Baseball is a great game filled with amazing moments and great characters. Some of them are remembered for their flaws and are tragic figures like Shoeless Joe Jackson or Pete Rose. Others are remembered for their greatness and their magic on the field like Willie Mays. Stan Musial is remembered for his consistent excellence that allowed him to amass over 3,600 hits and 475 home runs over a 22 year career for the St. Louis Cardinals. He played on some great teams and some not great teams, ending his career as young Cardinals like Bob Gibson, Curt Flood and Lou Brock were beginning theirs.
Musial was the ideal ballplayer. He loved the game. Was a stalwart supporter of the Cardinals during his career and after. He never had the adversary relationship with the press his contemporary, Ted Williams, helped create. He wasn’t remote from the press, the fans, or his teammates as DiMaggio did. Musial was simply a great player and a great person. He was three time MVP, a seven time batting champion. He is so admired in St. Louis, there are two statues of him outside the new Busch Stadium. One of my most cherished pieces of baseball memorabilia is a signed Stan Musial Perez-Steele card.