10/28/2005: Sad news in St. Louis.....
Longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports editor Bob Broeg is dead at age 87. Longtime as in, he started his stint as sports editor when I was one year old, and never really retired, though he was "given an official retirement notice" in September of 1985. Appropriately enough, he entered the hospital for the last time after the last game to be played in Busch Stadium II. Somehow, I suspect he wanted it that way.
Among other honors, he recieved the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1979 (which he shared with New York based baseball writer Tommy Holmes).
[I'll vent my pet peeve here: receipt of the Spink Award is not "election to the writer's wing of the Hall of Fame", nor is receipt of the Ford C. Frick Award "election to the broadcaster's wing", though this misconception is so well rooted that it is probably hopeless to rail against it.]
Len on 10.28.05 @ 08:01 PM CST