ST. LOUIS - A stranger approached Stan Musial's grandson Andrew Edmonds during the Hall of Famer's public viewing Thursday, with tears running down his face.
"Your grandpa's best attribute," the man said, "was that he made nobodies feel like somebodies."
The thought was shared by many Saturday as friends, family, former teammates and many who never even met him gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for a funeral Mass to remember the life of the one known simply as, 'The Man'.
Musial, who died on Jan. 19 at the age of 92, spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals and maintained his residence in St. Louis following his playing days.
Among those in attendance Saturday were the Cardinals six living Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Bruce Sutter and Musial's former roommate Red Schoendienst and five former and current Cardinals managers.
Many others spoke before, during and after the service of what Musial meant to them, the game of baseball a...