Starting over three years ago, what began as a simple question about a curious photo turned into an intensive search. My self-initiated challenge became to try to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt the circumstances surrounding a photo of a very young Stan Musial.
In it, The Man, then still a very young man, wore a St. Louis Cardinals jersey that was clearly not his trademark number 6. His cap was of the bird design used in 1941, rather than the 1942 StL logo cap.
The photo’s sheer existence, which led to the discovery of several others in which Musial was also wearing the number 19, created conflict. A significant number of well-respected sources, including Musial himself via his biography, stated that the future Hall of Famer only wore the number 6 during his 22 years with St. Louis.
Then how did this photo come to be? My tasks were related but distinct – to determine both when and where the photo was taken.
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