Longtime BHS coach to get Bob Broeg Award
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Former Brentwood High School baseball coach Jim Taylor will receive the Bob Broeg Award this month from the Greater St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
According to its website, since 2001 the group has given the award “to recognize one individual annually for coaching excellence in local high school baseball.”
Taylor will receive the award in a ceremony that starts at 6 p.m. April 14 at the Sheraton Westport hotel. Also being awarded that night will be the 2016 hall of fame recipients. The organization was founded in 1973 to “honor those players, coaches and contributors who have helped amateur baseball flourish” in St. Louis.
“I was very surprised and honored,” said Taylor. “I never dreamed that this would come about.”
Broeg was a newspaper reporter and columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He covered the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals for 13 seasons until 1958, then wrote for The Sporting News for 20 years. He passed away in 2005.
Awards keep coming
Taylor was the head baseball coach at BHS for 28 seasons, from 1974 to 2001. His teams reached the state title game four times, winning in 1978 and 1986. They took second place in 1977 and 1984.
He has since been named to the Greater St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association hall of fame. For his role as an assistant football coach at BHS from 1973 to 2001, he received the 2015 John Kadlec Assistant Coach Award from the St. Louis chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Taylor worked for the Brentwood School District for 33 years, the last six as the athletic director at BHS. He retired in 2006 but continues to attend many sporting events. He lives in Kirkwood. His wife of 40 years, Sue, passed away three years ago.
Taylor said he will be joined at the ceremony by four family members: his daughter Debbie, son Jim Jr., daughter-in-law Karen and granddaughter Jamie. Also present will be longtime friends Duane and Jeanie Grandgenett and Bob and Karen Penn. Taylor was the BHS football team’s defensive coordinator for 28 years under head coach Penn.
Bob Broeg Award recipients, 2001 to 2016
2001: Bob Swift, Lafayette-Marquette
2002: Lee Engert, Ritenour-Chaminade
2003: Bob Robben, Parkway North
2004: Charlie Gately, Lindbergh
2005: Edward Tschannen, McCluer
2006: Ray Cliffe, Cleveland
2007: Henry Buffa, University City
2008: Ed Pemiciaro Sr., St. Mary’s
2009: Bob Christian, CBC
2010: Marty McCabe, St. Louis Priory
2011: Jim Lemen, John Burroughs
2012: Rich Rogers, Parkway West
2013: Bob Benben, Pattonville
2014: Bobby Donahue, Francis Howell North
2015: Harry Gurley, Hazelwood
2016: Jim Taylor, Brentwood