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Stan The Man has his day

Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:45 pm
Stan Musial
There's just somethign special about seeing Stan Musial. Every year during induction weekend in Cooperstown, a common question is "Is Stan here this year?" It feels a little more important when he is.

The 89-year-old Cardinals legend is in the public eye less and less due to health issues, but he was on hand Saturday at Busch Stadium as the team stopped the game in the sixth inning to honor him.

The occasion was "Stand For Stan Day," part of a campaign in which the Cardinals are trying to get President Obama to award Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The highest civilian honor has been given to players including Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron. The Cardinals had hoped to hear from the White House before Saturday's event but didn't.

Musial and his wife, Lil, circled the field in a golf cart and pulled close to the stands so that fans could reach out and shake his hand and give him (hopefully gentle) high fives. Members of the Cardinals and Rockies stood at the dugout railings to greet Musial individually.

Musial played 22 years for the Cardinals, batting .331 with 3,630 hits, fourth all-time. He also was distinguished by his character, as he missed the 1945 season to volunteer to fight in World War II. The next year, he won the MVP and led the Cardinals to victory in the World Series.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2010 4:33 pm

Stan The Man has his day

First off let me say that Stan the Man is one of my favorite baseball players.

Now the Saint Louis Cardinals want him to have the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Why?  Because he played baseball for the Cardinals and is a living baseball legend. Wasn't him getting elected to the Baseball hall of fame in 1969 good enough? Statistically he can be argued to be one of the best left fielders of all time. If I was building an all century team based on statistics I am quite sure I would want him on my team.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is for "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
Before W Bush started giving the medal out like candy for political purposes it had some meaning, It had only gone to 3 baseball players, Ted Williams (Served with the marines twice in WWII and Korea and was a poster boy for recruitment), Jackie Robinson (posthumously) who crossed many racial barriers and Joe Dimaggio(Was in the military during WWI from 43 to 45 and was another posterboy for recruitment).
W Bush gave the medal to Hank Aaron, Buck Oneil, and Frank Robinson and this was for crossing racial barriers as well and facing racial diversity.

I like Stan the Man but I think the Saint Louis Cardinals are off base for pushing for this medal.  I also thought the Cardinals should not have traded Ryan Ludwick due to being cheap, but what do I Know.

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