ST. LOUIS – Sept. 24, 2014 – One of the most respected personalities in sports is being recognized with the ultimate award for sportsmanship. Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre will receive the inaugural Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship at the Musial Awards in St. Louis on Saturday, Nov. 22.
Hosted annually at the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis, the Musial Awards – presented by Maryville University – honor Stan Musial’s legacy by celebrating the greatest moments of sportsmanship from around the country. The event showcases remarkable stories of character, kindness, selflessness and integrity – qualities Musial, one of the all-time greatest baseball players, represented.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the pinnacle honor presented at the Musial Awards. It recognizes an iconic sports figure who exemplifies sportsmanship and whose career is defined by the traits synonymous with Stan the Man. The award’s selection committee includes members of the Musial family.
“It is such an honor to have Joe accept the very first Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Jean Musial Edmonds, Stan’s daughter. “Joe represents so many of the values my father embodied and I know my dad would be so proud to see their names connected through this award.”
A nine-time All-Star, the 1971 National League MVP and winner of four World Series titles as manager of the Yankees, Torre was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July. His playing and managerial accomplishments have been deservingly celebrated. But at the Musial Awards, it will be his upstanding character and humble demeanor that will be in the spotlight. A model of integrity and generosity, Torre has been a class act as a player, manager and Major League Baseball executive.
Among many endeavors that represent his kindness and compassion for others, Torre is chairman of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, which he and his wife Ali launched in 2002. The Foundation’s mission is educating to end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives. Since 2009, Torre has served on Commissioner Bud Selig’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters. Torre is currently MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations. He was named to the position in 2011.
MUSIAL AWARDS TICKETS:
Tickets for the Musial Awards go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 25). Tickets are $40 (orchestra level seating ) and $25 (mezzanine level seating), and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Additional service and handling fees may apply.
In addition to the $40 and $25 tickets, the Musial Awards offers all-inclusive tickets and packages that provide prime seating for the awards show plus access to the pre-show dinner, reserved parking and more. Information can be obtained at www.MusialAwards.com or by calling 314-345-5111.
As part of a special partnership with Southwest Airlines, those purchasing tickets online, by phone or at the box office will receive a $50 gift certificate good for travel on Southwest for each ticket ordered. More details can be found on the Musial Awards website.
Those wishing to support the Musial Awards but unable to attend are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation to the event. As part of a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, donations to the Musial Awards will enable “Bigs” and “Littles” to be in attendance and experience this special evening.
In addition to the live awards show on Nov. 22, the Musial Awards will air as a primetime one-hour television special in December on KSDK-TV NewsChannel 5, St. Louis’ NBC affiliate, with potential syndication in other markets.
The Musial Awards are produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation. This marks the ninth year the event has taken place in St. Louis. The complete list of this year’s award recipients will be announced in mid-October.
For more information, contact:
The St. Louis Sports Commission