If there was one person I would have to narrow down as an influence on my urge to blog about the St. Louis Cardinals it’s Bernie Miklasz. When the Post Dispatch went viral I was able to find his very popular chat room called Bernie’s Press Box which would give a lot of inside information on the St. Louis Cardinals. His analysis and opinions on the Cardinals were right on and worth talking about at the water cooler. I just want to thank Bernie for being that inspiration that led me to this point in my life in which my work is now noticed by the St. Louis Cardinals, FSMW, MLB.com/Blog and the fans that fuel my successful blog. God Bless you Bernie and I am looking forward to your three hour radio show on ESPN 101.1 The following article appears in the Post Dispatch that talks more in depth about Bernie’s departure that’s written by Roger Hensley.
Longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz has announced that he is leaving the newspaper after 26 years. His last column will appear on Aug. 9.
Miklasz, 56, joined the Post-Dispatch as an NFL writer in 1985. After the St. Louis football Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988, he moved to Texas to cover the Cowboys for The Dallas Morning News. In July 1989, the Post-Dispatch hired Miklasz as a sports columnist, and he has since written thousands of columns on local teams and sports issues over the last quarter century.
“Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was become a sportswriter,” Miklasz said. “It was my dream, and the Post-Dispatch gave me the chance to follow that dream, and make it come true.
“Everything I have that is good in my life is in some way connected to the Post-Dispatch. And I’m eternally grateful to the newspaper for giving me the opportunity to make St. Louis my home, to build a rewarding career, and to work with so many talented and dedicated reporters and editors.
“And I’m thankful to the readers for their interest in my work. And for making this old Baltimore boy feel at home. The Post-Dispatch readers challenged me, made me think, and sharpened me. I may have angered them at times, but my simple goal was to express an honest opinion. It’s been an honor to write for them, through the good times and bad of St. Louis sports.
“Coming to the Post-Dispatch to write a sports column was the easiest decision I’ve ever made. And I have to say that leaving the Post-Dispatch after a wonderful 26-year run in my dream job is the most difficult decision I’ve ever made.”
Miklasz is joining 101 ESPN in St. Louis to host a three-hour, weekday radio talk show.
The Post-Dispatch will immediately begin a national search for a sports columnist to bring a strong voice to our sports pages.