Missouri Athletic Club presents the
Legends Award to Bobby Plager
This award honors those individuals who not only distinguish themselves during an athletic career, but who continues to serve as role models in the St. Louis Community.
That's what the plaque on the Legends Award read when it was given to Bob Plager last week at the annual Jack Buck Awards.
Plager, who tearfully accepted the award at the Missouri Athletic Club, said there was one thing he wished he could change about receiving the honor.
"I'll choke up when I talk about my brother, but he's the legend," Bob told the audience about his brother Barclay, who also played for the Blues but passed away in 1988 because of a brain tumor. "He was my hero, and because of him, I'm here (getting this award) tonight. So if there's only one thing I could change tonight, instead of 'Bob Plager' on the plaque, (I wish) it would read 'The Plagers.'"
The Missouri Athletic Club, which organized the Jack Buck Awards each year, listened to Bob's request. On Wednesday, MAC representatives sent stlouisblues.com a photo of a new plaque being created to replace the one they presented to Bob last week.
As could be expected, Bob's acceptance speech included plenty of memorable stories and anecdotes, including one about how he watched the Boston Bruins celebrate on the ice with the Stanley Cup after they beat the Plagers' Blues in the Stanley Cup Final back in 1970. Forty-nine years later, before Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final rematch, Bob peeked into the Bruins Alumni suite at TD Garden. "Tonight, you watch me (lift the Cup)," he told them.
You can watch Bob's entire emotional acceptance speech in the video below.
A one-hour taping of the Jack Buck Awards, which also presented Blues Head Coach Craig Berube with the Sports Personality of the Year award, will air Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest.
Video: Plager gets emotional during award acceptance speech