1979 J. G. Taylor Spink Award Winner Bob Broeg

Bob Broeg

Bob Broeg's long baseball career has run the gamut from ballpark gate-twirler at St. Louis' Sportsman's Park to St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sports Editor and member of Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans. Broeg covered the Cardinals for 13 seasons until 1958. He spent the next 20 years as sports editor and columnist at The Sporting News.

Broeg has authored countless books, including such baseball classics as The Pilot Light and the Gas House Gang and Super Stars of Baseball. He prides himself on having written big league baseball's first pension plan story (1946) and on coining the nickname "Stan the Man" for his baseball favorite, Stan Musial.

Hometown peers praised him thusly: "You gave us comment, commas, bow ties and baseball dinners … Proud, prolific, prompt, provocative, professional … Truly one of Pulitzer's Prizes."