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Hall of Fame outfielder Stan ‘The Man” Musial dies at age 92

Stan Musial in 1953 (photo by Bowman Gum in public domain via wikipedia commons)

The baseball player who made the city of Donora, Pa. famous, Stan “The Man” Musial died yesterday at age 92.

Musial died at age 92 of natural causes on January 19, 2013 at his home in Ladue, Missouri surrounded by his family and friends. His death occured on the same day as fellow MLB Hall of Famer Earl Weaver.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement this evening regarding the passing of Hall of Famer Stan Musial at the age of 92:

“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.”

“We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family,” said William DeWitt Jr., Chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals.  “Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.” “The entire Cardinals organization extends its sincere condolences to Stan’s family, including his children Richard, Gerry, Janet and Jean, as well as his eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren,” DeWitt said.  “We join fans everywhere in mourning the loss of our dear friend and reflect on how fortunate we all are to have known ‘Stan the Man’.”

Musial was the first player in Cardinals history to have his uniform number retired, and he was a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection in 1969, being named on 93 percent of the ballots.  At his retirement ceremony at the end of the 1963 season, Musial was referred to as “baseball’s perfect warrior, baseball’s perfect knight” by Commissioner Ford C. Frick.     Frick’s words are inscribed at the base of a bronze statue of Musial that stands outside Busch Stadium.  The now iconic statute, which sits on Musial Plaza along Stan Musial Drive, serves as a popular, almost hallowed, gathering spot for generations of Cardinals fans.

Musial played for the Cardinals from 1941-1944, 1946-1963. He missed the entire 1945 season to serve in the United States Navy during World War II.

Musial’s Hall of Fame career included a .331 batting average, 3.630 base hits, 475 homers, 1,951 RBI’s, a 24-time All-Star, 3-time World Series champion, 7 batting championships and his number 6 was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals’ Pujols named NL Player of the Week


Albert Pujols (file photo)

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week ending May 30-June 5, 2011.

Pujols will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

In seven games during the week, Pujols hit .444 (12-for-27) and was tops in the Majors with five home runs, a 1.074 slugging percentage, 29 total bases and 11 runs scored while his 10 RBI’s ranked second. Pujols was also tied for the N.L. lead in hits (12) and walks (5), and had the third-highest on-base percentage (.545).

The nine-time All-Star, who currently leads all N.L. first baseman in voting for the 2011 All-Star Game had five multi-hit performances during the week and was a key figure in four wins for the National League Central Division-leading Cardinals.

During the week, he hit his 100th-career homer at Busch Stadium.

The Dominican Republic native hit his 10th-career game-ending homer, marked by the first time that NL player has hit walk-off home runs in consecutive games since the late Ron Santo did it in 1966. The 31-year-old is currently ranked second in NL with 42 runs scored this season while his 13 homers are tied for third.

This mark’s his 11th career N.L. Player of the Week Award and first since June 21, 2009.


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Florida 1B Sanchez named NL Player of the Week


Gaby Sanchez (courtesy of

Florida Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending May 8, 2011.

Sanchez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, which is available at

In seven games last week, the Miami native led the National League with 13 hits, 10 RBI’s and 22 total bases. His .464 (13-for-28) batting average and .531 on-base percentage both ranked second-best in the N.L. Sanchez also had two homers, three doubles and a .786 slugging percentage during the week while scoring six runs.

The 27-year-old slugged his first career grand slam in a Monday May 2 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in a 6-5 Florida win.

The University of Miami product was the Marlins’ fourth round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, leads the Marlins in batting average, hits and runs scored and has reached base in 30 of the team’s 33 games this season, compiling the N.L.’s sixth-best on-base percentage of .414. His .328 batting average ranks ninth in the senior circuit, while his 41 hits are tops among all N.L. first baseman.

This is his first career Player of the Week Award.


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Castro, Garcia named NL Player of the Week co-winners


Jaime Garcia St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia have been named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week Award for the week ending April 3rd.

The co-winners will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs

Castro led the Major Leagues with a .615 (8-for-13) batting average and a .643 on-base percentage through baseball’s opening week. His eight hits were also tops in the Majors while his 1.000 slugging percentage and 13 total bases led the National League. On April 1st, the 21-year-old began his sophomore season with a 3-for-5 effort in his first career Opening Day start. On April 2nd, Castro ignited a five-run rally with a RBI double in the bottom of the eighth, leading the Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 for their first win of the season. The Dominican Republic native went 3-for-4 with two triples in Sunday’s series finale, marking his third multi-hit game in as many games.

On April 3rd, Garcia threw a four-hit, complete-game shutout and earned the win as the Cardinals beat the visiting San Diego Padres, 2-0 at Busch Stadium. The 24-year-old native of Mexico worked effectively, facing just four batters over the minimum and throwing 102 pitches while striking out nine and walking two.

This is the first career N.L. Player of the Week Award for both Castro and Garcia.



Reds rally from 7-3 deficit; score 8 runs in last two innings to defeat Arizona, 11-7

A seldom-used sqeeze bunt, a 40-year-old and a rookie game the Cincinnati Reds an 11-7 win over the rebuilding Arizona Diamondbacks.

The win by the Reds moved them to a three-game lead over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Brewers defeated the Cardinals 3-2 in Busch Stadium.

Jim Edmonds (MLB)

Manager Dusty Baker called the squeeze play in the ninth-inning with 40-year-old Jim Edmonds on third base. Edmonds hustled all the way home as pinch-hitter Chris Heisey perfectly executed the bunt that scored the go-ahead run. Heisey’s bunt was so perfect that he beat it out for an infield single. That play helped Cincinnati rally from a four-run deficit on Wednesday night.

The Reds trailing 7-3 in the top of the eighth inning, scored four runs in the eighth and ninth innings before the smallest crowd in Arizona history, 15,509.

Arizona’s bullpen was the team’s Achilles’ heel in the back-and-forth game that also saw some bad defense. Reliever Sam Demel allowed four runs in the top of the eighth on four straight hits. Aaron Heilman, the losing pitcher came on to relieve Demel and gave up an RBI double in the eighth before allowing the winning run in the ninth and three more to score after that.

The win was the Reds 35th come-from-behind win of 2010. Arthur Rhodes (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to get the win.

Chris Heisey (MLB)

The D-Backs rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the fifth off Reds starter Edinson Volquez. The right-hander was making his seventh start since returning from Tommy John surgery July 17 and struggled with his control throughout the game.

Volquez allowed a two-run homer by Chris Young to put Arizona up 5-3. Reds reliever Jordan Smith gave up a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche to make it 7-3 latter in the game.

compiled from staff and wire reports

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