One of baseball's all time greats, Stan Musial, passed away on Saturday, January 19 at the age of 92. The most famous member of the St. Louis Cardinals ever he played 22 seasons with the team.
Musial had a career batting average of .331 with 475 home runs and 1,951 runs batted in good for sixth all time. He won three most valuable players awards and placed in the top ten in voting an incredible 14 times. He made 20 All-Star teams. Add to all those accomplishments the fact that Musial never struck out more than 46 times in a season. That is two months of play for some guys in today's game.
He wasn't just an incredible baseball player, but was known to be a gentleman as well. He served in the Navy during World War II. The Cardinals have a statue of Musial outside of Busch Stadium.
Just a few weeks ago baseball fans debated about the Hall of Fame merits of steroid users like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. If they are compared to Stan Musial then you quickly realize when many writers felt those two simply didn't belong in Cooperstown.
Saturday was a tough day for baseball fans. First was the loss of the terrific manager Earl Weaver and then the great Stan the Man. Two totally different personalities that both earned a place in the hearts of baseball fans. They will both be greatly missed.