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St. Louis Blues to wear Stan Musial sweaters in pregame

Jan 27, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

It’s been noted by many that Stan Musial, who died last weekend at the age of 92, shared a unique personal connection with the people of St. Louis. And examples of that continue to pour in. Darren Pang of FOX Sports Midwest presents the St. Louis Blues’ warmup sweaters for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild:


The Blues beat the rival Detroit Red Wings 6-0 on the night of Stan’s death. They’re 4-1 on the year.

  1. mustbechris - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Musial probably could’ve played for the Blues and been reasonably successful.

    • philliesblow - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Wouldn’t doubt it. Gordie Howe often took batting practice with the Tigers and could hit. Both sports require good hand-eye coordination.

      • mustbechris - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        A Flyers fan in agreement with someone named “philliesblow.” This is a monumental day.

  2. dondada10 - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    They should auction those and give the proceeds to a charity of the Musial family’s choice.

    • mickeyb21 - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      They are. The money raised from the auction is being split between Cardinals’ Care and Blues’ 14 Fund. I believe Stan and the Musial family would be okay with this.

  3. paperlions - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    The only thing cooler would be if they could wear them for the game….but I guess that would make calling penalties a little difficult.

    Pretty cool to see the city celebrate The Man’s life.

    • mrfloydpink - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Or else it would make calling penalties very, very easy.

      Five minute major on #6. Two-minute minor on #6. Game misconduct for #6.

  4. Carl Hancock - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Musial is one of the last players alive to hold such a significant status in the city they played. A public wake? Public mass and memorial ceremony? I can’t see that happening with any of today’s current athletes. He was a special individual. RIP Stan.

    • mrfloydpink - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      I dunno if I’d go that far. Cal Ripken. Tony Gwynn. George Brett. Derek Jeter. Bart Starr. John Elway. Ray Bourque. Wayne Gretzky. Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Bill Russell. Henry Aaron. Yogi Berra. Carl Yastrzemski. If you include coaches and announcers, then Vin Scully, Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith, Don Shula, Tommy Lasorda. I can see it with at least a few on this list.

      • tc4306 - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau

      • mrfloydpink - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        Not sure what the thumbs down are about. Is it really objectionable to say that there are a small number of athletes/sports figures that are possibly as beloved in their cities as Stan Musial was in his?

      • paperlions - Jan 28, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        I don’t think it is objectionable, but it also isn’t a very good list. You just listed a bunch of guys that (mostly) played their entire careers with one team (no idea why Gretzky is on there). Playing or coaching in one place a long time isn’t the same as being part of the fabric of the community (e.g. Bird left Boston. Jeter won’t be living in NY). In StL, Musial was THE MAN, not one of many as you have in larger coastal cities where celebrities come and go.

      • mrfloydpink - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        Well, paperlions, I am so very glad to have your remarkably sanctimonious analysis.

        What I listed, in fact, was guys who are very popular/beloved in the towns in which they played. The fact that most of them played a long time in one town is not unrelated to this status, but was not itself sufficient for inclusion.

        Further, I included a large number of possibilites (noting that “a few” would ultimately be correct), because it’s impossible to know how people will respond to a death until it happens, and it’s impossible to know what essential qualities trigger an outpouring like the one Musial received.

        And your obvious disdain for “coastal cities” aside (as if it makes sense to lump, say, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta all together like they are one and the same), there is simply no basis for your notion that some of these people are not a part of the fabric of their communities. I do not know exactly how Bostonians feel about Yaz or how New Yorkers feel about Berra. But as an Angeleno, I know that Vin Scully and Tommy Lasorda and Magic Johnson are all INSTITUTIONS in this city (with Lasorda and Scully dating back to the 1950s). Like Musial, EVERYONE has seen them around town at one point or another–whether at games, or elsewhere. Like Musial, there are HUNDREDS of anecdotes about their character/kindness/etc. Like Musial, they all live here.

        And as to Wayne Gretzky, he was beloved enough that his number was retired throughout hockey. GIven his personality, and his contributions to hockey, and his place as a national icon in Canada, it would not surprise me if his death was met with quite a response in, say, Edmonton.

      • paperlions - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Oh, I could have been a lot more sanctimonious. LaSorda is a jackass, and guys like Elway and Brett couldn’t hold Musial’s jock in a contest of being a quality individual. There are reasons that Musial is regarded in a way that is unique. Ignore it if you want to, but there isn’t a single player on that list that has the association with a city like Musial did with StL.

      • jtrain1966 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        The only other athlete i could see getting this kind of response that Stan ” The Man ” Musial has got, & is still getting & deservedly so is : Jean Beliveau ! The reason for me saying this is : You never hear anything bad said about the man, & I’ve heard he does just as much for Montreal, as Stan Musial has done for St. Louis . Now, with that being said, i’m sorry to all of the sports fans of other teams that might not ever have a sports figure that’ll be held in such high regard as these two ; but that’s a testament to the character of the these to men, & the significance that they’ve had on their communities long after their careers have ended !

        To end this comment I would like to say :

        Rest In Peace, Stan Musial . May you forever be ” The Man “

      • nolanwiffle - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        There was a very public funeral in Baltimore when Johnny U passed. I’m certain that Brooks Robinson will get similar treatment when he passes. He is of the same character as Musial, in my opinion.

  5. geshtahl - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I’m a Wings fan who lives in the STL. I must admit that the Blues winning their STANley Cup in the year of Stan the Man’s death would make for a wonderful narrative.

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