Baseball legend Stan Musial passes away

Baseball legend Stan Musial passes away

San Francisco : CA : USA | Jan 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM PST
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Stan was the man for whom no last name was and is necessary. He had numerous batting titles to his name. He possessed a humble attitude and was the epitome of gentlemanly behavior in baseball. Affectionately known as “Stan the Man,” he played for the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to become one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. He passed away on Saturday. He was 92 years old. Willie Mays recalled in a statement released by the Hall of Fame that he never heard anyone utter a bad word about Stan.

The Cardinals announced Stan’s death in a press release and said that he passed away at his home in Ladue. Ladue is a St. Louis suburb. It is believed Stan was surrounded by his family at the moment of his passing. The Cardinals said that Musial's son-in-law, Dave Edmonds, broke the news of his death at the baseball club. Saturday was a grim day as baseball lost another Hall of Famer after longstanding Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver died at age 82.

Stan Musial had so many batting records to his name that all of his titles would not fit on his Hall of Fame plaque. He was greatly revered in St. Louis. Two statues stand in his honor outside the Busch Stadium. He had the accolade of being one of baseball's greatest hitters and proved equal to Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. Stan achieved all this without playing for a big city team. He managed to win seven National League batting crowns and was voted MVP three times. He was also instrumental in the Cardinals winning three World Series championships in the 1940s.

Stan was a one-club man and spent his entire 22-year career at the Cardinals. He was included in the All-Star team 24 times. The Hall of Fame president, Jeff Idelson, stated that Stan will be remembered in the annals of baseball as a pillar of the game and that there will never be another like him.

Stan started his career as a pitcher in the low minors until he injured his arm. He then turned to playing the outfield and first base. The shift worked and did wonders for his career. He went on to hit .331 with 475 home runs until he retired in 1963.

Stan spent his career scandal free and was eager to play even in the twilight years of his career.

harry68 is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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