One of the greatest hitters to ever play the game of baseball is gone as Hall of Famer Stan Musial died on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The man that spent more than two decades with the St. Louis Cardinals died at the age of 92.
The Cardinals announced the news of Musial's death in a news release. He died on Saturday at his home in Ladue surrounded by his family. Musial's son-in-law, Dave Edmonds, was the first to tell the Cardinals' organization of his death.
During his 22-year career in Major League Baseball, Musial won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP, and helped the Cardinals win three World Series Championships. Two statues of him stand outside of Busch Stadium.
While in the lower levels of the minor leagues early in his career, Musial was a pitcher until an injury forced him off the mound. He then played outfield and first base. Before he retired in 1963, Musial racked up a career batting average of .331 and belted 475 home runs.
He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1969 which was his first year of eligibility.
Musial was the first person in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals to have his number retired, and many consider him the franchise's greatest player ever.