Found January 20, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
Houston-astros-louis
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 real great ballplayer no matter how you looked at it, not only because of his average but because he could do everything else. " Presentations on the main stage included memories of Musial from those in the Cardinals family and fans were seen wearing his No. 6 jersey or holding up signs. Memorabilia sellers reported huge increases in sales of Musial related items. Gathering just hours after Musial's passing became official around 5:45 p.m. Saturday night, current and past Cardinals paused to reflect on the life of the three-time MVP, known simply as 'The Man'. They all kept coming back to the same thing. "I think that his nickname 'The Man' kind of says it all, " said first baseman Allen Craig. "I think it stands for how he played on the field and the person he was off the field from what I heard about him. A lot of people really cared about what he was off the field. "He was one of the first guys you learn about when you put the uniform on and especially when you step foot in the big league clubhouse, Stan 'The Man' Musial and everything he stood for and the player that he was. Obviously disappointed to hear about that loss. " Musial had been in declining health the past few years and his death didn't come as a surprise to those who knew him closely. One of those was former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who announced his passing to a large crowd at his charity event Saturday night. La Russa recalled memories of his father telling him about Musial while growing up in Tampa when the Cardinals held Spring Training in nearby St. Petersburg. "When I was a kid in Tampa, my dad worked six days a week but on Sundays, when we could afford it, we would go see Spring Training games, the White Six in Tampa and the Cardinals and Yankees in St. Petersburg, " La Russa explained. "We would drive back and he would tell me about Stan. Later on when I was a manager and he knew Stan was in my office, he got upset, so I got Stan on the phone and he would talk to him. " Asked what he would remember most about Musial, La Russa said, "Just the way he treated people. To be around him and see the respect and the courtesy, the caring, the sense of humor, that's the way he was with anybody. You say, 'Man this is Stan Musial doing this,' and you think I should be more like that. " Musial is the Cardinals' franchise all-time leader in games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits, total bases, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, walks and extra-base hits. At the time of his retirement in 1963, he held or shared 17 major league records. The 24-time All-Star hit .331 and had 475 home runs and 1,951 RBIs during his career and led the league in doubles eight different times. He finished his career with 3,630 hits - exactly 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road. Musial made several appearances at Busch Stadium throughout the years for Opening Day and playoff appearances. His final appearance came before Game 4 of the NLCS last October when he rode around the warning track on a golf cart and delivered the game ball to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "One of the best parts of any baseball season was Opening Day when you got to shake his hand, knowing that you were going to be a part of an organization and a team that was his organization, " said reliever Mitchell Boggs. "We are his team. He set an example for not only baseball players but for anybody to live by and not because he was a good baseball player. He's so much more than that and I think you look at his life, 22 years playing for the Cardinals is a small part of that in the grand scheme of things. "The reason he connected with people and the reason he had such an impact on people was because has a real person. He didn't mind shaking your hand, he didn't mind signing your baseball and that goes a long way with normal people and at the end of the day, he was a great baseball player, one of the best to ever play, but he was a whole lot more than that. " Musial is also celebrated for skipping the 1945 season to serve in the Navy in World War II. When he returned a year later, Musial won his second MVP award and led the Cardinals to the 1946 World Series title. Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. grew up watching Musial play in St. Louis. Years later when he bought the team in 1996, he developed a friendship with 'The Man' that he'll cherish forever. DeWitt shared a story from when he traveled with Musial several years ago to Washington D.C. to help christen a new ship, the USS Cardinal. "They asked Stan if he would sign some autographs and the first thing Stan said was, 'How many naval personnel are on this ship?' " DeWitt recalled. "They said it was about 50 or 60 and Stan said, 'Well get me 50 or 60 baseballs then.' He sat there and signed and signed and signed until they all had a ball. That's incredible. "He wanted to make them happy. He wasn't doing anything for himself. He was doing it for other people. We're not the same Cardinals without Stan. "
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Funeral arrangements for Musial announced

ST. LOUIS, Mo. The St. Louis Cardinals announced that the family of Stan Musial has made the following funeral and public visitation arrangements for the Cardinals Hall of Famer. A public visitation is planned for Thursday, January 24th from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis. The public visitation is the opportunity...
REST IN PEACE

Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies at 92

Hall of Fame ballplayer Stan Musial, who spent his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals, died on Saturday at the age of 92.

Recalling Stan Musial on Springfield television

Along with St. Louis Cardinals radio announcer John Rooney, I was honored to be one of the guests on KOLR-TV in Springfield, Missouri to discuss the legacy of Stan Musial. We were part of the 30-minute weekly sports show called “Ozarks Saturday/Sunday,” hosted by Nick Carboni. “The Man” holds a special place in Springfield history, as he played in the outfield there during...

Stan Musial dead at 92

Sad news in the baseball world continues today, as Stan Musial, the great St Louis Cardinals outfielder, has passed away at the age of 92. Musial played all 22 of his Major League seasons in St Louis, where became known as “Stan the Man.” He is regarded as one of the greatest ball players of all-time. The three-time MVP hit over 475 home runs, batted in 1951 RBIs, and recorded...

Baseball Hall of Famer Stan “The Man” Musial Passes Away at Age 92

Legendary St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder and Baseball Hall of Famer, Stan “The Man” Musial passed away of natural causes at age 92 according to his official twitter page. Stan the Man passed peacefully at home at 5:45 pm tonight of natural causes. Life will never be the same without baseball’s perfect knight. — Stan Musial (@stanthemaninc) January 20, 2013 A great stat that...

Musial on manager's mind at Cardinals fan festival

Mike Matheny first encountered Stan Musial about two decades ago, watching the Hall of Famer draw a harmonica out of his jacket with an impish grin and captivate yet another crowd. Whichever way the St. Louis Cardinals decide to memorialize Stan the Man, whether they wear armbands or a patch on their uniforms, their manager expects his team to adhere to Musial's work ethic....

Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial Dies

Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial died on Saturday at his suburban St. Louis home. A cause of death was not immediately announced. Stan the Man was the second baseball icon to pass away in less than 24 hours. Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver died Saturday morning. Musial won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP, 20-time All-Star, and helped the Cardinals...

Stan Musial passes away at 92

ST. LOUIS The greatest Cardinal of them all has passed away. Hall of famer Stan Musial, winner of three MVP Awards and holder of nearly all franchise records from his 22-year career with the Cardinals, died Saturday at the age of 92. Musial, the first player in franchise history to have his number retired, passed away at his home in Ladue, Mo., with his family by his side. "...

St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial passes away at age 92

Tweet   In the great history of the St. Louis Cardinals franchise there may not be a more beloved player than Stan “The Man” Musial. He was a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 1969, won three National League MVP Awards (1943, 1946, 1948), and was a member of three World Series winning teams [...]

Remembering 'the Man'

ST. LOUIS - The first person arrived just minutes after Stan Musial's death went public and the crowd continued to grow. Soon the group was big enough to block two lanes of traffic, yet nobody seemed to care. In a moving tribute to the greatest baseball player in the history of the storied St. Louis Cardinals franchise, hundreds of fans gathered near his statue late Saturday...

Stan Musial 1920-2013

On Saturday night, baseball lost one of its all-time greats. Stan “The Man” Musial, a Hall of Fame inductee who played 22 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, passed away at the age of 92. I’ll leave the descriptions of Musial’s unique swing and the stories of contributions to the community to writers more eloquent and knowledgeable than I. FanGraphs is all about statistics...

Daily Friar 1.20.13

I thought I was going to be able to get to the Daily Friar yesterday, but as it turned out it didn’t happen. Let me start off today’s piece by sending my thoughts out to the families of Earl Weaver and Stan Musial. It’s a sad day in baseball whenever one of the greats leaves the earth, and yesterday we lost two of the most iconic faces of the game. Earl Weaver, the feisty Orioles...

Halo Headlines: Hanson and Vargas avoid arbitration, Pujols honors the late Stan Musial

The January 21st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Hanson and Vargas avoid arbitration, Pujols honors the late Stan Musial and much more... The Story: Jason Vargas and Tommy Hanson both avoided arbitration with one-year deals of $8.5 million and $3.75 million respectively. The Monkey Says: That means Kevin Jepsen is still outstanding...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.