(KSDK Sports) -- He was once a catcher for the Athletics when they played in Kansas City at old Municipal Stadium, later joined a one Tony La Russa's staff with the Chicago White Sox and went on to win World Series in Oakland and St. Louis.

Dave Duncan, the former St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach from 1996 to 2011, is being enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon. The ceremony was at University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Springfield.

"Anytime you get recognized in the profession you love so much ... It means a lot you," said Duncan, now an adviser for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Duncan actually called the Ozarks his home the past few years as he cared for his ailing wife, Jeanine, who died after a battle with cancer last June.

Many remember Duncan, 68, for his work in St. Louis, particularly in turning around the careers of veteran big-league pitchers.

He began his career with the Kansas City Athletics in 1963 and made his big-league debut on May 6, 1964 at age 18, becoming the youngest player in the American League at the time.

Duncan won World Series rings and guided four Cy Young Award winners. He won a World Series as a catcher on the Oakland A's 1972 team, and won three as a coach -- in 1989 with Oakland and in 2006 and 2011 in St. Louis.

Bonus Frost, a fast-pitch softball player, and former Glendale grad Steve Rogers, who pitched in the big leagues for Montreal, also were inducted.

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