Selig to be honored at St. Louis Writers' Dinner

Selig to be honored at St. Louis Writers' Dinner

ST. LOUIS -- Major League Baseball's outgoing Commissioner, Bud Selig, will be recognized at the St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner next month as the recipient of the chapter's new and most prestigious honor, the Red Award. The award, named in honor of Red Schoendienst, who will begin his 70th consecutive season in a Cardinals uniform in 2015, was created to recognize someone for invaluable service to baseball.

Selig's acceptance of the award will cap an evening in which numerous members of the Cardinals' 1985 and 2014 clubs also will be honored. More than a dozen players from that '85 team have already confirmed plans to attend the event as part of a 30th anniversary celebration of that National League pennant-winning club.

The dinner, an annual highlight for baseball fans in St. Louis, will take place at the Renaissance Grand St. Louis hotel on Jan. 18.

Cardinals ace and 2014 NL Cy Young Award runner-up Adam Wainwright will be presented with the J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Man of the Year Award for his contributions to the Cardinals' division title. Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong and Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi, a native of nearby Highland, Ill., will both be recognized as the chapter's Rookie of the Year winners.

Jhonny Peralta, Lance Lynn, Trevor Rosenthal, Jon Jay, Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter were selected as recipients of the Stockton/Broeg Award for outstanding achievement in 2014. Mark Ellis will receive the prestigious Darryl Kile Award, the only one of the night's awards in which the winner is selected by his teammates.

The Burnes Nostalgia Award will go to the 1985 club, which won 101 games during the regular season and then defeated the Dodgers to capture the NL pennant. Members of that team expected to be at the dinner include Ozzie Smith, Ken Dayley, Todd Worrell, Rick Horton, Vince Coleman, Andy Van Slyke, Mike Jorgensen, Tommy Herr, Willie McGee, Tom Lawless, John Tudor, Danny Cox and Tito Landrum. Manager Whitey Herzog is also scheduled to come.

Longtime sportswriter Dick Kaegel, who covered both the Royals and Cardinals during a 50-year period, has been selected as co-winner of the Hyland/Hummel Award for meritorious service. Kaegel, who most recently covered the Royals for MLB.com, announced his retirement in December. He grew up in Belleville, Ill., and broke into the business as a sportswriter for his hometown paper.

Sharing the honor with Kaegel will be Ron Jacober, a longtime sports radio personality in St. Louis.

A limited number of tickets still remain for the dinner and can be purchased at stlouisbbwaa.com for $150 each. Those also wishing to purchase a pass to the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up, which takes place over the same weekend, can save some money by buying both for a price of $175. Proceeds from the dinner are used to fund several journalism scholarships and internships.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.