He was known simply as “The Man”. Stan Musial debuted with St. Louis in 1941, and for 22 seasons (1941-1963) he was one of the most consistent and prolific hitters in baseball. During his long career, the lefty-hitting outfielder set a multitude of major league, and National League records. He was the main offensive weapon for 4 Redbirds’ pennant winners, and 3 World Championship teams. He played in 24 All-Star games, hit .300+ 18 times, and won 7 batting titles. He also led the NL in OBP 6 times, runs scored 5 times, base hits 6 times, doubles 4 times, triples 5 times, and RBIs twice. He won National League MVP awards in 1943, 1946 & 1948, and finished 2nd in the voting in 4 other seasons. His career totals include 3,630 hits, 475 homeruns, 1951 RBIs, 725 doubles, 177 triples and a lifetime .331 avg. Later in his career he switched to first base and became the first player to appear in 1000 games at two different positions.
“Stan the Man” was perhaps the most beloved figure in Cardinals’ history, and his #6 was retired by the team in 1963. He has also been honored by the Cardinals with a statue that stands outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis, which is inscribed “Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.”
In 1969, he was elected to Cooperstown via BBWAA as a 1st-ballot inductee.
September 17, 2016
St. Louis, MO