1997 – Robert Wiley Broeg
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, March 18, 1918, legendary St. Louis sportswriter Robert “Bob” Wiley Broeg had a career that spanned more than 6 decades. Broeg began his career, in 1941, as a reporter for the Associated Press, first in Jefferson City, Missouri, then Boston, Massachusetts. In 1942, he returned to St. Louis to work for the St. Louis Star-Times; however, shortly after moving he joined the military and served during World War II. After returning from the war, in 1945, Broeg returned to St. Louis and joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Over the next 59 years, Broeg filled many positions at the Post-Dispatch including sportswriter, sports editor, assistant to the publisher, and contributing editor. Along with his work for the Post-Dispatch, he also contributed to Sporting News, as a columnist for 30 years, hosted a radio show on KMOX from 1963-1990, and wrote 16 books. During his long career Broeg received many awards, including the Cooperstown Hall of Fame Writing Award, the Rockne Club of America National Award, and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He was also named Missouri Sportswriter of the Year five times. In recognition of his outstanding contributions as a sportswriter, Broeg was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame on April 28, 1997.