Stan “The Man” Musial – The Passing of a Legend
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By Landen Crouch ( Cardinals Correspondent) Follow @LandenCrouch
The most iconic figure in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals franchise will be laid to rest on Saturday. Stan “The Man” Musial died on January 19 in his home in Ladue, MO, just minutes away from a city that loved him dearly. All of Cardinals nation was in mourning over the weekend as the news spread. Current Cardinals Center Fielder Jon Jay tweeted his condolences to the Musial family.
Stan Musial Highlights:
RIP to Stan Musial, my condolences go out to his entire family
— Jon Jay (@jonjayU) January 20, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals owner, Bill DeWitt Jr., also had some very kind words to say about Stan the Man – “Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.”
That quote says it all. Stan was easily one of the greatest players to ever play the game of baseball. To this day, Stan Musial has some of the most impressive statistics that have ever been posted in the history the game. Musial played an impressive 22 seasons in the Majors from 1941-1963, missing the 1945 season because he enlisted into the United States Navy to serve during World War II.
One of the most impressive things about his career is his incredible durability as a player. It seemed as if Musial was invincible, as he rarely missed games due to injury. From 1942 until 1963, Musial appeared in at least 115 games every single year, reaching upwards of 150 games ten times during that span.
Some other impressive accomplishments of Musial:
- He was selected to 24 All-Star teams..
– He finished in the top 10 of the NL MVP vote 14 times, winning the award 3 times (’43, ’46, ’48).
– He was a part of 3 World Series Championship teams: 1942, 1944, and 1946.
– 475 career HRs – ranking 28th on the ALL-Time.
-6th Best Total Bases Mark of ALL-Time for 1 year with 429 in 1948.
-Led the League in Doubles 8 times, Hits 7 times and Triples 5 times.
-Drove in over 100 RBI in 10 different years and led 2 times (1948 and 1956).
– He won 7 NL Batting Titles – reaching a Batting Average of .350 or higher 5 times in his career.
– Astounding lifetime Batting Average of .331. (21st ALL-Time).
– Had 3,630 career hits – ranking 4th ALL-Time (1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road).
As you can see, Stan Musial was an incredibly talented ballplayer. He played the game hard, giving all he had at every moment. But he was even more than that. Even with being one of the most talented players of all time, he still risked it all for a greater cause, serving this great nation in World War II. He represented everything that Cardinal baseball is all about – leadership, commitment to team, and winning. Stan “The Man” Musial will forever live in the hearts of Cardinals fans everywhere. Although he will no longer be with us in the physical, his legacy will forever remain.
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A big thank-you goes out to our Cardinals Correspondent Landen Crouch for preparing today’s featured article. Landen is a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He has followed them almost religiously since he was 7-Years-Old. In recent years, though, he has discovered how deep his passion for the game of baseball is. His dream is to visit as many ballparks as he can in his lifetime. Landen does not currently cover sports professionally, but as a hobby. He is studying Vocal Music Education at Arkansas Tech University and is his final year in the program. He is set to graduate in December of this year. Follow and Interact with Landen on Twitter Follow @LandenCrouch
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