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Rick Hummel Addresses the Quincy Exchange Club

Rick Hummel

The Quincy Exchange Club was honored to have Baseball Hall of Famer and sportswriter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Rick Hummel, as its speaker today.  Hummel, a Quincy native and 1964 graduate of Quincy High School, became the first Quincy person inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in July of 2007 when he received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for baseball writing.

Having covered his first major league game in 1973, Hummel is a past national president of the Baseball Writers Association of America and was voted Missouri Sportswriter of the Year four times by the National Sportswriters and Sportscaster’s  Association. He serves on the Baseball Hall of Fame Overview Committee, which reviews the candidacies of former players for possible selection to the Hall by the Veterans Committee.

Hummel, who attended Quincy College for two years, is a 1968 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  He credits the late Melvin Tappe for steering him to become a writer rather than a broadcaster. During his comments at the luncheon, Rick commented on the loss of Chris Carpenter, the recent Hall of Fame election, and the loss of Stan Musial.  He also expressed the thought that the Cardinals had enough to win the Central Division but expressed concern at shortstop and second base positions.

Rick, along with former Cardinal Manager, Tony LaRussa, has written a new book called “One Last Strike” which is on news stands for purchase today. Rick will be heading for Florida next week for spring training and will be getting married in April.  Congratulations to Rick Hummel.

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