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ST. LOUIS - Stan "The Man" Musial, who played his entire 22-year major league career (1941-63) for the St. Louis Cardinals, died this evening at his home in Ladue, Missouri surrounded by his family. He was 92.
The origins of The Man nickname fit the profile he earned among the opposition. A Cardinals traveling secretary relayed a story to Bob Broeg, a late St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter, about Brooklyn Dodgers fans mumbling, Here comes the man again, when Musial approached the plate at Ebbets Field. He was a paradox in the batters box, someone with a swing that could break hearts but a gentlemanly demeanor that could uplift them.
With that gift, Musial turned Major League Baseballs record book into a personal time capsule. In 22 years with the Cardinals, he ranked first or near the top of all-time lists in each offensive category. He won three World Series titles, three MVP awards and seven National League batting titles. He batted better than .300 in 17 consecutive seasons and played in 24 All-Star games. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.
The respect for him went beyond numbers, peers admiring him for his complete profile as a player. Former outfielder Ty Cobb once considered him to be better than famed New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio, the closest talent in the game to perfect. He was a superb fielder and runner, a rare blend of athletic and physical gifts.
Musial was part legend and myth, his legacy looming over the jewel of St. Louis sports landscape in the nearly five decades since he walked away. On Sept. 29, 1963, during an hour-long retirement ceremony at Sportsmans Park, then-MLB commissioner Ford Frick placed an appropriate frame around a sterling career by saying, Here stands baseballs perfect warrior. Here stands baseballs perfect knight.
In the years since, Musial became Cardinals royalty. He was immortalized with a 10-foot bronze statue outside Busch Stadium, revered when paraded in a red blazer before fans on Opening Day and in the postseason, treasured for being a living tie between the present and a golden past. In St. Louis, he was king.
The Man grew to represent more than a singular career. He became the collective pride of an organization that has produced 11 World Series titles and 18 National League pennants, someone a passionate fan base valued calling their own.
The player with humble beginnings from Donora, Penn., who made his major-league debut at age 20, became a national treasure. When he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Obama said, Stans remains, to this day, an icon, untarnished a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman youd want your kids to emulate.
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We have here a repeat of the first day – with different photos, of course. St. Louis Cardinals photos from Sunday’s second session of the 2013 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.
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Hall of Fame ballplayer Stan Musial, who spent his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals, died on Saturday at the age of 92.
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The Cardinal Nation subscribers should check out my article on the main site where I posted audio from each of the above and others. I expect to do the same for Sunday and Monday as well.
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Stan Musial, one of baseball's greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades, has died. He was 92.
Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.
The Cardinals announced Musial's death in a news release. They said he...
Stan Musial, by any measure one of the greatest ever to play the game of baseball, died yesterday at his St. Louis-area home. He was 92.
The St. Louis Cardinals signed Musial as a pitcher in 1937, but he didn’t spend much time on the mound.
In his 22 seasons with the Cardinals (from 1941–1963, taking a break to serve in the Navy in 1945), “Stan the Man” compiled 3,630 hits...
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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 [...]
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.
FOX Sports Midwest kicks off its 2013 coverage of St. Louis Cardinals baseball with two 30-minute shows from the Cardinals Winter Warm-up. Each episode includes interviews, sights and sounds from the annual event.
Cardinals Winter Warm-up TV specials on FOX Sports Midwest (times Central)
Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Friday, January 25 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 1)
One of baseball’s greatest players has passed away at age 92. Stan Musial’s resume was as impressive as anyone.
A hall of fame player, Musial won seven National League batting titles, three MVP awards and was part of three World Series championships for the Cardinals during the 1940s.
Musial passed away in his home. His son-in-law informed the Cardinals of his death.
The “Man,” who passed away Saturday at the age of 92, was the greatest, most beloved player in St. Louis Cardinals history.