Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stanley Frank Musial, 1920-2013

Baseball -- and America -- lost one of its true princes today.  Stan "The Man" Musial is dead at the age of 92.

He is one of the greatest players to ever step onto a baseball diamond.  He is a legend and an icon, not just in St. Louis but among all of us who love the game of baseball.  The only thing that could match Musial's mastery on the field was his grace and modesty off it.

Here are just a few of Stan Musial's countless accomplishments:
-- Seven times the batting champion of the National League (1943, '46, '48, '50, '51, '52, '57).
-- Three times the N.L.'s Most Valuable Player (1943, '46, '48).
-- Three-time World Series champion with the St. Louis Cardinals (1942, '44, '46).
-- Compiled a lifetime batting average of .331 with 3,630 base hits (fourth most in baseball history).
-- Veteran of the U.S. Navy; served his country during World War II (missed the entire '45 season).
-- Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, receiving 93.2% of the vote in his first year of eligibility.

Thanks for all your contributions to the game, and to your community, Mr. Musial.

Rest in peace.


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