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He and Aaron were the greatest living hitters alive until tonight. I'd argue the only guy better than Musial at the plate since 1940 is Ted Williams.
This post was edited by McBrutus on 1/19/2013 at 7:04 PM
A Class Act.
Stan The Man, there will never be another like him.
Rest in Peace
Stan was among the greatest!
For those who haven't heard, Earl Weaver also died today at age 82 while on a Caribbean cruise. Earl was a great Orioles manager for 17 years.
May God rest their souls!
Family Alma Maters: USF '80, CSU '80, University of Alabama '10, Ohio State University '13
In an age before agents, 24/7 sports new hype, etc he was a superstar in a medium sized market. Never read anything about him as a man that was in any way negative. Beloved by his teammates, the StL community and even by opponents in his era. I totally respect a great man who never felt the need for self-promotion. A true professional as a ballplayer. Not many of the greats left who served during WW2 like Stan did. I still have my Montgomery Ward Stan Musial baseball glove and maybe now is a good time to get it out to oil it again.
Lived in St Louis for many years. My office was close to Musial's and Biggie's restaurant. Took my Dad there for lunch one day. My Dad was a great baseball fan. Stan come by our table as he did most days and stopped, shook hands with my Dad and chatted briefly. My Dad was 80 and never stopped talking about meeting Stan the Man.
I'm 25 and I know as well as appreciated Stan the Man. That should be enough to tell anyone the legacy this guy left behind. I'm a baseball fan and a fan of the positive effect this guy had on the game and people around. I hope it continues to last for the next generations.
Do yourself a favor. Go look up his career stats. One of the most underrated players of all time. His numbers are sick and heard a great new stat about him today. Had same number of hits at home as away. 1830 both home and away. That shows consistence like no other. Rip Stan the Man.
Stan The Man and St. Louis. I'd argue there's never been a more perfect fit between superstar athlete and city. He will be missed greatly by Cardinal fans across the country. And I'm guessing some of you guys are Reds fans so it's nice that you would say some kind words about a Cardinal.
Stan Musial stands in my memory with greats such as Al Kaline, Roberto Clemente, Harmon Killebrew, and others who stood out in markets other than N.Y., L,A and Chicago. True, they toiled in an era during which baseball was truly the national pastime, but they helped MAKE the game the national pastime. they are missed.
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