Musial didn't earn his nickname "the man" from biased local media... he earned it in Brooklyn where he was a career .566 hitter. The Brooklyn fans started chanting "He's the man" one game, as he continued to put Brooklyn pitching to shame. Stan was a 24 time all-star (they played 2 all star games in some years back then) and famously ended an extra inning all star affair. The best part of that story is Yankee great Yogi Berra was behind the plate for the AL for all 12 of those innings, and as Musial walked to the plate complained that his feet hurt. Musial just smiled and said, "you won't be there much longer" and hit a walk off home run. Musial played for 22 years, and never struck out more than 50 times in a season... and he was signed originally as a pitcher. Musial is second all time in total bases trailing only Hank Aaron. Musial leads the Cardinals, still to this day, in 7 statistical offensive categories. Musial was a first ballot hall of famer (rightly so) and every year since played take me out to the ball game one his harmonica (which apparently was hard to separate from him, seeing he once was caught playing it at the front of a conga line at a party). Musial won three world titles and three MVP's... the only guy in the National League ever to accomplish both. Musial came one home run shy of winning the triple crown in 48, his best season, and he won the batting title 7 times. Musial had the exact same number of hits at home and on the road 1,815 each. If you need to see quotes from players and coaches of his time, just go to espn and read their article about him... because its littered with nothing but praise.
Musial made it to opening day at Busch every year... wearing his red jacket with the other greats... well he was the greatest one, the others were honored just to see him there. Musial will be missed today... and every day in St. Louis. I would say the Cardinals should win the World Series this year... just for him, but that wouldn't be enough. No patch or saying or dedication will do... Musial did so much for that organization and that town.
We will miss you Stan... you were the man
T.O. signing out