In the great history of the St. Louis Cardinals franchise there may not be a more beloved player than Stan “The Man” Musial. He was a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 1969, won three National League MVP Awards (1943, 1946, 1948), and was a member of three World Series winning teams (1942, 1944, 1946). Musial spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals and was an All-Star every year but two, including eighteen consecutive seasons.
A glance through the Cardinals’ all-time records finds Musial at the top in games played (3,026), runs scored (1,949), hits (3,630), total bases (6,134), doubles (725), triples (177), home runs (475), runs batted in (1,951), and walks (1,599).
On Saturday Major League Baseball and the city of St. Louis lost one of its greats as Musial passed away at his home.
“Major League Baseball has lost one of its true legends in Stan Musial, a Hall of Famer in every sense and a man who led a great American life. He was the heart and soul of the historic St. Louis Cardinals franchise for generations, and he served his country during World War II. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, 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. All of Major League Baseball mourns his passing, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, admirers and all the fans of the Cardinals.” – Commissioner Bud Selig.
The inscription on Musial’s statue outside of Busch Stadium.
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