Stan Musial died Saturday at age 92.
“Stan the Man” — purportedly named by Dodgers fans at Ebbets Field who groaned “there’s that man again” whenever he stepped up to the plate — was one of the underrated legends of the game. He spent his entire 22-year career in St. Louis, and thus did not get the publicity that players in New York and other cities received.
But Musial was just as good as anybody — he retired in 1963 with 3630 career hits, 475 home runs, 1951 RBIs and a .331 batting average. And he missed a year because he served in World War 2. He win three MVP Awards and made 20 All-Star teams. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.
The Cardinals released a statement:
We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family. Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.
The entire Cardinals organization extends its sincere condolences to Stan’s family, including his children Richard, Gerry, Janet and Jean, as well as his eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. We join fans everywhere in mourning the loss of our dear friend and reflect on how fortunate we all are to have known ‘Stan the Man’.
Stan Musial was said to be one of the really good guys of the game. He was also one of my all-time favorites, and I’m proud to say that his signed ball is part of my (mostly Mets) autographed baseball collection.