The world of baseball journalism has lost one of its most respected and beloved figures, as Rick Hummel, the legendary St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer, passed away on Saturday at the age of 77. Known as “The Commish,” Hummel’s career spanned over 50 years, during which he covered some of the greatest names in the sport and earned numerous accolades for his exceptional work.
As we remember his remarkable life and contributions to the world of baseball journalism, we celebrate the indelible impact he made on the sport and the countless lives he touched through his work.
Who is Rick Hummel?
Born in Quincy, Illinois, Hummel began his career at the Post-Dispatch in 1971 and went on to cover iconic players such as Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Albert Pujols, and Adam Wainwright. Throughout his illustrious career, he documented seven World Series, three Cardinals titles, and six MVP seasons, earning the trust and respect of players, managers, and even umpires.
Honors and Accolades of Rick Hummel
Hummel’s dedication to his craft was recognized with numerous awards and honors. His name was placed on the Busch Stadium press box, alongside his mentor Bob Broeg, and he received the Baseball Writers Association of America Career Excellence Award. Additionally, Hummel was inducted into both the Missouri and St. Louis Sports Halls of Fame.
Rick Hummel’s Lasting Impact on Sports Journalism
Beyond his own accomplishments, Hummel’s legacy lives on through the St. Louis BBWAA’s Rick Hummel Internship, established in 2006, and the Hummel-Hyland Award for “Meritorious Service to Sports.” His passion for baseball and commitment to journalistic excellence have left an indelible mark on the world of sports journalism as reported by MLB.
A Fond Farewell to “The Commish”
Though Hummel retired from the Post-Dispatch after the 2022 season, he remained a familiar face in the press box, his love for the game never wavering. As the baseball community mourns the loss of Rick Hummel, his life and career stand as a testament to the power of dedication, passion, and the enduring impact of great storytelling.
“The Commish” leaves behind a lasting impact on the sport, inspiring future generations of journalists and baseball enthusiasts alike. His memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew him and the countless readers who were captivated by his exceptional storytelling.