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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Musial and his frozen appendix : Sports

In May 1947, he had four at-bats five days after diagnosis.

Of course, he still had his appendix.

Musial had just gone 1-for-4 on May 7 in Brooklyn when he then let the team know about the stabbing pain near his stomach. The Cardinals’ first baseman was sedated and flown back to St. Louis to meet with the team doctor, Dr. Robert Hyland. According to reports from the time and later recounts in books and Bob Broeg columns, Hyland diagnosed Musial with appendicitis and tonsillitis. Hyland, however, suggested a different treatment than removal of the appendix.

“He recommended the freezing of Musial’s appendix because the surgery would sideline him for nearly a month,” wrote James N. Giglio in Musial: From Stash to Stan the Man. “Meanwhile, he slowly regained strength, thanks to Hyland’s treatments, Lil’s cooking, and five days’ rest before returning to the lineup.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 02:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt holliday, stan musial



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