Baseball Hall of Famer and Cardinals legend Stan Musial dead at 92

Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:15am EST
 

By Tim Bross

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial, who used an unorthodox batting style to become one of the sport's greatest hitters in 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, died on Saturday at age 92.

Musial, adored by fans for his humility and easy-going manner as much as his baseball skill, died of natural causes at his home in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue, according to his grandson Brian Schwarze.

Known in the baseball world as "Stan the Man," Musial had suffered from Parkinson's disease and age-related dementia, Schwarze said.

"We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family," William DeWitt Jr., chairman of the Cardinals, said in a statement. "Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball."

Once a pitcher in the minor leagues, Musial became one of baseball's greatest all-around players and was named to the All-Century team in 1999. He reached the majors in 1941, and by the time he retired in 1963 had won three Most Valuable Player awards and been on three World Series championship teams.

Musial finished his career with a .331 batting average and batted over .300 for 17 of his seasons in the league.

He totaled 3,630 hits, 475 home runs and 1,951 RBIs in 3,026 regular-season games. He played in 24 All-Star games and was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, in 1969.

Musial was born on November 21, 1920, in the coal-mining town of Donora, Pennsylvania. His father was an immigrant from Poland, and Musial would later serve as an unofficial U.S. emissary to Poland.   Continued...

 
Former St. Louis Cardinals and hall of famer Stan Musial greets fans before the start of Game 4 of the MLB NLCS playoff baseball series against the San Francisco Giants in St. Louis, Missouri, in this file photo taken October 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes