Just hours after the Saturday afternoon news broke about the passing of Hall of Famer Earl Weaver, the baseball world lost another treasure. Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and fellow Hall of Fame member Stan "The Man" Musial has died at the age of 92.
Known widely as the most recognizable baseball icon in the midwest, Musial spent 23 historic years with the St. Louis Cardinals, beginning in 1941. During his career, he had over 3,600 hits and had a total of 475 home runs. Those homers put him currently 28th on the all-time list, according to a Baseball-Reference.com compilation that you can see HERE.
In a statement released shortly after the announcement of his passing, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig had this to say about Musial:
Major League Baseball has lost one of its true legends in Stan Musial, a Hall of Famer in every sense and a man who led a great American life. He was the heart and soul of the historic St. Louis Cardinals franchise for generations, and he served his country during World War II. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, Stan's life embodies baseball's unparalleled history and why this game is the national pastime.
As remarkable as 'Stan the Man' was on the field, he was a true gentleman in life. All of Major League Baseball mourns his passing, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, admirers and all the fans of the Cardinals.
Musial was the general manager of the Cardinals in 1966 and in 1967, when they defeated the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. His business partner died during the '67 season, prompting him to retire from the game altogether at the end of the season.
Musial died in the company of his closest family at his home in Ladue, not far from St. Louis.