Pujols is a three-time NL MVP and has been honored as the St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, either alone or sharing the award, in each of his previous eight seasons. This year he won his second successive MVP Award and became the second Cardinals player to win the award three times.
Herzog managed the Redbirds from 1980-90, using the "Whiteyball" style of baseball, which emphasized speed, defense and getting on base. He led the team to three pennants and the 1982 World Series championship. Herzog also managed the Rangers, Angels and Royals.
Other honorees at the dinner are tentatively scheduled to include Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, manager Tony La Russa, Yadier Molina, Ryan Franklin, Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker of the Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies star Ryan Howard, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle and Chicago Cubs pitcher Randy Wells. Howard, Buehrle and Wells all hail from the St. Louis area.
The 1985 Cardinals team, which was managed by Herzog, will be honored on its 25th anniversary. That club went 101-61, beat the Dodgers in a famous NL Championship Series and lost a heartbreaking seven-game World Series against the Royals. It was the first 100-win Cardinals team since 1967, and the last one until 2004.
Among the representatives of that club who are scheduled to be honored are Herzog, fellow Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, Jack Clark, Todd Worrell, Rick Horton, Danny Cox, Ken Dayley, Curt Ford and Tito Landrum.
The annual St. Louis Writers' Dinner is one of three still taking place in the country, along with the ones in New York and Boston.
Tickets cost $150, and each ticket includes a pass to the Winter Warm-Up. For ticket information, fans may call (314) 229-3040. Tickets can also be purchased by mail. To do so, send a check or money order to BBWAA St. Louis Baseball Dinner, P.O. Box 605, St. Louis, MO 63188.