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Stan Musial represented everything that I believed baseball was when I was a kid. He represented everything that is sorely missing from the game today. He played the game and loved the game for the sake and the beauty of the game. Above and beyond his tremendous accomplishments on the field, Musial was a rarity in life, a class act.
Musial died on January 19 at 92. I hadn’t given him much thought over the years I must admit but his passing has somehow struck me more than anyone not a friend or a relative. I saw him on television in his final major league at bat (the weekly New York Yankee Saturday Game of the Week was interrupted for this) and at the time I had little idea of who he was and what he had accomplished.
The numbers of course speak for themselves. Loudly. 3,630 hit (in an odd quirk he had the exact same number of hits at home and on the road). A career batting average of .331. 1,951 RBI. Three National League MVP awards. He was an All Star 24 times. He was a World champion three times. At the time of his retirement in 1963, Musial held or shared 17 major league records, 29 National League records and nine All star game records.
Off the field he was a successful entrepreneur in the restaurant business. He played his entire 23 year career with the St. Louis cardinals. He has two statues at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 on the first ballot.
In 2011, Musial was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award which can be given to an American civilian.
Born in Donora, Pennsylvania, one of five children, Musial played semi pro baseball at 15 and quickly became a star despite playing against adults. His father had initially resisted the dream of playing baseball professionally but Stan and his mother, after much debate with his father, eventually changed his father’s mind about making the game of baseball into a viable livelihood.
He was originally signed as a pitcher. His batting skills soon outshone any notion the St. Louis organization might have had about Musial being a big league pitcher. His second season in the minor leagues, Musial won nine games but his .352. As with Babe Ruth before him, his batting skills were too great to ignore.
Musial reportedly almost gave up the game in 1940 as he was newly married, had one child and was trying to make ends meet on $16 a week. A shoulder injury in 1939 didn’t help the situation but his then manager and later lifelong friend Dickie Kerr convinced Musial to keep at it, seeing the potential that was lying just below the surface.
In the fall of 1941, Musial was promoted to the Cardinals. The legacy was about to begin.
In the 12 games Musial played in St. Louis in 1941, Musial hit .462 almost helping the Cardinals win the National League pennant that season. The following season he led St. Louis to the World Series, along the way winning the NL rookie of the year award.
In 1954 he became the first player (Nate Colbert replicated the feat in 1972) to hit five home runs in a double header. That day, he also became the only player to ever total 21 bases in a double header.
The highlights go on and on and on.
Stanley Frank “Stan” Musial had the ability and personality fitting one of the all-time greats.
Ty Cobb noted in a 1952 Life magazine article:
No man has ever been a perfect ballplayer. Stan Musial, however, is the closest to being perfect in the game today.... He plays as hard when his club is away out in front of a game as he does when they're just a run or two behind.
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NBC’s Bob Costas delivered the emotional eulogy for Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial, who passed away at 92. Musial played for the Cardinals from 1941 to 1963. That’s right — he played for the same team for 22 years. In fact, Musial was so revered in St. Louis, that two statues of him stand outside Busch Stadium. He was considered...
In one of the classiest moves of the year, the St. Louis Blues will wear Musial #6 jerseys for warmups before their game against the Minnesota Wild to honor St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan “The Man” Musial. Musial died on January 19th, and was a three-time NL MVP and a seven-time batting champion. The Blues also took out a full-page ad in the St. Louis-Post Dispatch...
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...
ST. LOUIS The street hockey records from the 1930's in Denora, Pa., don't seem to exist but if they did, Stan Musial's name would probably have been somewhere on the list.
A day after the baseball Hall of Famer was laid to rest after passing away a week earlier at the age of 92, the St. Louis Blues honored Musial by wearing jerseys with his name and No. 6 on the back...
In a display of St. Louis pride, the Blues paid tribute to one of their city’s most beloved athletes on Sunday.
The team wore Stan Musial‘s name and number on the back of their jerseys during pregame warm-ups in memory of the Hall of Fame outfielder. Musial, who played 22 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, died last Saturday at age 92.
The sweaters will then be autographed by...
Legendary baseball player Stan Musial, who died last week at the age of 92, will have his legacy honored by the NHL’s St. Louis Blues this Sunday, who will wear practice jerseys with Musial’s #6 before their game against the Minnesota Wild.
Blues will wear Musial #6 jersey in warmups Sunday in honor of the great Stan Musial. Jerseys auctioned to benefit Cardinals Care/14 Fund...
Stan Musial was an exceptional ballplayer and by many accounts exceptional human being. It was fitting that he was eulogized in an exceptional manner.
Veteran sportscaster and St. Louis native Bob Costas spoke for over 19 minutes at the funeral for Musial Saturday, a week after the Baseball Hall of Famer died at the age of 92. Costas says he spoke at the request of Musial, who asked...
The ratings are in...and according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Stan Musial's funeral wasn't a hit (get it?) for the local stations in St. Louis that opted to cover the event Saturday.Wait, hold on. You mean to tell me that a televised funeral for a baseball player, albeit one that was universally loved, wasn't a ratings smash? I mean, regardless of how much...
It’s been a week since St. Louis (and the Baseball World) lost Stan “the Man” Musial. I told Russ when I found out that I wasn’t surprised (his health had been going south for a while) but I was in shock. A week later, and it’s still a little surreal.
Russ did a good job already looking at what Stan meant to baseball. I’m going to tell everyone what he meant to St...
Up until he left the St. Louis Cardinals for the greener pastures of Southern California, many Cardinals' fans believed that former Cardinals' star first baseman Albert Pujols was the second coming of the late Stan Musial.
Obviously, Pujols is thought of much differently than Stan Musial at this point, but there is no denying the amount of respect Pujols had for "...
This morning, I’d like to comment a little on two stories from the weekend, neither of them Mets related because, well, they haven’t done anything.
The first is Stan Musial’s funeral and the second Frank Thomas’ comments from the White Sox’s annual fan convention.
In different ways, both speak to baseball’s history in a profound light. Both return us to a cleaner, simpler...
Over the last two months, Bob Costas has come under fire for his comments on gun control. But while he's veered into the political and football ends of the spectrum this year, his bread and butter has always been baseball. MLB Network has been spotlighting his interview skills in Costas at the Movies in recent weeks, and Costas delved into his major passion once again on Saturday...
There are several sports stories and headlines for you to keep up with this weekend. Every Friday in the Bommarito Sports Update we will help sift through it all to keep you updated. Some of the key storylines to follow this weekend are...
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FOX Sports Midwest is scheduled to re-air the tribute to Stan Musial, "Remembering Stan Musial" twice in the upcoming...
Bob Costas gives a touching eulogy for St Louis Cardinal icon Stan Musial.
Every year, the group known as the UCB (the United Cardinal Bloggers) come together on one massive project known as the United Cardinal Bloggers Annual.
I-70 baseball has been a proud member of the UCB for almost three years and we have contributed to the Annual every year of our existence. This year, a post dedicated to the memory of my father was chosen as the “Post Of The...