1977 BBWAA Career Excellence Award Winner Edgar Munzel

Edgar Herman Munzel first covered baseball in the spring of 1929 when Chicago Herald-Examiner sports editor Warren Brown assigned the 22-year-old to Spring Training with the White Sox.

He continued covering Chicago baseball with the Herald-Examiner and, later, the Sun-Times, until his retirement after 8,000 big league games and 43 baseball seasons.

Quiet and mild-mannered, Munzel was nicknamed "The Mouse." His consistent and durable copy was his trademark, even when the game he covered was one-sided, sloppy or insignificant.

Munzel joined the Baseball Writers' Association of America in 1929 and at one time served as president of the organization. All branches of the game relied on his accuracy and judgment, and his impeccable baseball knowledge and experience proved invaluable while a member of the Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans.

A true gentleman of the press, Munzel upheld the dignity of the journalist-scorer for decades.

Munzel passed away on Oct. 4, 2002.