Stan Musial Dead at 92 … The Primary Baseball Icon of the Midwest, ‘The Man’ Will Be Missed

With the bright prospects of pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training in just three weeks, Saturday, January 19, was a cold, dark day for Major League Baseball fans.

Early in the morning it was announced that the great Earl Weaver had died.

Roughly 12 hours later, reports arrived indicating that Stan “the Man” Musial passed away in his suburban St. Louis home. He was 92.


Stan “The Man” Musial, baseball legend, dead at 92. (Image credit:

A genial, sweet-swinging, unpretentious individual known as “The Man,” Musial was inarguably one of the best pure left-handed hitters in baseball history alongside Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Tony Gwynn.

The Western Pennsylvania native had so many incredible accomplishments that listing some of them is the only feasible way to do justice:

  • 24 all-star selections (tied for most in history with Willie Mays).
  • 3,630 hits, all in the same uniform (4th all time).
  • Nearly 2000 RBIs
  • 475 homeruns.
  • Three MVPs.
  • Three World Series titles.
  • Seven NL batting crowns (hit over .350 five times).
  • Never struck out 50 times in a season.
  • Second most total bases in history (6,134).

Musial was indeed the greatest star in a franchise full of stars.

While his Polish immigrant father wanted him to attend college, Musial graduated from high school and signed with the Redbirds for $65 per month.  He was brought up to the Majors just months before Pearl Harbor was attacked, hitting .426 in 47 at-bats that September at age 20, then winning many of the above honors with the dominant Cardinal teams of the early 1940s.

Missing the 1945 season for World War II service, he returned from the U.S. Navy early in 1946 and promptly won his second NL batting title eight months later.

Musial, who hit .330 at age 41, was clearly to the Cardinals what Joe DiMaggio was to the Yankees and Ted Williams to the Red Sox.

For most of his career, St. Louis was the farthest outpost in the big leagues, and the Cardinals’ vast radio network broadcast his exploits from Little Rock, Memphis and Dallas to Des Moines, Omaha, Denver, and points west. (Ironically however, the Ebbets Field faithful in Brooklyn christened “The Man” moniker.)

Farmers in the field, families on the porch, and folks in the factory would tune in during those 22 summers. The folksy Musial carried around autographed cards of himself to give away, enjoyed doing magic tricks, and played a harmonica to entertain crowds.

Later, in his lone season as Cards’ general manager, he oversaw the 1967 World Series championship. Musial was inducted into the Hall of Fame two years later in his first year of eligibility with 93 percent of the vote.

The beloved outfielder/first baseman received the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian — in 2011.  He was at Opening Day that spring, preceding the Cardinals’ most recent — and 11th — title run, and he appeared at Busch Stadium for a final visit during the 2012 NLCS.

His wife of more than 70 years, Lillian, died last May.

Even erstwhile Cardinal legend Albert Pujols deferred to Musial. After “El Hombre” became his nickname, Pujols requested that he not be identified as such, saying in 2010, “I don’t want to be called that. There is one man that gets that respect, and that’s Stan Musial.” Pujols told media Sunday he was “blessed to spend time” with the legend 60 years his senior.

With Pujols’ December 2011 departure, it’s assured that “The Man” will remain the greatest Cardinal of them all.

During the same week where sports brought us lowlights like Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o, Musial was the antithesis: humble, honest, and scandal-free.

Stan “The Man’s” accomplishments remain undiminished by time — with fans throughout the Midwest and beyond.


About AJ Kaufman

A former schoolteacher and military historian, A.J. now works in public relations. As an MSF columnist since 2009, he supports anything baseball-related. Raised in San Diego, A.J. has since resided in numerous parts of America, including Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio and Washington State. After departing the coasts in 2005, he's traveled the back roads of all 50 states and prefers the Heartland. Married to Maria, A.J. is the author of three books and enjoys reading presidential biographies.


  1. Tough day. Weaver and Musial.

  2. Appreciate– very user-friendly and lots to think about!

  3. Appreciate! Very informative and much to explore!

  4. 9/9/2016 does it yet again! Quite a thoughtful site and a good post. Thanks!

  5. Solid, well-researched content. I just forwarded this on to a colleague who has been involved in a little research of their own on this topic. To say thanks, he just bought me a drink! So, let me express my gratitude by saying:, thank you for the meal – LOL!

  6. Great article.

  7. I was able to find good information from your articles.

  8. 9/13/2016 does it again! Very perceptive site and a good post. Nice work!

  9. Well-written piece. I just forwarded this on 9/14/2016 to a fellow student who’s been doing some work of his own on this subject. To show their appreciation, he just bought me a drink! So, I guess I should say: Thanks for the drink!

  10. Well-written piece. I just forwarded this on 9/15/2016 to a classmate who has been involved in some work of their own on this topic. To say thank you, he just bought me lunch! So, I guess I should say: Thank you for the drink!

  11. 9/19/2016 does it yet again! Very interesting site and a thought-provoking post. Thanks!

  12. The following time I learn a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I do know it was my option to learn, however I actually thought youd have something fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you would repair if you happen to werent too busy searching for attention.

  13. I really enjoy the blog post.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  14. LIke your site. Do you want to trade links.

  15. | Movies, TV, Trailers & Celebrity News.

  16. Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this website. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and just could not come across. What an ideal website.

  17. Hey! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d
    figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links
    or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa?
    My blog goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from
    each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an email.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific blog by the

  18. 10/2/2016 I’m pleased by the manner in which deals with this type of topic! Usually to the point, sometimes contentious, consistently well-written and also challenging.

  19. I’m gratified with the way that covers this type of topic! Usually on point, often contentious, always thoughtful and more often than not quite challenging.

  20. Major thanks for the post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  21. 10/5/2016 @ 21:41:28 In my opinion, does a great job of covering topics of this sort. Even if frequently intentionally contentious, the material posted is more often than not thoughtful and stimulating.

  22. 10/9/2016 @ 12:00:29 Good read!

  23. Great blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there
    that I’m completely confused .. Any suggestions? Bless you!

  24. deMoKI Thanks so much for the blog post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  25. Hi there it’s me, I am also visiting this web site regularly, this website is truly fastidious and the users are genuinely sharing pleasant thoughts.

  26. Simply wish to say your article is as surprising.

    The clearness on your post is just cool and i could assume you are an expert in this subject.
    Fine with your permission allow me to take hold of your feed to stay updated with
    imminent post. Thank you 1,000,000 and please keep up the enjoyable work.

  27. each time i used to read smaller articles that as well clear their motive, and that is also happening with this
    article which I am reading here.

  28. I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this web site. Reading this info So i’m happy to convey that I have an incredibly good uncanny feeling I discovered just what I needed. I most certainly will make sure to don’t forget this web site and give it a look regularly.

  29. This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I ave joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  30. I value the blog.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  31. Thorn of Girl Great info is often found on this world wide web website.

  32. Thank you a lot and I am having a look ahead to contact you.

  33. make men and women think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

  34. Good site you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing like yours these days.
    I really appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  35. This blog was how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I ave found something that helped me. Kudos!

  36. Perfect piece of work you have done, this website is really cool with great info.

  37. Thanks for the article.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  38. I truly appreciate this post. I ave been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Google. You have made my day! Thanks again.

  39. “Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next write ups thank you once again.”

  40. Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Great.

  41. You have a very good layout for your blog i want it to make use of on my web site too.

  42. I like the valuable information you provide on your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your blog and check again right here frequently.
    I’m relatively certain I’ll be informed a lot of new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

  43. Muchos Gracias for your blog article.Really thank you! Awesome.

  44. You are so awesome! I do not believe I ave truly read anything like this before.

  45. Major thanks for the blog article.Much thanks again. Will read on…

  46. This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I ave joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  47. There are absolutely a great deal of details like that to take into consideration. That’s an awesome point to bring up. I provide the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly you will discover questions like the one you bring up where the most critical factor is going to be operating in honest beneficial faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged around factors like that, but I am positive that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls really feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  48. This actually answered my own problem, thank an individual!

  49. Very informative article post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  50. That is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate info Thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!

  51. You are my inspiration , I own few web logs and very sporadically run out from to brand.

  52. wow, awesome article post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  53. To find meaningful private nursery, you should attempt to collect a good dose of information. Mainly, you need to

  54. Thorn of Girl Great info can be discovered on this website website.

  55. I visited many web pages except the audio feature
    for audio songs current at this website is actually

  56. Really enjoyed this post. Much obliged.

  57. Hi there! This article could not be written any better!
    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous
    roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I most certainly will forward this information to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

Speak Your Mind