290s hitter for the Houston Buffaloes, Omaha Cardinals and Rochester Red Wings before coming up to the big leagues. With the 1959 Cardinals, he made his debut and he hit a respectable .284 in 47 games. But Wally, who attended the University of Washington in St. Louis, MO, exited the following year at .263 in 65 games. In his ten-year minor league run, he hit for a .282 average with 67 home runs while appearing in 1,100 games.
After his active baseball playing career ended, he became the owner of Shannon and Associates, a brokerage firm and also became the scouting director for the Cleveland Indians (1965), Baltimore Orioles (1966-1972), and California Angels (1973-1977). Shannon was then assistant GM of the Milwaukee Brewers from 1978 to 1988, then a special assistant to the GM from 1989 to 1991.
Shannon died on February 8, 1992, at the age of 59 in Creve Coeur, MO.By BR Bullpen
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