Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rest In Peace Stan "The Man" Musial

baseball, Stan Musial, Missouri

He was simply "The Man."

Stanley Frank Musial made a name for himself as one of baseball's best hitters of all time on the field, as well as one of its greatest, most dignified ambassadors off it.

The left-hander had a batting average above .300 17 times during his 22-year career -- all played with the St. Louis Cardinals -- and earned three National League Most Valuable Player awards as well as three World Series titles. The only blip came in 1945, in the thick of World War II, when he left baseball to join the U.S. Navy. After the 1963 season, Musial retired with a .331 career batting average and as the National League's career leader in RBI, games played, runs scored, hits and doubles.

In addition to his immense baseball skill, Stan was given his nickname "The Man" very much in recognition of him being widely considered one of the classiest guys in all of sports.

And now "Stan the Man" is gone. Musial died at his Ladue, Missouri, home surrounded by family.

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