ST. LOUIS It was almost fitting that Stan Musial's passing happened on the weekend Cardinals fans from throughout the Midwest gathered for their annual Winter Warm-Up charity event.
Musial, a first ballot Hall of Famer who spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals, passed away Saturday evening at the age of 92.
The timing allowed Cardinals fans, players and front office personnel to all remember and celebrate the life of the franchise's great player together.
"He loved people and people loved him, " said fellow Hall of Famer and Musial's former roommate Red Schoendienst. "I never saw him get mad at anybody. There were certain times he could have but he was always nice. On and off the field he was as good as anybody you would ever want to meet.
"He knew how to play the game. He knew who was playing the outfield, what kind of arm he had, how many outs there was, what inning, if your winning by one run or winning and he knew when to take an extra base. He was just a r...