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Stan Musial: 10 Fascinating Facts about “Stan the Man”
Posted By Patrick Kiger On January 20, 2013 @ 5:52 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
Back in 1960, a DC-6 airliner took off from an airport in Pittsburgh with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team aboard, and 30 seconds into the takeoff, one of the plane’s prop engines abruptly failed. As an article in Time magazine  recounted the incident, the ballplayers, understandably, became anxious — all except for the team’s best player, the great hitter Stan Musial, then in his 19th year in the majors. “I can see the headline now,” he joked to a teammate. “CARDINAL PLANE CRASHES — MUSIAL LONE SURVIVOR.”
As Time noted, it wouldn’t have been that big of a surprise. After all, Musial lasted an astonishing 22 years in the majors, all with the Cardinals. And throughout an athletic career that spanned nearly a quarter-century, he was one of the most feared hitters in the game, a lefty famed for his ferocious line drives. He topped the .300 mark 17 times in his career, won seven National League batting titles and three Most Valuable Player awards. In 1969, Musial was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame  in a landslide, getting votes on 93.2 percent of the ballots.
But there was more to Musial, who died on Jan. 19 at age 92  in Ladue, Mo., than just longevity and his trademark corkscrew stance at the plate, which an opposing coach once likened to “a kid peeking around the corner to see if the cops are coming.” Musial, as teammate Joe Garagiola once described him, was “a saint with money,” a remarkably pleasant superstar who cracked droll jokes in the locker room and admitted to being embarrassed about being, for a time, the National League’s highest-paid player.
Here are 10 fascinating facts about “Stan the Man”:
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 article in Time magazine: http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,896244,00.html
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 Baseball Hall of Fame: http://baseballhall.org/hof/musial-stan
 died on Jan. 19 at age 92: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/sports/baseball/baseball-great-stan-musial-dies-at-92.html?pagewanted=all&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB
 Joseph Stanton: http://books.google.com/books?id=FkOCV6d5m80C&pg=PA99&lpg=PA99&dq=%E2%80%9CThere+is+only+one+way+to+pitch+to+Musial+%E2%80%94+under+the+plate,%E2%80%9D&source=bl&ots=dihsXUljQS&sig=pweLH_MMztoqR_T9DaolrA_bKGM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_DX8UPq3HITO9QSXuICoBA&ved=0CFAQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%E2%80%9CThere%20is%20only%20one%20way%20to%20pitch%20to%20Musial%20%E2%80%94%20under%20the%20plate%2C%E2%80%9D&f=false
 George Vescey: http://books.google.com/books?id=0AkepOpOYEQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=george+vecsey+musial&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gEv8UK64D4mi8QTn4IHwCA&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAA
 Angie Dickinson: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/television/info-01-2011/angie-dickinson-reflects.html
 St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Rick Hummel: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/stan-the-man-musial-dies-no-was-greatest-cardinal/article_663ad0b8-d8fb-5cdd-8fd3-8f397f7a263a.html
 last two hits of his career on the final day of the 1963 season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-MkfzSy4p8
 break Musial’s record: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pete-rose-sets-national-league-hits-record
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B0xUdTTmZk
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