A few tickets remain for the 59th Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner in St. Louis Sunday night, honoring Whitey Herzog, the 1967 St. Louis Cardinals World Series champions and members of the Redbird 2016 club.
Herzog – who managed the 1982 Cardinals to the World Series – will receive the Red Medal, named for Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst. “The Redhead,” meanwhile, will be honored on the 50th anniversary of the Cardinals’ World Series win, with him as the manager.
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; the MetroTix website, or by calling MetroTix at (314)-534-1111.
In addition to Herzog and Schoendienst, the dinner will honor iconic members of the 1967 Cardinals team, including Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Tim McCarver, Mike Shannon, Bobby Tolan, Ted Savage and others.
Members of the 2016 Cardinals team will also be feted, including Matt Holliday, Aledmys Diaz, Matt Carpenter, Stephen Piscotty, Adam Wainwright and Jonathan Broxton.
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.
Retired Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. have been the previous winners of the Red Medal, created two years ago to honor Schoendienst’s place in the game and in the Cardinals organization.
The dinner event begins with a reception outside the ballroom from 5 to 6:15 p.m., with valet parking and self-parking located across the 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 is chairman of the St. Louis Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He has written about the Cardinals for the BND since 1985. He can be reached at 618-239-2512 and @JoeOstermeier on Twitter.