Stanislaw Franciszek Musial
"The Donora Greyhound"
b November 21, 1920 - Donora, PA d January
19, 2013 -St Louis, MO
I'm sure you already knew that Stanley Frank Musial was a great harmonica player in St. Louis, MO. I won't rattle-on about his musical ability as you have probably heard Stan play in one of the St. Louis Joints sometime within the last 60+ years.
However, I will point out that Stanley was a pretty fair baseball player in his day. Here are some of the non-musical facts relating to Stanley's consummate skill on the baseball diamond.
Stan The Man wore #6 for the St. Louis Cardinals for 22 years. Stan's number 6 was retired by the Cards in 1963. Stan was the first Cardinal to have his number retired. Red Schoendienst as a 1945 rookie wore Stan's #6 while Stan was in the Navy and gave the number back to Stan in 1946.
7-time National League Batting Champion-1943, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, & 1957.
3-time baseball's Most Valuable Player-1943, 1946, & 1948.
Played in 24 All Star games. Only Hank Aaron played in more All Star
The first player to hit 5 home runs in a single day. May 2, 1954 in St
Louis, MO against the New York Giants.
Played in 3,026 games and had 3,630 hits
1,951 Runs Batted In and scored 1,949 runs.
Stan was the General Manager of The St. Louis Cardinals in 1967. Guess what team won the World Series that year?
.331 Career Batting Average with 475 Home Runs.
Led MLB 6 years in slugging percentage.
Led MLB 6 years in total bases.
Elected to The Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.
Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
Player of the decade 1940's at Right field by Sporting News.
Bridge over the Monongahela River in Donora, PA was named The Stan Musial Bridge in May-2011.
Bridge over Mississippi River in St Louis, MO named Stan Musial Veterans Memorial in July-2013.
Served in the United States Navy in 1945.
As a 14 year old, Stan was the water boy for the Donora American Legion team. He pitched for them one day and they put him on the roster. He was signed as a pitcher by the cards, however switched to left field in 1941.
Stan's baseball salary in 1938 was $65 per month as he played class D in West
VA; then class C in Springfield, MO; then class AAA in
Rochester, NY. Three years in the minors on his way to
the Major Leagues in 1941. Joined the Cardinals on September 17, 1941 and only
played in 12 games that year. Stan signed in 1942 for $350 per month. Stan lived near the ballpark in 1943 and
1944 and walked over to Sportsman's Park as he didn't own a car.
Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. at the White House on February 15, 2011.
Life-size Statue of Stan "The Man" Musial dedicated at Busch
Stadium-St. Louis, MO in 1968. This statue was sculpted by Washington
University fine arts professor Carl Mose. Five years in the making, Mr.
Mose was picked to make the statue by the 1963 St. Louis Mayor Raymond Tucker.
An additional statue honoring Stan was unveiled on April 2, 2005 at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The life-sized statue was made by Missouri sculptor Harry Weber and the statue is based on a 1963 sketch by Amadee Wohlschlaeger, an artist employed by The Post-Dispatch newspaper at the time. The sketch shows Musial signing an autograph for a youngster. Springfield, Missouri businessman John Q. Hammons provided the $100,000 to pay for the statue which will reside at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Missouri.