Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Peaceful End for the Perfect Knight


From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch  ...

Hall of Famer Musial died quietly at age 92 at his St. Louis County home Saturday (Jan. 19, 2013) evening at 5:45 p.m., surrounded by family and friends and under hospice care

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Born in Donora, Pa., on Nov. 21, 1920, Musial signed with the Cardinals for $65 a month in 1938 but only after a struggle with his Polish immigrant father, Lukasz, who wanted Stan to go to the University of Pittsburgh on a basketball scholarship.

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A large bronze statute erected outside Busch Stadium II and then moved to the newest Busch Stadium carries the words uttered by then commissioner Ford C. Frick the day Musial retired, on Sept. 29, 1963. Frick said: “Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.”

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“He was just an outstanding guy,” said [teammate Red] Schoendienst. “Nobody is perfect but he was just about close to perfect as you could get.”

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“A lot of times we would go visit kids in hospitals whenever we were on the road,” Schoendienst once said. “He didn’t want publicity for it, and he didn’t do it to seek recognition or humanitarian awards. He just did it because he thought it was the right thing to do. He enjoyed making other people happy and maybe give them a small ray of sunshine to brighten up their lives.”

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"Back in my day, we didn't think about money as much," said Musial. "We enjoyed playing the game. We loved baseball. I didn't think about anybody else but the Cardinals."

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From Facebook ... 

Sean Dailey says, "My uncle Ted worked at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis in the 1950s, selling Coke during games. One day a Coke bottle broke in his hand, causing a huge gash in his arm. 

They took him down to the Cardinal's clubhouse, where the team trainer stitched him up while Stan Musial held his hand
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May God have mercy on Stan the Man and send consolation to his family, friends and fans.

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