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Cepeda, Gibby, Brock, Whitey, Red to be honored at writers dinner

Red Schoendienst has spent seven decades in baseball, most of them with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Red Schoendienst has spent seven decades in baseball, most of them with the St. Louis Cardinals. BND

The best players from one of the most memorable St. Louis Cardinals World Series teams will be honored at the 59th Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner in St. Louis next month.

The 1967 Cardinals team – the “El Birdos” led by Orlando Cepeda, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and others – will be feted at the event. Cepeda, Gibson, Brock and other members of that team, including manager Red Schoenienst, will gather to mark the 50th anniversary of the Redbirds’ seven-game triumph over the Boston Red Sox.

Joining Germantown native Schoendienst on the dais will be another metro-east Cardinals icon: New Athens native Whitey Herzog, who will receive the Red Medal, named for Schoendienst and given annually by the St. Louis writers to someone who has provided “invaluable service” to the game.

Herzog, who managed the 1982 Cardinals to the World Series and won two other National League pennants in St. Louis, is the third person to get the Red award. The others: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig as he was retiring two years ago, and principal Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. last January.

The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at The Union Station Hotel. Tickets are $150 each, with tables of 10 available at the Baseball Writers website, http://www.stlouisbbwaa.com/; the MetroTix website, by calling MetroTix at (314)-534-1111, or by mailing a check to St. Louis Chapter BBWAA Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 605, St. Louis, Mo. 63188-0605.

In addition to Cepeda, Gibson and Brock, other members of the 1967 team will be honored, including Tim McCarver, Mike Shannon, Bobby Tolan, Ted Savage and others.

Members of the 2016 Cardinals team will also be feted, including Aledmys Diaz, Matt Carpenter, Stephen Piscotty and Adam Wainwright.

Herzog’s World Series title came 15 years after Schoendienst’s, and both men are in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Cardinals Hall of Fame. Others in that elite group include Gibson and Brock, while Shannon and McCarver are part of the club’s radio and television games coverage.

The event begins with a reception outside the ballroom from 5 to 6:15 p.m., with valet parking and street parking located outside the hotel at Union Station. The Union Station hotel is a new venue for the event, which is one of three Baseball Writers Dinners still occurring in the United States. The others are in Boston and New York.

Joe Ostermeier, chairman of the St. Louis Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association, has covered the Cardinals for the BND since 1985. He can be reached at 618-239-2512, @JoeOstermeier

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