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That's A Winner...Missouri to dedicate I-64 "Jack Buck Memorial Highway" Sunday12/04/2009 12:13 PM ET
St. Louis Cardinals team president William DeWitt III today congratulated the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) on the pending successful completion of the reconstruction of I-64 and thanked state for designating the section of I-64 in the city of St. Louis "Jack Buck Memorial Highway".
"We should all tip our caps to MoDOT on this important milestone," said DeWitt. "Thanks to the state of Missouri, fans from the east and west will forever know Jack Buck Memorial Highway as the road to Baseball Heaven."
DeWitt thanked Representative Don Calloway (D-St. Louis) and Representative John Diehl (R-St. Louis County) for leading a bi-partisan effort to commemorate the highway for Hall of Fame Broadcaster, civic leader and Cardinals legend Jack Buck. While Buck never swung a bat or threw a pitch, he ranks as one of the most beloved individuals ever associated with the Cardinals.
Buck served as the "Voice of the Cardinals" from 1954 to 2001 and was behind the microphone for some of the franchise's most memorable moments including Bob Gibson's no-hitter in 1971, Lou Brock's 105th stolen base in 1974 and Mark McGwire's 61st home run in 1998. Buck's legendary call of Ozzie Smith's game-winning home run in Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers is one that still sends chills up Cardinals' fans spines every time it is replayed as he told fans "Go crazy folks! Go crazy!" Buck was inducted into the broadcaster's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.
Buck was known to be a tremendously generous man who made time for everyone and championed many charitable causes. He was named St. Louis' Citizen of the Year in 2000 for his contributions to the community. His eloquent words and poetry helped the national healing process after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. When Buck passed away in June 2002, some 10,000 fans attended his public memorial service at Busch Stadium.
Some time after 3 P.M. on Sunday, December 6, 2009, the state of Missouri will formally dedicate I-64 within the St. Louis city limits as "Jack Buck Memorial Highway" in conjunction with the ribbon cutting celebration on the new highway. DeWitt, as well as team mascot Fredbird will join members of Mr. Buck's family, including Jack's daughter Julie and wife Carol, in unveiling one of the two honorary designation signs that will be placed at the eastern and western ends of the city. More information on the ceremony is available at www.thenewi64.org
"Once again, we are touched and humbled by the love and affection that St. Louis continues to show our dad," said Julie Brooks, Jack's youngest daughter and St. Louis radio personality ("Julie Buck"). "Dad would be so proud to see his name on the highway that he drove to work on for over 40 years!"
Media parking is available on the new I-64 at Hampton. Media vehicles will need to have a media pass for their windshield that can be obtained from MoDOT by contacting Linda Wilson at (314) 340-4117.
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