The only Cardinals player to hit four homers in a game, Mark Whiten, will be one of the honorees at the 55th annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ dinner at the Millennium Hotel on Jan. 20.
The occasion will mark the 20-year anniversary of Whiten’s four-homer night in the second game of a twi-night doubleheader at Cincinnati on Sept. 9. 1993. He drove in 12 of the Cardinals’ 15 runs in that game and hit three of his homers from the sixth inning on.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, whose career-best season resulted in his fifth consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove, second Platinum Glove and fourth-place finish in the National League Most Valuable Player voting, will be honored as the St. Louis baseball man of the year at the dinner, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Also to be saluted from a Cardinals team that ended one game away from the World Series are Allen Craig, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, David Freese, Adam Wainwright, Jason Motte, Mitchell Boggs, Jake Westbrook, Carlos Beltran, Matt Carpenter, Kyle Lohse and manager Mike Matheny.
Longtime St. Louis sportscaster Jay Randolph will be honored for meritorious service. John Rooney will be the master of ceremonies for the dinner.
There is a two-tiered ticketing procedure. For $150 a ticket or $1,500 for a table of 10, customers will receive a ticket to dinner and one to the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up to be held that same weekend.
A ticket for the dinner only also is available for $125 or $1,250 for a table of 10.
Tickets can be obtained by sending a check or money order to St. Louis BBWAA, PO Box 605, St. Louis, Mo., 63188. A portion of the cost of the tickets may be tax-deductible.