Stan “The Man” Musial, one of the best hitters in baseball history, died today Jan. 19 at his home in Ladue, Mo. He was 92.
A 24-time all-star with the St. Louis Cardinals, he won three World Series championships, three Most Valuable Player awards and seven batting titles.
During a 1961 road trip in San Francisco, Musial was among several Cards who were given a special tour of Alcatraz penitentiary which was still active.
On April 21, Musial and second baseman Red Schoendienst along with coaches Harry “The Hat” Walker, Johnny Keane, and Howie Pollet took a boat ride to the famous prison island where inmates and guards alike collected autographs from them.
Two days later, Musial went 1-for-5 in a doubleheader as the Cards broke even with the Giants 1-1.
He retired as a player in 1963, but remained with St. Louis through the ’67 season as an administrator.
Musial was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969, his first year of eligibility.