2019 Jack Buck Awards winners announced: Berube, MLS4TheLou, Mozeliak among honorees

Here are the recipients, to be honored on Dec. 5 in a ceremony broadcast live on KMOX.

Tom Ackerman
November 27, 2019 - 1:15 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The 50th Jack Buck Awards at the Missouri Athletic Club is lining up to be one of the best nights in the history of the dinner, which started in 1970 when KMOX sports director Jack Buck decided the city needed a way to celebrate the year in St. Louis sports. The "Sports Personality of the Year" dinner was renamed in Mr. Buck's honor after his passing in 2002.

And make no mistake about it, there is some celebrating to be had in 2019. St. Louis had one of its best sports years in recent memory.

Here are the recipients, to be honored on Dec. 5 in a ceremony broadcast live on KMOX ... and featured in a one-hour special on Fox Sports Midwest:

Sports Personality of the Year: Craig Berube, St. Louis Blues

The Stanley Cup champions' worst-to-first story was driven by Berube, the no-nonsense coach and former NHL tough guy who steered the Blues to the city's first title. Berube received the most votes from MAC members on a ballot that included Jordan Binnington, Jack Flaherty, Ryan O'Reilly, Alex Pietrangelo and Mike Shildt.

Legends Award: Bob Plager, St. Louis Blues

Nobody waited longer for the parade down Market Street than Plager, one of the original Blues. Plager can be credited with spreading the game throughout the St. Louis area, as a player, coach, teacher, broadcaster and ambassador. Professionally and socially he has served as the face of the franchise in countless ways. The Blues Alumni thrives, in part, because of his presence. This award was made for him.

Jack Buck Award: #MLS4TheLou

MLS4TheLou

The ownership group that landed St. Louis -- finally -- an MLS franchise that will begin play in 2022. The movement was swift, powerful and successful. Fronted by Carolyn Kindle Betz and Jim Kavanaugh, it involved members of the Taylor family and the backing of local investors and corporate support. And a privately funded stadium that promises to revitalize Downtown West. The Jack Buck Award is given in recognition of dedicated support of sports in St. Louis and making a positive difference in the community. Check.

Hometown Hero Award: Napheesa Collier, Minnesota Lynx

Napheesa Collier has her number retired at IWA.

Collier, who played high school basketball at Incarnate Word Academy, was the 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She was an All-Star in her first year in the league, following an All-American college career at UConn, where she won an NCAA title in 2016. Collier is the second rookie in WNBA history with 400 points, 200 rebounds and 60 steals. The other one? Tamika Catchings, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the greatest players of all-time.

Stan Musial Award: John Mozeliak, St. Louis Cardinals

Mozeliak

Endorsed by the Musial family, this award goes to the person who embodies Stan's hard work, loyalty, class and success both on and off the field. Mozeliak, the Cardinals' president of baseball operations, is in his 25th year with the club. Since being named general manager in 2007, he has overseen the Cardinals claim one world championship, two NL pennants and seven playoff appearances and a winning record in every season. Mozeliak is heavily involved in the St. Louis community, serving as the national trustee for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

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