Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/25/14

Via Pro Sports Daily:

Known to many merely as "Stan the Man," Stan Musial, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, died Saturday at the age of 92.

The St. Louis Cardinals, the team with whom he spent his entire career, announced Musial's death in a press release, saying that he passed away at home surrounded by his family. No cause of death was provided.

A three-time National League MVP and seven-time batting champ, Musial ranks fourth all-time in hits with 3,630. He posted a .331 batting average in his career and swatted 475 home runs. He also appeared in a record 24 All-Star games.

Musial stands as one of the most popular players in Cardinals history. He spent his entire 22-year career with the team and helped St. Louis win four National League pennants and three World Series titles (1942, '44 and '46). Musial remained a part of the Cardinals organization after he retired and the team honored him with two statues outside of Busch Stadium.

Born Nov. 21, 1920 in Donora, Penn., as the fifth of six children of Eastern European immigrants, Musial first gained attention for his pitching exploits. The Cardinals signed him in 1937 and he started his career as a hurler before arm trouble, and his potent bat, led St. Louis to make him an outfielder full-time.

Musial made his big-league debut in 1941 and became a regular in the St. Louis outfield the following year, posting the first of what would be 16 straight .300 seasons. He missed the 1945 campaign while serving in the U.S. Navy.

One of Musial's trademarks was his unusual hitting stance. In a deep crouch and with his back almost facing the pitcher, he resembled "a kid peeking around the corner to see if the cops were coming," according to pitcher Ted Lyons.

In a career known for prolific hitting, perhaps Musial's most famous blow came in the 1955 All-Star Game when he blasted a walk-off home run to give the National League a 6-5 12-inning victory at Milwaukee's County Stadium.

Musial's most productive day came on May 2, 1954, during a doubleheader against the New York Giants. Musial blasted three home runs in the first game and two more in the nightcap to become the first player to hit five homers in one day.

While Musial remained one of baseball's top hitters throughout the 1950s, his Cardinals team never enjoyed the same success it had in the previous decade. Musial's final game was Sept. 29, 1963. It was preceded by a ceremony in which his No. 6 was retired by the Cardinals. At the time of his retirement, Musial owned or shared 17 major league records, and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 in his first year of eligibility.

Musial remained a public figure in St. Louis, especially at Cardinals games, and he could frequently be heard playing his harmonica at various events. He had married his high school sweetheart, Lillian, in 1940 and they remained together until her death in 2012. Musial is survived by his four children.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Kobe viewed Dwight Howard's departure as 'positive'

Lions suspend CJ Mosley, send him home from London

Federal judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Report: Bucs sign Gerald McCoy to seven-year extension

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans about booing

Report: Shonn Greene arrested after parking in handicap spot

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

GRAPHIC: Cam Atkinson shows how close he was to losing eye

WATCH: 350-pound Arkansas lineman throws TD pass

Penn State fans blew air horns outside Ohio State's hotel?

WATCH: Oregon's Charles Nelson has impressive punt return TD

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Penn State fans blew air horn at Ohio State players' hotel?

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

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.