January 20, 2013
Stan the Man.
A player so good he didn't require a last name, or even a full first name, beloved St. Louis Cardinals star Stan Musial died yesterday. He was 92 years old.
"I never heard anybody say a bad word about him, ever," fellow baseball legend Willie Mays said Saturday in a statement released by the Hall of Fame.
The Cardinals announced Stan Musial's death in a news release and said he died at his home in Ladue, a St. Louis suburb, surrounded by family.
Musial, a Midwest icon with too many feats to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque, was so revered in St. Louis that two statues in his honor stand outside Busch Stadium.
Every bit the equal of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio even without the bright lights of the big city, Stan the Man won seven National League batting crowns.
He was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals - for whom he played his entire 22-year career - capture three World Series titles in the 1940s.
Musial had also been the longest-tenured living Hall of Famer.
Earlier Saturday, baseball lost another Hall of Famer when longtime Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver died at age 82. May both rest in peace.
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