Stan Musial in the News
July 26, 2009
By Rick Hummel // St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has been an unabashed admirer of Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial for more than a half-century, even if Musial beat his beloved Milwaukee Braves a time or two in the '50s. So it was that Selig admitted to being a little surprised at the strong feelings engendered among a vocal group of Cardinals loyalists, including Senator Claire McCaskill, who fired off a letter to Selig, that Musial somehow hadn't received his due in the pregame ceremonies before last week's All-Star Game here. Full Article
July 15, 2009
By Bernie Miklasz // St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In 1994, PBS aired the documentary "Baseball," by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns. It was a terrific piece of work, but in St. Louis we remembered it for a regrettable reason: Stan Musial was largely overlooked.
"The Man" was an afterthought, squeezed in for what seemed to be about 90 seconds in between the loving tributes and fawning testimonials to Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and other East Coast baseball icons. Full Article
July 14, 2009
By Joe Posnanski // The Kansas City Star
ST. LOUIS | The Man did not hit in 56 straight games. He did not hit .400. He did not hit 61 home runs in a season, and he did not hit 500 home runs in a career. Stan Musial did not play in 2,632 consecutive games, and he did not knock out 4,256 hits, and he did not hit three home runs in a World Series game. He did not say funny or clever things like “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” or “Nice guys finish last.” As far as I know, he did not have a candy bar named after him.
Then, there were a few other things Stan Musial did not do, other things that filled the mind on an emotional Tuesday night in St. Louis, All-Star night, as Musial rode in a small red car from right field while 46,000-strong applauded for him — few shrieks, few yells, just applause, like waves crashing on the beach. Full Article
July 14, 2009
By Bob Ryan // Boston Globe
Albert Pujols is the man of the moment in St. Louis baseball. He is properly acclaimed as the best player in the game.
But he is not The Man.
In St. Louis, there is only one "The Man." There will always only be one "The Man." Albert Pujols is slugging and fielding his way to the Hall of Fame, but the best he can hope for in St. Louis is to be included in the conversation with the player who will always remain the greatest of all Cardinals, and that, of course, is Stan "The Man" Musial. Full Article
July 10, 2009
By R.B. Fallstrom // Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) -If he'd played in Boston, he would've been Ted Williams. In New York, maybe Joe DiMaggio. In Brooklyn, who knows what song they might've written about him?
Instead, Stan Musial spent his entire career in the Midwest. Far from the famed East Coast ballparks that made up baseball's epicenter in the 1940s and 1950s, Musial simply wailed away on his harmonica and overmatched pitchers to build a legacy in St. Louis.
Stan the Man. Full Article