Whitey Herzog will turn 83 next month, but you wouldn't know it. The man is everywhere: You see him at Cardinals games, you hear him on the radio, and you can meet him at the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation Golf Tournament.
He played against the greats of the game. He is one of the greats of the game. Last month, it was all confirmed in Canton. Aeneas Williams was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It surprised no one. When you go to eight Pro Bowls, make the 1990s All-Decade team, and intercept 55 passes and score nine touchdowns, you are worthy.
I recently called around to a few local golf courses, and opened up the conversation by asking, “I’m looking to do a story on the oldest golfer in the area, do you have anybody who might qualify?” The responses were usually that they used to have a really old guy, but he passed away or just stopped playing because of his health. Then, at Westwood Country Club, the head professional, Daryl Hartig told me without hesitation, “Oh, do I have the right guy for you!”
Frank Viverito is trying to bring back another Final Four to St. Louis. But the stakes have changed: The event transcends sports. The city of Dallas estimates that they will have an economic impact of $276 million at its Final Four this year.
Since its founding 21 years ago, Friends of Kids with Cancer has evolved in many ways. But one thing stays the same: its dedication to making kids smile.
The best pitcher on Planet Earth right now is from our town. Max Scherzer is throwing a baseball better than anybody in the world. He's the pride of Parkway Central. He was a standout there, but nobody anticipated this: Scherzer leads the American League in wins and whip, and is second in strikeouts. He is the winningest pitcher in baseball in the last two years.
Mike Matheny, Morgan Riley
Story: Lampooning the hallowed Arthurian legend, Monty Python’s Spamalot details in irreverent fashion the story of England’s King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and how they might have come to be.
Ryan Robertson arguably posted the best career stats of any high school player in our town's history. Now that he's returned home, Robertson is coaching his children's basketball teams.
Mike Matheny, James Schwetye, Will Rassieur
Bill DeWitt, Jr. Mike Matheny
Mike Matheny, John Schaefering
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery hosted the 7th annual 'Over the Top for Tots' ladies luncheon in St. Charles. The event benefited the Nursery's Healing Hearts Program, which provides art and play therapy for children who need help mending their broken spirits. Some 500 attendees enjoyed shopping, a live auction and a cake decorating contest; and honored the contributions of Pat Kulik, and Kara and Mike Gatto to the Nursery. Pictured: LN's Trish Muyco-Tobin and Millie Cain.
It happened at almost every Westminster Christian Academy baseball game in 2009: Scouts--sometimes as many as 25 of them, all behind home plate--pointing their radar guns at the pitcher. He stood 6 feet, five inches tall. He rarely changed expression. He never smiled. He was 17 going on 27. Jacob Turner was locked in. He knew Major League Baseball would be timing and watching almost every pitch he would throw his senior season.
Joel Goldstein is one of the smartest people in St. Louis. He went to University City High, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, got his doctorate as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and then went on to Harvard Law School. He’s been a law professor at Saint Louis University for the past 19 years and just happens to be one of the world’s foremost experts on the vice presidency of the United States of America.
With eye-black on his face, bat in hands and the quickest wrists this side of the Mississippi, Tate Matheny is a nightmare in spikes. The senior center fielder for Westminster is what lives under opposing pitchers’ beds. He’s what goes bump in the night.
The date was May 1983. The location was Jefferson City. The event was the Missouri State Track Meet. It may be the single best athletic achievement day for one high school athlete in our town’s history. Kirkwood senior, Alvin Miller, won the meet. That is, he won the state championship for Kirkwood by himself. Miller won four events: the 110 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles, the 100 meters and the 200 meters.
MIKE MATHENY (1) has been elected to the board of directors for Ranken Jordan –A Pediatric Specialty Hospital. In addition, STEVE CORTOPASSI has been appointed as chairman, replacing RICHARD VANDEGRIFT (who still remains a member of the board) and GEORGE EDINGER SR. as vice chairman.
Mike Matheny Celebration St. Louis Cardinals Guests from Matt Holliday and David Freese to Albert ‘Red’ Schoendienst and John Mozeliak were in attendance at a celebration for Mike Matheny as the new St. Louis Cardinals manager. The event, held at Mike Shannon’s restaurant downtown, featured tastings of Chef Nick Zoto’s 2012 menu offerings and Cardinals-themed cocktails. Matheny spoke about his excitement joining the St. Louis Cardinals and introduced his wife, Kristin.
John Mozeliak, Mike Shannon
Albert �Red� Schoendienst, Denise and Paul Faus, Mike Shannon
Mike Shannon Jr., Kathi Bedford-Hadley, Mike Claiborne
No golfer in our town has a better resume than 51-year-old Ellen Port. No one. Port has won 12 Metropolitans, seven Missouri Amateurs and five national tourneys, including four U.S. Mid Amateurs. Not bad for a woman who played exactly one year of high school golf and no golf at all in college.