Happy Birthday, Stan

by alex on November 21, 2010

“baseball’s rich in wonderful statistics, but it’s hard to find one more beautiful than Stan Musial’s hitting record.”

– George Will

“When you first hear about this guy, you say, ‘it can’t be true.’ When you first meet him you say, ‘It must be an act.’ But as you watch him and watch him and see how he performs and how he comports himself you say, ‘He’s truly one of a kind.’ There will never be another like him.”

– Jack Buck

One day, I got a chance to visit with a neighbor of Stan’s.  They took me over to meet the Musial’s, unannounced.  Here’s a young kid, showing up unannounced at the door of a man who by all rights was Mr. St. Louis.  Turns out Stan and Mrs. Musial were in the pool.  He happily gets out of the pool, and standing there dripping wet not caring a tinkers cuss about himself, graciously carries on a conversation with me, showing nothing but genuine warmth and kindness.  I have a copy of that picture there, but with the autograph “To Al, hope you become a ball player.  Stan Musial”

Happy 90th Birthday to one of the nicest guys on the planet.

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