ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Brian Bartow, the St. Louis Cardinals’ director of communications, has won Major League Baseball’s Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence.
Bartow’s honor was announced Monday, Dec. 8 during a dinner presentation in Nashville, Tenn., site of the 2015 MLB winter meetings.
“It was first awarded in 1981, and it’s voted on by past winners,” Bartow said. “The award is almost like a mini-Stanley Cup, engraved with the names of the winners. It’s very nice, and humbling.”
Bartow, a Battle Creek, Mich. native, received his Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Ferris State University in 1985. He had also earned an Associate degree in Mechanical Design from Ferris in 1982.
During his time in Big Rapids, Bartow was a student assistant in Ferris’ Sports Information office for two years, and served as statistician and public address announcer for Bulldogs baseball games while completing his bachelor’s degree.
“I called on Ted Halm (then Ferris’ Sports Information Director), basically stood in his door and said, ‘I want to do what you do,’” Bartow said. “He was a big help in getting my career started.”
Bartow had interned for the Cardinals in 1985, and joined the team full-time as assistant director of public relations in 1987. The club named Bartow its director of media relations in 1994.
“It’s been a great life, and when you last that long in something, you make so many good friends, people you spend more time with than you might with your own family,” Bartow said.
The Robert O. Fishel Award is given annually by MLB, and is named after the inaugural
winner, who worked for the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees and
the American League. The award goes to the “active, non-uniformed representative of
Major League Baseball whose ethics, character, dedication, service, professionalism
and humanitarianism best represent the standards propounded by Robert O. Fishel.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Brian Bartow, director of communications for the St. Louis Cardinals, has been named the 2015 winner of Major League Baseball’s Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. Bartow, a 1985 Ferris State University graduate, has been with the team for nearly 30 years.