Rob Rains

Rob Rains, Editor,

Rob Rains was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2017, St. Louis Media HOF 2018,  and is a former National League beat writer for USA Today’s Baseball Weekly. For three years he covered the Cardinals for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat until its demise in the 1980s.

Rains was awarded the Freedom Forum Grant to teach Journalism for a year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State. Based in St. Louis, Rains is often a guest on Frank Cusumano’s Pressbox Show on 590AM and has been writing books, magazine articles, and covers the Cardinals and Blues for He has written or co-written more than 30 books, most on baseball, including autobiographies or biographies of Ozzie Smith, Jack Buck, and Red Schoendienst.

He was one of the founding members of Rainbows for Kids and for 20 years has volunteered his time as a coach for the Rainbows for Kids baseball team which consists of children with cancer and their siblings. The photo, right shows former Cardinals manager Mike Shildt helping Rains at one of the “All-Star Games.”


Want to know more about Rob Rains?

Here is an interview by David Oliver for his podcast “OT With Oliver.” Oliver was surprised at all Rains had done :
Here is an interview by John Frost for his podcast “Life At The Ballpark”: CLICK HERE

Rob’s Awards and Honors


Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Rob with Jerald Andrews, the head of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Sally and Rob Rains: 2021 Citizens of the Year

In 2021- Rob and Sally Rains were named “Citizens of the Year” for their charity work through Rainbows for Kids working with Watson Trails Park to build a wheel chair accessible playground. 


St. Louis Media Hall of Fame


Rob and Sally Rains were inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2019.

 Rob Rains and Sally Tippett Rains run along with other writers and contributors. Rains is a credentialed reporter in the locker rooms and on the field, at the Winter Meetings, at the Draft and at Spring Training.

The site was started as a supplement to a radio show Rob Rains and B.J. Rains did in St. Louis in 2012 but it quickly grew beyond expectations and when the show ended due to format change at the radio station, the advertisers were all asked if they wanted to stay on. Most said yes and none of them have left. We could not do all we do without them.

Some Books by Rob Rains:

Charlie Gitto: The Mayor of Sixth Street-
Published in 2020

All Roads Lead to St. Louis; A Guide to the Cardinals and their Minor Leagues.
Published by Peppertree Publishing, Sarasota, FL 2018.

Intentional Walk,
published by Thomas Nelson 2013, a look at the faith of the St. Louis Cardinals

Wild Cards.
 commemorating 2011 Cards Season.

The Curse: Cubs Win, Cubs Win … or Do They?
Co-written,Andy Van Slyke. Ascend Books, 2010.

Tony LaRussa, Man on a Mission.
 Triumph 2009

James Naismith: Man Who Invented Basketball,
 Temple 2009

Accept the Challenge: The Memoirs of Jerry Clinton.
Reedy Press, 2006

Albert the Great: the Albert Pujols Story
. Sports Publishing. 2005.

My 1 Big Break: Inspiring Stories of Successful Business and Professional Leaders.
w/ Grimm, Johnson. Spotlight Press. 2004.

Centerfield on Fire
(with Dave Phillips). Triumph Books. 2004

Beyond X’s and O’s, My Thirty Years in the NFL
(with Jim Hanifan). Sports Publishing Inc., 2003.

Whitey’s Boys.
Triumph Books, 2002. *Cardinal Nation, The Sporting News, 2002

Ozzie Smith, the Road to Cooperstown.
Sports Publishing, 2002.

Baseball Samurais, Ichiro Suzuki and the Japanese Invasion.
St. Martin’s Press, 2001.

The Mighty ‘Mox, the 75th Anniversary History of KMOX Radio
(with Sally Tippett Rains). Diamond Communications, 2000.

Marshall Faulk, Rushing to Glory.
Sports Publishing, 1999.

Find A Way, Valpo’s Sweet Season
(with coach Homer Drew) Diamond Communications, 1999.

3 Mark McGwire Books: Home Run Hero.
St. Martin’s, 1998; Mac Attack, Sports Publshing, 1998; Slugger, Sports Pub. ’98

Red: A Baseball Life
(with Red Schoendienst). Sports Publishing, 1998.

Jack Buck, That’s A Winner.
Sports Publishing, 1997.

Playing On His Team
(with Sally Tippett Rains). CrossTraining Publishing, 1996.

The Cardinal Fans Little Book of Wit and Wisdom
. Diamond Communications, 1994.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ 100th Anniversary History.
St. Martin’s Press, 1992.

Wizard (with Ozzie Smith)
. Contemporary Books, 1988.


Charity Involvement

Rains volunteers his time helping run Rainbows for Kids, a 501 (c)(3) charity for families of children with cancer in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Each year Rains helps organize a charity fundraiser at Spring Training with the Homewood Suites to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach as well as Rainbows for Kids.