“The Commish” dies at 77
On Monday, St. Louis said goodbye to one of its local legends. It just so happens he learned what he knew at Mizzou.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch announced on Sunday that Rick Hummel, longtime Cardinals writer and Mizzou grad, had died over the weekend.
Remembering Rick "The Commish" Hummel, BJ '68, who died Saturday in St. Louis. He was 77. Hummel covered baseball at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for five decades. #MissouriMethod #MizzouMade #SportsJournalism @Mizzou @MizzouAlumni https://t.co/1oIU9giK09— Mizzou Journalism (@mujschool) May 22, 2023
Hummel is much more well known for his connection with St. Louis and the Cardinals, but the fact that he learned his trade — which earned him the highest award given by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and a spot in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame — at Mizzou makes this a personal connection... especially for this native St. Louisan who graduated from Mizzou with a journalism degree.
There are many, many wonderful tributes to the Commish floating around, so I’ll leave you with just a few. RIP Commish. Thanks for the stories.
My colleague. My mentor. My dearest friend.— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) May 22, 2023
And he deserves my absolute best to capture the incredible life of the beloved Hall of Fame baseball writer who defined professionalism and the profession.
Rick Hummel (1946-2023)
The Commish, RIP.https://t.co/bong6BeHeC
Thank you 'Commish' Rick Hummel for lessons on baseball, journalism and life https://t.co/CMoyBV7zwa— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) May 22, 2023
He was this almost mythical storyteller of my favorite thing — he wrote about baseball for the local paper. Rick Hummel was the chronicler of my childhood — of many of our childhoods.— Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) May 23, 2023
My column on a legend who became a mentor, colleague and friend: https://t.co/qZno3iht1V
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on “The Commish” Rick Hummel, a sports writing legend and Hall of Famer who covered the #STLCards for 50 years. pic.twitter.com/iI2h65Jojz— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) May 22, 2023
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- Luke Mann is baseball’s lone selection for the All SEC teams, making the list as the Second Team Third Baseman. If you recall, Mann recently tied Jacob Priday for the program’s all-time lead in home runs.
That ball is history! ⚾️— Mizzou Baseball (@MizzouBaseball) May 19, 2023
With home run No. 49 as a Tiger, @super_MANN11 ties Jacob Priday for #Mizzou's career HR record!#MIZ | #C2E pic.twitter.com/dqQ0T8ALu8
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Last year, we started a tradition of celebrating collegiate national champions in non-NCAA events. We’re back!— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) May 22, 2023
Congrats to SOME of our national champions for 2022/2023!
We have more parts coming out in the following weeks, but tell us about any that you want us to add below! pic.twitter.com/zu8kCF6lE4
We’re coming for that Dairy Tasting trophy next, Clemson...
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Back on the charts pic.twitter.com/L89SwXkZjQ— Mizzou Track & Field (@MizzouTFXC) May 23, 2023
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Blue Spring's Kadence Shepherd is staying in Missouri to become a Tiger— Chanel Porter (@chanelportertv) May 23, 2023
(correction from my last tweet that had "Blue Springs South") https://t.co/mqDFS4nOok
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Today, former #Mizzou football coach Gary Pinkel held his fifth annual GP M.A.D.E. charity golf tournament at the Old Hawthorne.— Chanel Porter (@chanelportertv) May 22, 2023
Pinkel tells me, "I want to get bigger and better, it's just like when you win when I was coaching, you want to win more games." @gpmade_ pic.twitter.com/534Mq6Dcws
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The celebration as a CoMo kid is headed to the Finals!— Ben Arnet (@BenArnetKOMU) May 23, 2023
MPJ had 15 points in Denver’s Western Conference title clinching win in LA. pic.twitter.com/aNuy5LauGd
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