Stan Musial passed away this week, and with his passing is the loss of the most beloved St. Louis Cardinal of all.
Stan played 22 years for the Cardinals and set many records. He became the all-time hit leader for the National League in 1962 when he passed Honus Wagner. He hit five home runs in a doubleheader that still stands although tied by St. Louis native Nate Colbert in 1972. He won seven NL batting titles, played on three World Series championship teams and was National League MVP three times. Musial trailed only Ty Cobb in hits at his retirement even though he lost a year of playing time serving in the military during World War II.
Stan holds several All-Star game records, including most home runs, hitting six of them. He played in 24 games as an All Star, which is tied with Willie Mays.
“Stan the Man” was a model of consistency and durability, having 1,815 hits at home and 1,815 hits on the road. He also played in 895 consecutive games, which was a National League record at that time. He also was the first man to play over 1,000 games at two different positions the outfield and first base. Musial hit 475 home runs, which is an enormous amount for a player who won seven batting titles.
Stan was general manager for the Cardinals in 1967, the year they won the World Series. He was never thrown out of a game during his career and was also an accomplished harmonica player. When I think of athletes who wore number 6, Stan Musial always comes to mind first.