One of the most awe-inspiring baseball players of all time died last Saturday, Stan “the Man” Musial. He was a great, great player for the St. Louis Cardinals with a lifetime batting average of .331. He was also celebrated for his good sportsmanship, his refusal to complain, his good-nature, and. his generosity to fans. Sort of the anti-Lance Armstrong.
From his Washington Post obituary by Dennis Drabelle:
Stan “The Man” Musial, one of major league baseball’s most prolific hitters and a model of good sportsmanship during his Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Cardinals, died Saturday. He was 92.
The death was announced by the team. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that he had Alzheimer’s disease.
The most beloved Cardinal of all, Mr. Musial led the National League in batting seven times in the 1940s and ’50s and was voted the league’s most valuable player three times. His lifetime batting average was .331, his total of 3,630 hits ranks fourth all-time, and he was a perennial all-star. After spending the entirety of his 22-year career with the Cardinals, Mr. Musial retired in 1963 with so many firsts to his credit that he may have carved out a new category: the record for holding the most records at one time. . . . [Read more…]