The year I was born (1948), Musial led the major leagues in batting average (.376), hits (230), doubles (46), triples (18), total bases (429), and slugging percentage (.702). He retired from the game in 1963. Who doesn’t know Stan the Man?
Happily, the good don’t always die young. This Sunday, God willing, Stan “The Man” Musial, who was not only one of baseball’s greatest hitters but one of the nicest guys to ever wear cleats, will turn 90. He lives independently with Lillian, his bride of 71 years, in St. Louis where they are beloved. Long-time Post-Dispatch baseball writer Rick Hummel, who knows as much about the Cardinals and The Man as anyone, told me that neither of the Musials is suffering from any debilitating ailments. Stan still gets out, he said, though less often than in the past and sometimes with the help of a cane. He even makes it to his natural habitat, the ballpark, from time to time. Good thing. Somebody has to give Albert Pujols hitting tips.The Man at 90 — A Tribute from The American Spectator by Larry Thornberry.
- Musial to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom (mlb.mlb.com)
- Musial takes lap as fans ‘Stand for Stan’ (mlb.mlb.com)
- Cards fans rally around Stan the Man (theglobeandmail.com)
- St. Louis Cardinals campaign for Stan Musial to receive Presidential Freedom medal (sports.espn.go.com)
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