Video: Here’s Stan Musial Playing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” on the Harmonica

Stan Musial, by any measure one of the greatest ever to play the game of baseball, died yesterday at his St. Louis-area home. He was 92.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Musial as a pitcher in 1937, but he didn’t spend much time on the mound.

In his 22 seasons with the Cardinals (from 1941–1963, taking a break to serve in the Navy in 1945), “Stan the Man” compiled 3,630 hits, a career batting average of .331, and a career OPS of .976.

Musial played in 24 All-Star Games* (tied for most all-time with Willie Mays), won 7 National League batting titles and 3 National League Most Valuable Player Awards, and led the Cardinals to 3 World Series titles. In 2010 he won a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He also played a mean harmonica.

Here is Musial in 1997 leading an audience in a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”:

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* Musial was able to play in 24 All-Star Games in 22 seasons because there were two All-Star games in 1961 and 1962.

Stan Musial, playing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch at a San Diego Padres game (AP Photo/San Diego Padres/Joel Zwink)

Stan Musial, playing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch at a San Diego Padres game (AP Photo/San Diego Padres/Joel Zwink)



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Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.

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