- Here is a video clip of Musial’s final At-Bat.
- Here is Richard Goldstein’s obituary from the New York Times.
- Click here to see Stan Musial swing the bat.
Now that I’ve gotten a good deal of other stuff out there on the site, I thought I would pitch in my two cents. In game three of the this past season’s NLCS, I was sitting in the stands getting ready to see the Cardinals take on the Giants. About ten minutes before the game started, the loudspeaker came on: “CARDINALS FANS, PLEASE WELCOME THE GREATEST CARDINAL OF ALL TIME: STAN MUSIAL.” Stan was then driven around the field so all fans could salute him. In all of my years, I have never seen so much outpour and love for one human being than there was for Stan on that night. I unfortunately never had the privilege to personally meet him, but it’s pretty clear that there is a separation from the “good guys in baseball” and Stan Musial. He was just head and shoulders above everyone else in nearly everything he did. He was an absolute icon to all Cardinals fans and he will never be forgotten.
To go through his accomplishments and awards over the course of his career is a complex task, but here are some numbers to give you an idea of how incredible he was:
- He was an All-Star 24 — no that is not a typo — times.
- He won three World Series (1942, 1944, 1946) as well as three MVPs (1943, 1946, 1948)
- He was a 7-time batting champion (’43, ’46, ’48, ’50, ’51, ’52, ’57)
- He had the following career statistics: .331 BA, 3,630 hits, 475 HRs, 1,951 RBIs, 1,599 walks. 1,949 runs, 725 doubles.
- He is second all time to Hank Aaron in total bases with 6,134.
He played his entire career for the Cardinals from 1941-1963. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969 as a first-ballot Hall of Famer with just over 93% of the vote. (For what it’s worth, I would love to hear the defense from the writers who did not vote him in). His last great accomplishment was probably winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was given to him by President Obama in February 2011. We’ll be back with more throughout the day.