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Stan Musial: 1920-2013

Jan 19, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

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Baseball’s perfect knight is no longer with us.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals great Stan Musial died in St. Louis at 5:45 p.m. local time on Saturday evening. Goold says Musial was “surrounded by family” when he passed.

“Stan the Man” — a picture of poise, grace and consistency — tallied 1,815 hits at home and 1,815 on the road over the course of his 22-year major league career. The lifetime Cardinal won three World Series titles, three National League MVPs and was a first-ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.

He has a statue outside Busch Stadium and his No. 6 was retired by the Cardinals in 1963 — the same year that he stopped playing. He was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest honor that the United States government can bestow on a civilian — at the White House in February 2011.

Musial was 92.

  1. historiophiliac - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Noooooooooo!!!!!!!!

  2. chill1184 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    RIP

  3. kalinedrive - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Just landed on MLB Network and they’re running a tribute to Stan now.

    • kalinedrive - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      Well, it was a short tribute. Tuned in to see “Cobb” and heard the news there.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    he lived a long and happy life…had a great career and lived a life Many would wish for. He was a true athlete and one of my favorite ball players growing up. He was Mr. baseball in Philly and he will be missed by all baseball fans. though we shouldnt feel sad, but a calming understanding that he is now resting in a better place.we will miss you Stan the Man. Go join the rest of the all-stars restigg up there.

  5. raysfan1 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Wow. I’m still processing the passing of Earl Weaver, and now Stan “The Man” is gone too on the same day.

    Prayers for peace for his family, friends, and fans.

  6. stanleyfrankmusial - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    As you may infer from my user name, I am a fan of “The Man”. He was one of the all-time greats…stack his offensive numbers up with anybody’s: 475 homers, 700+ doubles, 3630 hits (1515 at home, 1515 on the road). A darn shame that the Cards won 3 World Series in his first 5 years…and then not again until the year after he retired, although he was GM of that 1964 squad. Rest in peace, #6 – heaven has a new 1st baseman/RF.

    • stanleyfrankmusial - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Whoops, 1815 hits each road/home, as indicated.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        He was THE MAN!

  7. sportsbastard - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Had the great pleasure of meeting “The Man” once. You would not find a nicer gentleman in all of sport. Baseball and the city of St. Louis has lost a great ambassador. RIP “The Man”.

  8. sfm073 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    The greatest Cardinals of all time. RIP Stan the Man.

  9. chacochicken - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Earl and Stan? Too many, too soon

  10. barrywhererufrom - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Another baseball icon gone..RIP to the greatest Cardinal of them all..

  11. danwilliamsmlb - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    What a sad day for baseball; first Earl Weaver and now, the greatest Cardinal of them all. RIP, Stan the Man; we will miss you and your harmonica.

  12. sdelmonte - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    All I can think of is “what a sad day for baseball” as well.

  13. janknessgv - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Sad day. RIP to the greatest Cardinal.

  14. ramsfan1818 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Hell of a ballplayer. Hell of a man. RIP Stan the Man.

  15. johnjb2315 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    R.I.P. STAN THE MAN

  16. zipsports - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Sad day here in St. Louis. Greatest Cardinal of All-time.

  17. ninerfan94954 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Grew up a San Francisco Giants fan but this guy was truly one of a kind. Today’s sports heroes would never measure up to Mr. Musial…..ever.

  18. mungman69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    When you gotta go you gotta go.

  19. mybrunoblog - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I met Musial a few times during the 1990s. All the talk you hear about people when they pass about them being “a great guy” or a “true gentleman” is no BS when it comes to Musial. The guy was a class act. RIP Stan.

  20. themagicfanguy - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    So dang sad. RIP Stan!

  21. kirkvanhouten - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I just got back from visiting the Hall of Fame today (that place is a ghost town in the winter). As a Cardinals fans, I made sure to take a ton of photos and gawk at Musial’s plaque and memorabilia, and had a stranger take a photo of me next to his “locker” they have set up on the 2nd floor.

    ..little did I know that the first thing I would see when I got home and turned on the TV was news of Musial’s death.

    Sad, sad day.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Condolences, dude

  22. cackalackyank - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Wow, busy day at the Pearly Gates. First the Earl of Baltimore, and now “The Man” from St. Louis glory days. RIP

  23. tuberippin - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    One of the most underrated greats in baseball history. Pure hitter.

    One of the classiest baseball players ever, as well. They don’t make athletes like Musial anymore. Intelligent, focused, ridiculously skilled, dedicated, loyal.

    Only other hitters to outproduce Musial since 1940 are Bonds, Mays, and Aaron. That’s an almost-unparalleled level of talent.

    RIP

  24. sabatimus - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Salute.

  25. yahmule - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    A great player and a great person. Albert Pujols rejected the nickname “El Hombre” because of his respect for Stan The Man.

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