Stan The Man has his day
Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:45 pm
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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