La Russa among those to be honored at annual baseball writers dinner

News-DemocratJanuary 11, 2014 

Recently christened Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa will be honored at the 56th Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel downtown.

The event, held for decades at the Millennium Hotel, will also honor two St. Louis Cardinals World Series teams -- the 1964 club that beat the New York Yankees, and the 2013 team that won the National League pennant before falling to the Boston Red Sox in October.

Among those expected to attend from the 1964 team: Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Bob Uecker, Tim McCarver, Mike Shannon, Dick Groat, Charlie James, Jerry Buchek, Phil Gagliano.

Invited from the 2013 team: Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina, Allen Craig, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Matt Holliday and Shelby Miller.

In addition, retiring Redbirds pitcher Chris Carpenter will be honored for his years of service to the Cardinals, and Jason Motte will receive the Darryl Kile Award, given in honor of the late Cardinals pitcher.

Manager Mike Matheny and General Manager John Mozeliak will also receive awards, as will the franchise's minor-league player and pitcher of the year.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with garage parking available on the east and west sides of the hotel, located at 800 Washington Street near the convention center. Dinner customers from the metro-east should use the Eads Bridge, which takes drivers directly onto Washington for a short drive to the hotel just blocks from the riverfront.

Tickets remain for the dinner, at $150 each or $175 apiecce if customers want to purchase a three-day pass to the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up, which is held the weekend of the dinner.

Tickets may be purchased at, or at a booth at the Winter Warm-Up, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency-St. Louis.

Proceeds from the dinner go to journalism scholarships and internships at the University of Missouri and St. Louis University, and the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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