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August 25, 2011

UPDATE: Bob Gibson will replace Whitey Herzog for Thursday's event.

Simmons Cancer Institute presents "SIU Men’s Night Out"’ with Cardinals Legends

Men’s health screenings and information will be the focus of the 7th men’s health event, “SIU Men’s Night Out,” held in September, featuring Whitey Herzog and Red Schoendienst, both members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.   

As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness month, this educational event for men begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 22, at Springfield High School, 101 S. Lewis St., Springfield.  The program is presented by Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU.

Schoendienst was a member of five winning World Series teams as a player with the Milwaukee Braves and St. Louis Cardinals and as a manager with the Cardinals.  During his 19-year career, he also played for the New York Giants.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. 

Herzog is a former Major League Baseball manager, helping the St. Louis Cardinals win the 1982 World Series and making two other World Series appearances in 1985 and 1987.  He made his debut as a player in 1956 with the Washington Senators.  After his playing career ended in 1963, Herzog went on to perform a variety of roles including scout, manager, general manager and farm system director.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

The program begins with a dinner and screening opportunities by various health-care organizations.  There will be sign-up opportunities for prostate screenings and autographed baseballs and grills as door prizes.  All participants will receive a complimentary souvenir T-shirt. 

At 6:15 p.m., the educational program will begin.  Dr. Brad Schwartz, professor of urology and director of the SIU Center for Urologic Laparoscopy and Endourology, will lead the event and introduce the health services available to men at the SIU School of Medicine.  Talks will continue with Dr. Jerry Kruse, professor and chair of the SIU Department of Family and Community Medicine in Quincy.  He will speak on general men’s health topics including diet, exercise and heart health.  This will be followed by Dr. Tobias Köhler, assistant professor of urology, who will talk about erectile dysfunction and infertility in men.  The evening will end with Herzog and Schoendienst speaking about their baseball careers and answering questions from the audience. 

Prostate cancer strikes more than 220,000 men in the United States each year.  One in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  Early detection and treatment is one of the best tools for survival.  Screening that includes a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test combined with a prostate exam has led to cases being diagnosed earlier, often leading to a cure and increased survival.

Sponsors for SIU Men’s Night Out are Simmons Cancer Institute, Memorial Medical Center, St. John’s Hospital, Bank of Springfield and SIU HealthCare.

To purchase a $15 ticket for SIU Men’s Night Out, men age 21 and older may order online at or call Annette at 217-545-7133 weekdays.  Tickets also will be sold at all Bank of Springfield and Noonan True Value locations. 

An additional opportunity to meet Herzog and Schoendienst is offered at an “Evening with the Cardinals Legends” to be held Thursday, September 22nd from 5 until 6:30 p.m.  For $100, ticket holders for this event will have a casual dinner with both Herzog and Schoendienst and can have one item autographed by them.  Anyone can order online at or call Annette at 217-545-7133 weekdays.  Seating is limited.