Whatever team the St. Louis Cardinals field for the season Home Opener on March 31, there will be a key player missing from the line-up.
For me, as for many other people, my most frequent point of contact with the baseball Cardinals over the years hasn’t been a player, a manager, or an owner. No, the St. Louis Cardinal I met most often was Marty Hendin, who died this weekend after a long illness. His passing is a loss for his family, his city, and his team.
Marty, who handled community relations for the team, was generous with his time and with his heart. While promoting his team, he also gave his energy and experience to help out the wider interests of the community. During his 35 year career as a Cardinal, he spoke to thousands of groups, attended hundreds of meetings, and belonged to dozens of committees and boards. Wherever there was the chance to involve St. Louisans — particularly young ones — in the excitement of our baseball team, you would find Marty right in the middle of the crowd. And wherever there was chance to rub off a little Cardinal glamour to help out a good cause — particularly for children you would find Marty right in the middle of the crowd.
As Bill DeWitt told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “If you were a Cardinals fan, you were a friend of Marty.”