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Saturday, January 19, 2013

MLB: Cardinals mourn loss of Stan Musial

The entire St. Louis Cardinals family is deeply saddened by the passing of Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial at the age of 92.  Musial, who played his entire 22-year major league career (1941-63) for the Cardinals, died this evening at his home in Ladue surrounded by his family.

“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.” “The entire Cardinals organization extends its sincere condolences to Stan’s family, including his children Richard, Gerry, Janet and Jean, as well as his eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren,” DeWitt said.  “We join fans everywhere in mourning the loss of our dear friend and reflect on how fortunate we all are to have known ‘Stan the Man’.”

Musial was the first player in Cardinals history to have his uniform number retired, and he was a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection in 1969, being named on 93 percent of the ballots.  At his retirement ceremony at the end of the 1963 season, Musial was referred to as “baseball’s perfect warrior, baseball’s perfect knight” by Commissioner Ford C. Frick.    Frick’s words are inscribed at the base of a bronze statue of Musial that stands outside Busch Stadium.  The now iconic statute, which sits on Musial Plaza along Stan Musial Drive, serves as a popular, almost hallowed, gathering spot for generations of Cardinals fans.

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2013 at 07:55 PM | 106 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: January 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM (#4351773)
Start with Latin. Then French, Spanish, Italian all make a lot more sense.
   102. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM (#4351792)
SdeB, I had 2 years of Latin coincident with my French. The instant I saw that agricola meant farmer in lesson 1, I was hooked on the vocabulary part. Ours was strictly book learning.
My boys took Latin in HS, and not only did they learn book Latin but also conversational with a lot of history/Roman life bits too. They had a wonderful Magistra.
   103. SandyRiver Posted: January 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM (#4352479)
Once again, Musial gets overlooked, as a thread about his passing turns into a discussion of Spanish. ;)

The Man's 1948 season was amazing in many ways (like his .702 SLG being NL tops by .138), but I find the 103 EBH especially remarkable. It led MLB by 22, NL by 29, and between Greenberg in 1940 and Aaron in 1959, no one else in MLB even reached 90, much less 100 - though Musial reached the 90 mark in 1949 and 1953. It's not the outlier to match Ruth's 1919-21 homers, but it still was head and shoulders above what anybody else did during that era.
   104. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM (#4352564)
Sandy, sorry. There were about three threads going at once so hijacking one isn't too awful, is it?

Cool facts, BTW.
   105. SandyRiver Posted: January 22, 2013 at 03:45 PM (#4352756)
Thanks, and that 1st line of mine was 2/3 snark.
   106. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: January 22, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4352766)
It led MLB by 22, NL by 29,

Musial, 1st place 429 total bases
Mize, 2nd place 316


edit: Stan's 429 bases was the highest total since Jimmy Foxx's 438 in 1932, and, well, no one has topped that total since.
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