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The Day the Legends Died

[ 45 ] January 19, 2013 |

Stan the Man, RIP.

Stan Musial, one of baseball’s greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades, died Saturday. He was 92.

Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.

The Cardinals announced Musial’s death in a news release. They said he died Saturday evening at his home in Ladue surrounded by family. The team said Musial’s son-in-law, Dave Edmonds, informed the club of Musial’s death.

12th career in WAR, but had only one season with WAR over 10. Crazy combination of consistency and longevity. Salary peaked at $75000 from 1951-53, ~$620000 in inflation adjusted terms.

Has another single day seen the death of two baseball legends of this magnitude?


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  1. JMG says:

    In case people here didn’t know, maybe also the last sports superstar to be an active Democrat.
    Said: “All my life what I got was from people helping me. You either get it or you don’t.”

  2. Bill Murray says:

    Salary peaked at $75000 from 1951-53, ~$620000 in inflation adjusted terms.

    not according to your baseball reference link. There the peak is $100,000 in 1958 and 1959. Which is equivalent to ~$800,000 today

  3. efgoldman says:

    Living in an AL city (Boston) I only saw him once, in the second ’61 All Star game, at Fenway. I have no memory of what he did, and a vague memory that he got a very nice ovation during the introductions. That was the only pre-Selig tie in All Star history.

  4. sleepyirv says:

    Baseball’s Perfect Knight

    There’s really nothing else to say.

  5. dp says:

    Damn. Stan the Man was before my time, but I was always an admirer. Earl Weaver was the bomb. RIP to both.

  6. john says:

    I heard Rosey Grier tell a story that I hope is true. Musial, Rosey Grier and others were campaigning with JFK in Denver and saw a pickup with Kansas plates drive up with two farmers inside. That was a good sign for JFK, being an 800 mile round-trip for midwest farmers to attend the rally. The farmers got out of the truck, walked up to Musial, shook his hand, turned around, and drove away.

  7. 12th career in WAR, but had only one season with WAR over 10.

    You make it sound like he fell short in some way. He’s 9th in career WAR among position players. And one season with a WAR over 10 is one more than DiMaggio.

  8. Funkula` says:

    Nickname sharing is not a great idea. I was heartbroken for a moment as I thought it was referring to Stan Lee. Of course, Musial had it first, so I guess it serves Lee right.

  9. c u n d gulag says:

    One of the greatest examples of “The Man’s” consistency, and a stastical anamaly in its own right, is that he got the same number of hits at home, as on the road – 1,815 each.

    3,630 hits, and he missed a year of his young prime due to WWII.

    My first baseball memory is of Mantle sending up a moon shot off of Barney Schult in the ’64 WS – the year AFTER Musial retired. And in those years, the memory of Musial’s playing career was still fresh in a lot of peoples minds, and I can’t tell you how many people used to say to me, when we were talking about the hitters after him, “Yeah, _____________________ (fill-in the blank) is great. But as a hitter, he ain’t no Musial.”

    And you know, they were right.
    Who was?
    Very, very few were then.
    And very, very few since.

    One of the All-time greats!

    R.I.P. Stan “Da Man” Musial.

  10. Alan in SF says:

    Stats aside, the man was a joy to watch. Mays and Mantle were obviously more gifted, but Musial had a purity that was truly zen-like. Hard to describe, but beautiful.

  11. Charles Giacometti says:

    Musial was ok, but he was no Mike Cameron.

  12. rea says:

    The 4 best LFs in history in no particular order: Ted Williams, Barry Bonds, Ricky Henderson, and Stan Musial. All great players, but Musial was the one who did not have a reputation as an asshole.

  13. actor212 says:

    I’ve been racking my brain but no other day occurs to me when two deaths of this magnitude have occured. This might be the closest MLB ever gets to the day Adams and Jefferson died.

    Quite the DP combo that was!

  14. Harry says:

    Stan the Man is my hero. He was a gentleman and best consistent hitter in tight games. His top salary was $100,000 and he asked for a cut to $80,000 a year when his production dropped. Met him only once but saw him play several times and listened to Cardinal games on the radio thousands of times. I used a thin handled Musial model bat playing semi pro baseball. I am getting another Louisville Slugger in his honor.
    RIP Stan the Man

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