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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.


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**Born on this date in 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, which is located in Auglaize County, American astronaut and the First man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

A United States Navy fighter pilot during the Korean War, Armstrong became a test pilot for what was then the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics in 1955.

Neil Armstrong (courtesy of NASA)

In 1962, Armstrong was already a veteran of the X-15, he became a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut and served as command pilot of the Gemini 8 mission.

As a commander of Apollo 11 (June 16-24, 1969, he was the first person to step on the moon.

Armstong taught aeronautical engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1979.

In 1985, President Reagan appointed Armstrong to the National Commission on Space and in 1986 named him vice chairman of a panel to investigate the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, which happened earlier that year.