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Posted: 1/20/2013 5:41 AM

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I think when we use words such as "sad" and "terrible" when describing Stan's death, they certainly can not be intended for the man himself, but rather for all we folks who are still alive and kicking. For it is all of us who can no longer be in the presence of such a great person. Meanwhile, Stan just finished a magical run of 92 glorious years on this planet that 99.99999% of us would have opted to experience if we had been given the choice. And now as Stan passes on to his next stage, The Man in all likelihood gets the spring back in his step and the grace and power back in his swing. I must admit that even with his passing, my jealousy of him doesn't lessen in the least.
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Posted: 1/20/2013 6:32 AM

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In the immortal words of Commissioner Ford Frick the day "The Man" retired from the game, "Here stands baseball's perfect warrior.  Here stands baseball's perfect knight."

I feel like I've lost a close friend.  I only met him once when I was a kid, but spent countless hours listening to him play in Cards games on the radio. Nobody could describe his heroics like Harry Caray.  Any "old guy" Cardinals fan will surely feel a sense of loss today. Rest in peace, you perfect knight.
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Posted: 1/20/2013 7:08 AM

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Oriole / Brewer fan here..

Sending huge condolences to Cardinal Nation.  There never was, nor will there ever be, men like Stan Musial and Earl Weaver again in the glorious sport of baseball.

Aye, two GIANTS lost to heaven yesterday.  All fans of the game share in your sorrow.
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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:44 AM

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This morning, I joined host Lori Rubinson on WFAN Radio in New York to discuss the life of the late Stan Musial.

"Remembering Stan Musial"
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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:48 AM

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My introduction to Cardinal baseball as a young boy in the early 1960s was largely stories from my dad retelling the exploits of our heroes in the previous evening's game as he listened to a crackling KMOX broadcast, and in particular what "Musial" did.

He talked so reverently about Musial, as if Stan was pretty much equal to all of the other players on the team, that I always held Stan in sort of a royal, regal place among sports personalities. I started collecting baseball cards in 1961, and even with that it seemed impossible to get a Stan Musial card. I had bunches of Mantle, Maris, Ken Boyer and Bill White cards, but getting that Musial was nearly impossible.

Stan was always a rare and special individual, even when it came to collectibles. I am currently reading a book about Stan, one of several I've read over the years along with countless articles and features, and as Pugs mentioned a few posts back, the guy lived an incredible life, one that any one of us would have taken in a second.

Cardinal nation mourns it's greatest legend, it's perfect warrior, it's perfect knight. Thanks for everything Stan. You and Lil can be together again, and leave us with great memories and a standard to which we all hope to rise up to in our own particular place in this life.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:19 PM

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I was lucky enough to see Stan play, albeit in an old-timers's game, in Atlanta in 1978.  He did the butt-wiggle thing as he took his AB (and the crowd gave a knowing laugh).  Unusual thing about that game - since it was old Cards vs. old Braves, Clete Boyer was part of the Atlanta team - and he was able to talk his best friend, Roger Maris, into coming up and playing (for the Cards).  I later learned that Maris playing an in an old-timer game was *very* unusual.  But I'm happy I got to see *him* play, too, along with Ken Boyer, who was our manager by that time but also played in the game.

(Full disclosure: I lived in St. Louis from 1958 to 1960, but was an infant at the time - born September 1957 - so I have no memory of it.  My mother, however, was a big Harry Carey fan.  We moved back to St. Louis in 1968 after my dad got back from Vietnam, just in time for the WS.  While I paid attention to that Series - and was heartbroken when Gibby lost Game 7 - and attended my first two games in 1969, I didn't become a full-fledged Cardinal fan until 1970, and by that time Stan and Kenny and Cha-Cha and Roger were gone from the team.  It also explains why Gibson, Brock - and for some reason, Dal Maxvill - were my early favorites.)

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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:59 PM

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And, if i recall correctly, he served his country for awhile during WWII.

Someone please correct me if i am wrong on that.

Rat
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Posted: 1/20/2013 2:31 PM

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I've related this story a couple of times, I met Stan Musial in  the late 70's at a bonfire in Vermont .  He was there for a local golf event sponsored by Bud, I remember his  license plate, MO 3000 (must have been an original personalized plates.}  Again, my friends and I were drinking from the keg, and I asked him IF he could have a current Yankee as his teammate, he said without a pause: Chris Chambliss.
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Posted: 1/20/2013 3:24 PM

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RatsBuddy wrote: And, if i recall correctly, he served his country for awhile during WWII.

Someone please correct me if i am wrong on that.

Rat
No sir! You are NOt wrong about this.

GO CARDS!
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Posted: 1/20/2013 3:27 PM

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cardinalnationhouston wrote:
RatsBuddy wrote: And, if i recall correctly, he served his country for awhile during WWII.

Someone please correct me if i am wrong on that.

Rat
No sir! You are NOt wrong about this.

Who cares if he served in the military, my father served in 

WWII, no big deal.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:05 PM

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Sad day for baseball.  My condolences.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:09 PM

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Jmodene1 wrote:

I was lucky enough to see Stan play, albeit in an old-timers's game, in Atlanta in 1978.  He did the butt-wiggle thing as he took his AB (and the crowd gave a knowing laugh).  Unusual thing about that game - since it was old Cards vs. old Braves, Clete Boyer was part of the Atlanta team - and he was able to talk his best friend, Roger Maris, into coming up and playing (for the Cards).  I later learned that Maris playing an in an old-timer game was *very* unusual.  But I'm happy I got to see *him* play, too, along with Ken Boyer, who was our manager by that time but also played in the game.

(Full disclosure: I lived in St. Louis from 1958 to 1960, but was an infant at the time - born September 1957 - so I have no memory of it.  My mother, however, was a big Harry Carey fan.  We moved back to St. Louis in 1968 after my dad got back from Vietnam, just in time for the WS.  While I paid attention to that Series - and was heartbroken when Gibby lost Game 7 - and attended my first two games in 1969, I didn't become a full-fledged Cardinal fan until 1970, and by that time Stan and Kenny and Cha-Cha and Roger were gone from the team.  It also explains why Gibson, Brock - and for some reason, Dal Maxvill - were my early favorites.)

Cool stuff, Jerry. I actually got to see Stan for real, in his last season. We saw three games when we were on a family vacation in the summer of 1963, as an old college buddy of my dad's lived in Wood River, IL.  Stan did not do much in any of the games, although I did see Hank Aaron hit a home run off Curt Simmons - first inning in fact. So my first live Cardinal game and we were down 3-0 after a half inning! 

The only thing I recall vividly from Stan was him turning on a pitch and drilling a long shot into the right field corner at old Busch Stadium (Sportsmans Park), but it was foul. Even as a 10 year old kid then though, I recall the anticipation from the crowd that he might do something, and the sort of groan in the stadium after that ball went foul.

In the mid '90s I met both Stan and Red (and Harmon Killebrew as well) at a local sports collectibles event. Stan came out playing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" on his harmonica and got a big roar from the crowd.

Charlie Metro lived around the Denver area back then, and he was there and I kind of knew him as he would come to our local SABR get togethers. Charlie told me a story about how he was managing the Cubs in 1962, and Don Cardwell had us shut out when Stan came up with a runner on late in the game. Charlie said he went to the mound and told Cardwell, who he said was real stubborn, "whatever you do, don't give him a fastball". Charlie said he was barely back to the dugout when Cardwell threw a fastball and he heard this loud "Crack!", and watched as the ball sailed out of the park.

When Cardwell came back to the dugout, Metro chewed him out about throwing the one pitch he said not to throw, and Cardwell said "I thought I could slip it by him". Even at 41, Stan could really turn on the fastball.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:04 AM

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Tentative details: Public visitation Thursday 2-8pm at the Basilica, Funeral Friday, Public memorial service Saturday. More to come.

At the Writers Dinner last night, Matheny announced the uniforms will be sporting a number 6 patch.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:33 AM

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Like BikeMike, I learned about Stan Musial from my father. He drug me out to Central Hardware when I was little to get an autographed record album signed by Stan--it had Musial giving hitting tips. I don't remember any of the tips but it had Joe Garagiola telling a couple of funny baseball stories and it had a few audio highlights from Stan's career. We also bought a Stan Musial model little league bat.

I went to my first baseball game in 1963 at age 7. By then, I had started listening to games on the radio with my dad. I had already determined in my mind who the best players were (Bill White, Ken Boyer) and was confused by the loud ovations accorded Musial before and after every at bat, whether successful or not. I don't have any distinct memories of anything Musial did at those few games I attended that year. I do remember listening on the radio the night his first grandchild was born. I believe he homered his first time up.

Other than my brief encounter at Central Hardware, I never met the man. However, I mourn his passing as that of an old friend.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:34 AM

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Sawatski wrote: Like BikeMike, I learned about Stan Musial from my father. He drug me out to Central Hardware when I was little to get an autographed record album signed by Stan--it had Musial giving hitting tips. I don't remember any of the tips but it had Joe Garagiola telling a couple of funny baseball stories and it had a few audio highlights from Stan's career. We also bought a Stan Musial model little league bat.

I went to my first baseball game in 1963 at age 7. By then, I had started listening to games on the radio with my dad. I had already determined in my mind who the best players were (Bill White, Ken Boyer) and was confused by the loud ovations accorded Musial before and after every at bat, whether successful or not. I don't have any distinct memories of anything Musial did at those few games I attended that year. I do remember listening on the radio the night his first grandchild was born. I believe he homered his first time up.

Other than my brief encounter at Central Hardware, I never met the man. However, I mourn his passing as that of an old friend.


Here's that record album Sawatski is talking about. These two albums are on a wall in my home office. Not the best picture as I took it from my cell phone. My dad ordered the Stan the Man Hit Record for me when it came out as part of a Phillips 66 promotion around 1962 or '63. You can see it's pretty well worn as the kid across the street and I played it a lot and were always looking at the insert, which was Stan showing kids batting tips. We were in Little League and looking for any help we could get, plus we both idolized Stan.

I got the Garagiola record on the right from a sports collectble shop maybe 10 years ago or so. On the cover left to right are Mickey Mantle,  Garagiola, Stan, Yogi Berra and Ken Boyer.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:35 AM

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I'm running out of heros, whether it's Lance Armstrong and Big Mac with their steriods or Albert leaving us, now death takes my greatest hero of all.  I knew it must come eventually, however, I hate to see him go.  What a tremendous baseball career and even more tremendous life
"You wait for a strike, then you knock the **** out of it." -Stan Musial
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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:17 AM

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Here is the official announcement from the Cardinals:

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that the family of Stan Musial has made the following funeral and public visitation arrangements for the Cardinals Hall of Famer.

A public visitation is planned for Thursday, January 24th from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis. The public visitation is the opportunity for fans to pay their respects.

The funeral mass will be held at the Cathedral on Saturday, January 26th at 11 A.M. His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and long-time friend of the Musial family, will join the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, and Bishop Richard Stika in celebrating the Mass.

Immediately following the mass, the funeral procession will make its way to Busch Stadium where the family will lay a wreath at the base of the statute of Stan Musial as part of a prayer ceremony before proceeding to a private burial. Additional details, including the procession route, will be provided at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Covenant House or charity of the fan’s choice in the name of Stan Musial. The Cardinals have set up a memorial site around the Musial Statute at Gate 3 at Busch Stadium, which will remain in place until a date yet determined. The team has also set up a web page (cardinals.com/stan) to pay tribute to Stan and allow fans to offer condolences to the family.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:26 PM

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I'm debating making the trip for this.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:38 PM

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Was the home opener last year his last appearance at the stadium?

If so, it is very fitting that was in celebration of a World Championship.

I was like a little kid pointing out Stan and Bob Gibson to my wife over and over, while gushing over how great they were as Cardinals.

If someone can find a link to that pregame, I sure would like see it again.
No negative waves man!
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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:49 PM

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I believe Stan was last at the park during the post-season.
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