Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight.: Stan "The Man" Musial passes away at age 92.
posted by grum@work to baseball at 02:28 AM - 13 comments
Just the stats, man.
posted by grum@work at 03:01 AM on January 20
With the passing of Earl Weaver and Stan Musial on the same day, it's the only time two Baseball Hall of Fame members have died on the same day.
posted by grum@work at 03:03 AM on January 20
posted by grum@work at 03:25 AM on January 20
Baseball's "perfect night" was an excellent example of why kids look up to athletes as role models. And why adults remember many of those athletes with awe.
posted by roberts at 07:44 AM on January 20
posted by roberts at 09:57 AM on January 20
Indeed, Stan Musial was the perfect knight.
Some of today's highly (over) paid athletes could learn from gentlemen like Stan Musial.
Young athletes would do well to learn about Stan Musial, also. If you are looking for a role model Mr. Musial is your perfect choice.
A professional, a winner and a gentleman. The athletic world, indeed, the entire world misses him already.
posted by agwaurora at 10:31 AM on January 20
They don't make athletes these days with the character of Musial. Athleticism has increased over the years while guys who seem to conduct themselves with civility are practically extinct in pro sports.
posted by dyams at 12:34 PM on January 20
St. Louis Post-Dispatch front page for "Stan The Man"
posted by tommytrump at 01:22 PM on January 20
Edit: Remove Sammy Sosa from my list of "never led the league in HR". I forgot that the years he DIDN'T hit 60+ HR between 1998 and 2002 were the ones he led the league in HR (50 and 49).
posted by grum@work at 01:51 PM on January 20
I'm sorry to say, I didn't realize he was still alive; he seems such a product of a bygone era. One of the very very very great ones, a man quietly a true inner-circle Hall of Famer.
posted by hincandenza at 04:01 PM on January 20
If someone could have been called "Mr. Cardinal", it was Stan Musial. He was everything one could desire in a baseball player, both on and off the field. It's odd that 2 so different personalities, both examples of excellence in their profession, should pass away on the same day. Continuing a theme from Earl Weaver's thread, I would bet he is nose to nose with God, arguing over any flaw found with Mr. Musial. He'd be right, too, because any flaw would be a bad call.
I once read an article about automobiles that discussed a Canadian version of a Ford called the Richelieu. In it, Richelieu was called the hardest hitting Cardinal until Stan Musial.
posted by Howard_T at 04:51 PM on January 20
I'll bet he was never ejected from a game by an umpire.
posted by tedlip1 at 10:20 AM on January 22
"In Musial's 3,026 major league appearances, he was never ejected from a game."
posted by yerfatma at 11:00 AM on January 22
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