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."
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