Of the three former Cardinals elected to the club’s Hall of Fame in an announcement made Friday night, two of them had hoped to get in and one, in essence, had hoped to get out.
Second baseman Tom Herr and lefthanded pitcher John Tudor, both of whom had monstrous seasons for the 1985 Cardinals and accomplished careers otherwise with the club, were chosen by fans’ online voting for a ballot put together by a special committee. Both were honored and delighted.
Longtime first baseman Bill White, a mainstay for the Cardinals from 1959-65 and a member of the 1964 World Series champions, had beseeched a reporter on more than one occasion to have his name removed from Cardinals Hall of Fame consideration. Not out of disrespect for the Cardinals. But for the process. He didn’t think he was good enough.