ST. LOUIS She was the woman behind the Man. Many labels fit Lillian Lil Musial, wife of the greatest St. Louis Cardinal of all time: Compassionate, caring, a kind soul who taught others to love and live life.
Above all, though, she was Stan Musials biggest fan. It was a devotion that lasted until her death Thursday night at the age of 91 in her Ladue, Mo., home. Her husband was by her side. They were married for 71 years.
She always wanted him to get better or keep doing better, Brian Schwarze, the Musials grandson, told FOXSports.com. She knew when to turn it on with him. It was uncanny how close they really were.
Lil was born in 1920 as one of eight kids to Sam and Anna Labash. Her connection with Stan began when she met the future Hall of Fame player after she attended a Donora (Pa.) Zincs game with her father in 1934. There, she saw 15-year-old Stan pitch for the semi-professional team. She liked his curly brown hair. The greatness he achieved in 22 seasons with the Cardi...