Monday, September 30, 2013

Tickets are on sale for Musial Awards


The news that tickets are on sale for the Musial Awards should have made me happy. For as little as $35, you can be an eye witness to the retelling of stories of unselfish acts of sportsmanship that honor the memory of their namesake. All the honorees November 9 at the Peabody Opera House will display the class and character of Stan Musial, and the organizers at the St. Louis Sports Commission made a smart move in rebranding the night formerly known as the National Sportsmanship Awards.

Instead, selfishly, I'm a little wistful, bordering on melancholy. In years past, the days leading up to the evening gave me a chance to write the most satisfying stories of my career. Talented, unselfish athletes put personal glory aside to help a rival. In each case, the honoree was mystified by the adulation. Each said he/she was just doing what was right.

The simplicity in that truth always moved me to tears and inspired to find the best inside me as a writer.

This year, I won't have the honor of hearing these stories first and of sharing snippets of each with readers. Instead, I'll be just like everybody else in the audience. Ah, well. I'm willing to pony up.

Among the honorees this year is the University of Nebraska football team, which befriended Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old undergoing treatment for brain cancer. Jack will present a Musial to the team for allowing him to score a touchdown in the Huskers' spring game.

Ticket packages also are available that include prime seating, pre-show reception and reserved parking. They can be purchased at the Scottrade Center box office, Ticketmaster ticket center, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.