1979 BBWAA Career Excellence Award Winner 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's Veterans Committee.

Broeg covered the Cardinals for 13 seasons until 1958.

He spent the next 20 years as a columnist at the Sporting News.

Broeg authored countless books, including such baseball classics as "The Pilot Light and The Gas House Gang" and "Superstars of Baseball".

He prided 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.

Broeg, who served on the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors from 1972-2000, passed away on Oct. 28, 2005.