What Do You Remember About Stan 'The Man' Musial?

Everyone's got a story about the St. Louis Cardinals' legend, right? Musial died Saturday.

Stan "The Man" Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals legend who was widely considered "the greatest Cardinal," died on Saturday. That's the news that broke on Saturday.

Today, we're interested in your stories about the pitcher-cum-outfielder who played for the Redbirds from 1941 to 1963.

As a relatively newcomer to St. Louis (only here 11 years!) I can't say I have a lot of memories of Musial beyond meeting countless compatriots at the Musial statue at the last two versions of Busch Stadium.

How about you? What do you remember about Musial? Your parents' memories? Yours?

Ed Wright January 20, 2013 at 08:36 PM
So many memories...meeting him on my birthday as a kid at his restaurant and getting an autographed picture; going to his last game in September 1963; meeting him again 5 years ago at the Busch Stadium "garage sale" when my oldest son and I got our photo taken with him and an autographed baseball. Maybe my best memory is from 2010 when my wife and I ran into him at a restaurant in Frontenac Plaza. I chatted with him for just a moment and thanked him for all he had done. Earlier that day, Mark McGwire had held his "confessional news conference". I wrote a letter to the Post-Dispatch comparing the two Cardinals and expressing appreciation for Stan. A week later I received in the mail an autographed drawing of Stan and thanks for my comment. He was, indeed, "the Man".
Gary E Holt January 21, 2013 at 02:20 AM
When Stan turned 65, I produced a series of TV spots with him for Blue Cross Blue Shield. I picked him up at his house to head to the recording studio. Stan asked how many people would be involved at the studio. I told him about 30. He went back in the house and came out carrying a large leather suitcase. The TV shoot took three days. As we wrapped up, Stan ask everyone to gather round the table he was seated at. For the next hour and a half, Stan invited each person there to sit with him for a few minutes. He signed balls made out to the person and even signed additional ball for their kids if they ask. He also took plenty of time for photos. Stan was not only one of the all time great baseball players, but he was also one of the all time great ambassadors for the game. God bless Stan and his family.
Sharon Rahn January 21, 2013 at 09:15 PM
When my husband was around ten years old, he was going to the Cardinal game with his Dad and Uncle. They were running late and walking briskly along Grand Avenue. My husband, Harry, in his ball uniform, baseball glove on his hand and listening to the game on his transistor radio all of a sudden heard that Stan the Man had just hit, what looked likely to be, an out of the ballpark homer. Harry ran out on to Grand Avenue and caught that ball - Amazing! He then was able to go up to the announcer's box with Mr. Buck and all the regulars. He actually was able to draw the men beers (you could do that back then) and Stan signed his ball. What a treasured possession!
DONNA ROGERS January 22, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I am a former TWA flight attendant and was fortunate enough to have STAN THE MAN on a short flight one day. He came prepared to sign autographs for anyone who wanted one....always accomodating. As a crew menber, I hesitated to invade his privacy but I just couldn't help myself on this occasion so I produced my son, Dan's, little league card. Without skipping a beat, Stan wrote "To Dan the Man from Stan the Man!"My son is now 40 and has treasured that card for the last 31 years and I treasure the memory of meeting such a class act. Those were the good old days!!!!


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