ST. LOUIS Thousands of Cardinals fans braved frigid temperatures and long lines to pay their final respects to baseball legend Stan Musial Thursday afternoon.
And it would have taken a lot more to keep them from seeing the man that most of them never even had the opportunity to meet.
Musial, a Hall of Famer who spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals, died Saturday evening at the age of 92.
The line of people extended down the street when the doors to the Cathedral Basilica opened just before 2 p.m. and a steady line continued throughout the day. Some wore business attire while others donned Musial's No. 6 jersey or other Cardinals gear.
"Stan gave me a lot of good times so I can surely give him a little of my time," said longtime Cardinals fan Gene Sandrowski. "Anywhere I go, I say I'm from St. Louis and they say the arch and Stan Musial, or Stan Musial and the arch. He's as big as the arch.
"That's the man that made St. Louis. There will never be another Stan Musi...