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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    RIP, Stan. Such an underrated player.
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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    RIP Stan. As great of a man as he was a player. And he was an elite all-time best player.

    The gold standard.

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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    His wife, Lillian, whom he married in 1940, died in May 2012 at 91.

    Musial had 8 5 hit games in his career and 59 4 hit games

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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    My dad use to tell me a story about a brawl that broke out between the Reds and Cards back in the day. With both teams piled up in the middle of the field, there was Musial and Big Klu off to the side, arms crossed and chatting like two bystanders on the street corner. Almost like they were saying to each other, "Can you believe these crazy kids?"
    ...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.

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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    Great ballplayer, smo-o-o-thest swing. Second best hitter I've ever seen (Teddy Ballgame was the best). As I understand it (since I didn't see the particular game) Stan's last hit came on a groundball past a Reds rookie secondbaseman, named Pete Rose, who would go on to pass Musial, Williams, Cobb and all others in hits. (Who knew, then)
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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    My wife & I were away for the weekend down at Natural Bridge. First our son texted me, then my nephew (and godson) - a big Cardinals fan; then our younger daughter texted my wife. I texted my son & nephew back that they're Grandpa was a happy guy since I figured the only thing unsatisfying about heaven was that Stan wasn't there to yack with. Today my son tweeted: "Baseball lost an icon, but my grandpa gained a conversation buddy with Stan Musial's passing." Yeah, that.

    Perhaps the classiest guy to ever play the game. I never saw him play, but I love watching clips of him hitting.

    Great piece by Joe Poz on Musial today: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/41045162/

    And the All-Star game story is the day a very good friend of mine was born and she's never appreciated that Stan Musial won the All Star game on the day she was born (not being a baseball fan), but I'm still going to share this new angle on what I only knew as the fact (having been a Reds game once on her birthday and a "this date in history" piece showed on the scoreboard. I turned to my wife and said that's the day Anne was born.
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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    If someone didn't know his stats or what kind of ball player he was, all they would have to do is look at his nick name to see the kind of caliber player he was. "The Man" was given out of respect by fans of an opposing ball club.
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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeThierry View Post
    If someone didn't know his stats or what kind of ball player he was, all they would have to do is look at his nick name to see the kind of caliber player he was. "The Man" was given out of respect by fans of an opposing ball club.
    It was Brooklyn fans in 1946 who gave him that nickname, in honor of his frequent pounding of Dodger's pitching:

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseb...97f7a263a.html
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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    When people say that I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    Really good article on fangraphs about translating Musials numbers to 2012 standards:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index...omment-3924040

    EDIT: a career ISO of .290 and 10%K rate is unheard of!
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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    An excellent “MLB Network Remembers: Stan Musial” was on MLB Network last night with Bob Costas and Tom Verducci. A warm, well-done, and in-depth retrospective on a great player and a great man.

    I think it re-runs today at 1 pm and tomorrow at 1 pm. I recommend it.

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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    An excellent “MLB Network Remembers: Stan Musial” was on MLB Network last night with Bob Costas and Tom Verducci. A warm, well-done, and in-depth retrospective on a great player and a great man.

    I think it re-runs today at 1 pm and tomorrow at 1 pm. I recommend it.
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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    An excellent “MLB Network Remembers: Stan Musial” was on MLB Network last night with Bob Costas and Tom Verducci. A warm, well-done, and in-depth retrospective on a great player and a great man.

    I think it re-runs today at 1 pm and tomorrow at 1 pm. I recommend it.
    Thanks. I DVR'd and plan on watching it this weekend. Most anything Costas does in regards to baseball is good.
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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeThierry View Post
    I remember reading an article one time explaining how Musial once asked for a reduction in salary because he felt his performance was lacking. How many professional athletes would do that today?
    Not to take this OT, but i seem to recall Mark McGwire doing that as an Athletic. Early 90's maybe?
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Good bye Mr. Musial

    It was great to hear what Hank Aaron said about The Man.
    “Our next home stand follows this road trip.”

    “I just want to tell everyone Happy Easter and Happy Hanukkah.” says on the day before Easter

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