The Hall of Fame Remembers Stan Musial
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WKTV - Stan Musial passed away Saturday at his Ladue, Mo., home. He was 92. Musial was a seven-time National League batting champion and three-time NL Most Valuable Player who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. He was the longest tenured living Hall of Famer.
“Stan was a favorite in Cooperstown, from his harmonica rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ during Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, to the reverence he commanded among other Hall of Fame members and all fans of the game. More than just a baseball hero, Stan was an American icon and we will very much miss him in Cooperstown.”
– Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
“Stan will be remembered in baseball annals as one of the pillars of our game, with his many successes on the diamond, the passion with which he played, and his engaging personality. He utilized his trademark corkscrew swing to perfection, torching National League pitching to the tune of seven batting titles and gaudy career numbers. He played so well when the Cardinals visited Ebbets Field, Brooklyn fans dubbed him 'The Man', and he was, in every sense. The mold broke with Stan. There will never be another like him.”
– Jeff Idelson, Hall of Fame President
“It is a very sad day for me. I knew Stan very well. He used to take care of me at All-Star games, 24 of them. He was a true gentleman who understood the race thing and did all he could. Again, a true gentleman on and off the field - I never heard anybody say a bad word about him, ever.”
– Hall of Famer Willie Mays
Stan Musial's Hall of Fame Plaque (elected, 1969)
Stanley Frank Musial
St. Louis Cardinals 1941-63
Holds many National League records, among them: Games played 3,026; At-bats 10.972; Hits 3,630; Most runs scored 1,939; Most runs batted in 1,951; Total bases 6,134. Led N.L. in total bases six years and won seven N.L. batting titles. Most Valuable Player 1943, 1946, 1948. Played in 24 All-Star Games. Lifetime batting average .331.
Stan Musial Bio
Born: Nov. 21, 1920 at Donora, Pennsylvania
Height: 6-0 Weight: 195
Batted left and threw left
After 22 years as a Cardinal, Stan Musial ranked at or near the top of baseball’s all-time lists in almost every batting category. The dead-armed Class C pitcher was transformed into a slugging outfielder who topped the .300 mark 17 times and won seven National League batting titles with his famed corkscrew stance and ringing line drives. A three-time MVP, he played in 24 All-Star games. He was nicknamed The Man by Dodgers fans for the havoc he wrought at Ebbets Field and was but one home run shy of capturing the National League Triple Crown in 1948.
QUOTES ABOUT STAN MUSIAL
Ford C. Frick, former MLB commissioner: “Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.”
QUOTES FROM STAN MUSIAL
“Unless you give it all you’ve got, there isn’t any sense in playing.”
On the web: Stan Musial’s Hall of Fame Induction Speech, a video tribute and his Hall of Fame plaque appear online at www.baseballhall.org/hof/musial-stan