R.I.P. Salute Stan ‘The Man’ Musial [Photo Gallery]
At the Baseball Writers Association of America dinner last night at the New York Hilton, when Jeff Idelson, president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, told the crowd of Musial’s death, there was an audible gasp from the fans. There was only one Stan The Man.
“We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family,” said William DeWitt Jr., Chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals. “Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.’’
Noted Idelson of the longest tenured living Hall of Famer: “He utilized his trademark corkscrew swing to perfection, torching National League pitching to the tune of seven batting titles and gaudy career numbers. He played so well when the Cardinals visited Ebbets Field, Brooklyn fans dubbed him ‘The Man’, and he was, in every sense. The mold broke with Stan. There will never be another like him.” – nypost
Ty Cobb, who didn’t like anybody, once said this about Musial in a 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 way out in front in a game as he does when they’re just a run or two behind.” – nydailynews
“Major League Baseball has lost one of it’s true legends in Stan Musial, a Hall of Famer in every sense and a man who led a great American life,’’ MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said. “Stan’s life embodies baseball’s unparalleled history and why this game is the national pastime. As remarkable as Stan the Man was on the field he was a true gentleman in life.’’ – nypost
R.I.P. Stan “the Man”… to many he was called “the Gentleman”, recently won the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Feb 2011), Stan “the Man” Musial who had the perfect corkscrew swing and retired with more hits than any other man, passed away at 92 years old Saturday evening with family and friends right by his side. He was the perfect gentleman, a well-balanced (1,815 hits at home, 1,815 hits on the road) hitter, who even served in the Navy during WWII (pic above). Many kids used to chant his name “Stan, Stan, he’s the man, if he can’t do it no one can.” in spirit of his greatness. Musial would often play “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on his harmonica, which exuded his solid ground and American pride. His odd stance at the plate once reminded an old ballplayer, Ted Lyons, of “a kid peeking around a corner to see if the cops were coming.” Musial was so respected that when he came to Ebbetts Field to take on the Brooklyn Dodgers they would call him ‘the man’! He was so amazing that he played in 24 All-Star games in his 22-year career in the majors! Musial won seven National batting titles, three MVP’s, and three World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals (1942, 1944, 1946)! His No. 6 was the first number retired at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri and he hit .331 and 475 homeruns over his career. Musial retired in 1963 as the NL all-time leader for hits with 3,630 hits. He had a bronze statue dedicated to him in 1968 (pic above), and was a first-ballot HOFer in 1969 (93% votes). Musial was born Nov. 21, 1920, in Donora, Pa. He was actually a pitcher before he became a hitter, but a hit to his shoulder changed his destiny… to become one of the greatest hitters of all-time! Musial played and retired an absolute legend, a gentleman, and an icon for Cardinal baseball! R.I.P. to Stan “the Man” Musial!