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January 20th, 2013, 11:47 AM
Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies

Tribune Newspapers
11:19 p.m. CST, January 19, 2013

To generations of baseball fans, he was simply “Stan the Man.”

Stan Musial, a legendary slugger for the St. Louis Cardinals who came to embody one of the sport's most successful franchises, died Saturday. He was 92.

Musial, who had Alzheimer's disease, died at his home in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue, the Cardinals announced.

During his 22 seasons, all with the Cardinals, Musial won seven National League batting titles and three NL Most Valuable Player awards. A career .331 hitter, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969, becoming only the fourth player chosen in his first year of eligibility.

“Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball,” William DeWitt Jr., the Cardinals' chairman, said Saturday in a statement.

Musial's nickname was inspired by Brooklyn Dodgers fans who marveled at his mastery of the Dodgers at Ebbets Field and complained, “Here comes the man again.”

Don Newcombe, a star pitcher for the Dodgers, told Sports Illustrated in 2010: “I could have rolled the ball up there against Musial, and he would have pulled out a golf club and hit it out.”

Stanley Frank Musial was born Nov. 21, 1920, in Donora, Pa., to Lukasz and Mary Lancos Musial, the fifth of their six children.

In high school, Musial was a two-sport star and could have played college basketball on scholarship but signed with the Cardinals as a pitcher in 1938.

He was so wild in Williamson, W.Va., the lowest level of the Cardinals' minor league system, that his manager suggested he be released. But another player's injury gave him a chance to play outfield, and he saved his career by hitting .352. The next season, Musial hurt his left shoulder diving for a ball in center field, ending his pitching career.

“My arm never did get better,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2002. “I couldn't throw hard from then on. But it never bothered my hitting.”

In 1941, he reached the majors despite starting the season on a low-minor league team in Springfield, Mo. Musial hit a combined .364 jumping through the Cardinals system, including .426 in 12 games late in the season for St. Louis. “Facing oblivion in the spring, he reached stardom,” according to the 2001 book “Musial: From Stash to Stan the Man.”

With Musial in the lineup beginning in 1942, the Cardinals reached the World Series in three consecutive seasons, winning in 1942 and 1944.

In 1943, Musial won his first batting title and MVP award when the Cardinals lost the Series to the Yankees.

His signature feature was a batting stance that White Sox pitcher Ted Lyons once said made Musial look like “a kid peeking around the corner to see if the cops are coming.” Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog had told Musial, “I tried to have your stance and I was in the minors for eight years.”

After spending 1945 in the Navy, Musial again led the Cardinals to the World Series in 1946, when they defeated the Red Sox in seven games. Musial and Red Sox star Ted Williams struggled in the series, each hitting only .222. It was Musial's last World Series.

His best season may have been 1948, when he was named the league's MVP for the third time. Musial hit .376 and led the league in almost every offensive category. He just missed winning the Triple Crown. Musial hit 39 home runs, one short of the league lead.

Musial retired after the 1963 season and spent a year as the Cardinals' general manager.

At the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis, Musial received a standing ovation when he was driven onto the field before the game. He handed a ball to President Barack Obama, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Musial's wife of 72 years, Lillian, died in May. He is survived by their son, Richard, and daughters Gerry Ashley, Janet Schwarze and Jean Edmonds; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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NL MVP three times - 1943, 1946, and 1948

Seven batting titles.

3630 hits (4th all time). 1815 home, 1815 away.

725 doubles (3rd)

177 triples (19th)

475 HR (28th)

6134 total bases (2nd)

1951 RBI (6th)

BA .331 (30th)

3026 games played (6th)


Musial batted .365 in 1946, the Cardinals beat the Red Sox in the WS.

Musial was a chef in his restaurant. That's where Yogi Berra met his wife Carmen, who worked as a waitress.

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Musial at the 2009 All Star Game in St Louis.

January 20th, 2013, 11:55 AM
Maybe the most underrated player of all time. If he played in NY, he would have been a God. And he was supposed to have been a very nice man.

Rest in peace.

January 25th, 2013, 06:33 PM
Interesting factoid

First, you have to think about Stan Musial and Ken Griffey Jr, and where they place on a list of all-time great baseball players. Easily in the top 25, probably higher.

They share a birthday, November 21.

They were born in the same place, Donora PA.

The amazing thing is that Donora (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donora,_Pennsylvania#Notable_people) has an area of 2 sq miles and a population of 5600.

January 26th, 2013, 03:56 PM
Griffey Jr. was a terrific player who became overshadowed as Bond's head grew bigger (and other parts maybe smaller). At one time, before steroids, they were considered close to equals.

Those are great factoids.