Raymond Mathew Herbat, 63, former Salt Lake Tribune sportswriter, died Jan. 27, 1998.
Mr. Herbat covered college football, basketball and minor league baseball at the Tribune for 26 years.He was a journalist in the U.S. Navy from 1954-58 and then completed his bachelor's degree at Kansas' Pittsburg State College. He then worked for several newspapers in his home state of Ohio before joining the Tribune in 1964.
Mr. Herbat had the gift of gab, and he loved to debate any team's performance. He was also well-known for his amazing ability to recall any championship game in any sport. He covered Brigham Young University in the 1980 Holiday Bowl and also the Cougars' national championship 1984 season.
However, he was perhaps best-known as a baseball writer and had a nickname, "The Sage." He covered baseball for 20 seasons at Derks Field, from the Bees, to the Padres, to the Angels and finally to the Gulls.
Mr. Herbat retired from the Tribune in 1990 and started a baseball card shop in Murray.
His funeral was Monday, Feb. 2, at Redwood Memorial Estates.