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Crowd gathers at Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium

Jan 20, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

FOX Sports Midwest provides the picture below of the crowd of Cardinals fans gathering in front of the Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium’s third base gate. It was taken around 10:30 p.m. local time.

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And here’s a message on a ball, provided by B.J. Rains, that was left by a young fan at the statue’s base:

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“Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight,” reads the statue’s inscription.

  1. mungman69 - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    He was a nice player.

  2. ghostofjimlindeman - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    He was everything you could ask for in a ball player, and a person. Opening day won’t be the same without you Stan, you truly were the Greatest Cardinal there ever was, or ever will be.

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      When I think of Stan ” The Man ” Musial i think of a saying that a WWE star had said countless times before : He is the Best there is, The best there was, & The best there is ever gonna be ! My heart, & condolences go out to his family, & friends ! He is simply the BEST !

  3. stiefert - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    You know the Cardinals will have a great tribute to him for the 2013 season. Either a #6, or SM, or StM on the uniforms somewhere.

    I’d like to see the number 6 mowed into the grass under the arch that is cut into the grass in Busch Stadiums outfield.

  4. mybrunoblog - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Stan’s wife passed away in May of last year. Stan and his wife were happily married for 72 years! Really a remarkable life. Sad that he has passed but you have to take comfort in he wonderful life he had.

  5. aceshigh11 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Wow, what an incredible farewell. How many ballplayers are so beloved?

  6. mazblast - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Carl Erskine: I’ve had pretty good success with Musial by throwing my best pitch and then backing up third.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      Outstanding Maz! I was just trying to remember who the Pitcher was that said that.
      Thanks,

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