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Stan Musial

Biography

Historical St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer who was simply nicknamed “Stan the person.” He was a 24-period All-Star, 3-period World Series Champ, 3-time Nationwide League MVP and 7-period NL batting champ. He idolized Lefty Grove as a young child. He retired using a profession typical of .331 while saving 3,630 strikes and 475 house runs. He previously four kids with Lillian Labash, whom he wedded in November 1939. He and Bob Gibson had been teammates over the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 to 1963.

Quick Facts


Full Name Stan Musial
Date Of Birth November 21, 1920
Died January 19, 2013, Ladue, Missouri, United States
Place Of Birth Donora, PA
Weight 79 kg
Profession Baseball Player
Education Ringgold High School
Nationality American
Spouse Lillian "Lil" Labash
Children Janet Musial, Gerry Musial, Richard Musial, Jeanie Musial
Parents Mary Musial, Lukasz Musial
Siblings Ed Musial, Ida Daniels, Helen Daniels, Rose Lang, Vicki Wagner
Awards National League Most Valuable Player Award, Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
Movies Michael Jordan to the Max
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Had 3,630 hits in his career. Exactly half (1,815) were achieved in home games and half in road games.
2Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on February 15, 2011.
3Made major league debut on 17 September 1941.
4Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in 2000.
5Inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1989.
6Despite the fact that he hit 475 home runs lifetime, he never led the league in that category.
7In 1972 he was awarded Poland's Merited Champions Medal, that nation's highest sports award; he was the first foreigner so honored.
8.331 Batting Average (30th All Time), .417 On-base percentage (23rd All Time), .559 Slugging Percentage (23rd All Time), 3,026 Games (6th All Time), 10,972 At Bats (9th All Time), 1,949 Runs (8th All Time), 3,630 Hits (4th All Time), 6,134 Total Bases (2nd All Time), 725 Doubles (3rd All Time), 177 Triples (19th All Time), 475 Home Runs (23rd All Time), 1,951 RBI (5th All Time), 1,599 Walks (11th All Time), 1,377 Extra-Base Hits (2nd All Time) and 5,282 Times on Base (5th All Time).
9His father, Lukasz, was a Polish immigrant; his mother, Mary, was the daughter of Czech immigrants.
10St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Doubles Leader (725).
11St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Triples Leader (177).
12St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Homerun Leader (475).
13St. Louis Cardinals All-Time RBI Leader (1,951).
14St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Total Bases Leader (6,134).
15St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Hits Leader (3,630).
16St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Runs Leader (1,949).
17St. Louis Cardinals All-Time At Bats Leader (10,972).
18St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Games Leader (3,026).
19Member of St. Louis Cardinals World Series Championship Teams in 1942, 1944 and 1946. Member of National League Championship Team in 1943.
20St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Walks Leader (1,599).
21Three-time National League MVP (1943, 1946 and 1948). Finished in Top 10 in voting 11 times (1944, 1949-1957 and 1962).
22Started his professional career as a pitcher in the minor leagues, but switched to the outfield with the Cardinals. He also played quite a few games at first during his career.
23Hit a record five home runs for a doubleheader in 1954 (later tied by Nate Colbert, who happened to be from St. Louis, in 1972).
24Named to National League All Star Team 20 times (1943-1944, 1946-1963).
25Accomplished harmonica player.
26Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in 1969.
27Played his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1941-1963). Missed the 1945 season due to the war.


Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2009 MLB All-Star Game2009TV SpecialHimself - Honorary Co-Captain
St. Louis Cardinals: Baseball Heaven2006Video documentary
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Michael Jordan to the Max2000DocumentaryHimself
CBS This Morning1991TV SeriesHimself
Hee Haw1985TV SeriesHimself
The Way It Was1975TV SeriesHimself
1975 MLB All-Star Game1975TV SpecialHimself - NL Honorary Captain
Greatest Sports Legends1973TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Pro Baseball Player
That Girl1970TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1963-1965TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest
What's My Line?1964TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
1963 MLB All-Star Game1963TV SpecialHimself - NL Outfielder
1961 MLB All-Star Game1961TV SpecialHimself - NL pinch hitter
1958 MLB All-Star Game1958TV SpecialHimself - NL First Baseman
The Ed Sullivan Show1949-1958TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Interviewee
1957 MLB All-Star Game1957TV SpecialHimself - NL First Baseman
1956 MLB All-Star Game1956TV SpecialHimself - NL Right Fielder
1955 MLB All-Star Game1955TV SpecialHimself - NL First Baseman
1954 MLB All-Star Game1954TV SpecialHimself - NL Right Fielder
1953 MLB All-Star Game1953TV SpecialHimself - NL Left Fielder
1952 MLB All-Star Game1952TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
1951 MLB All-Star Game1951TV SpecialHimself - NL Left Fielder
1950 MLB All-Star Game1950TV SpecialHimself - NL First Baseman
1949 MLB All-Star Game1949TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
Style of the Stars1947Documentary shortAll-Star Baseball Player

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prime 92010-2011TV SeriesHimself
Ted Williams2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Perfect Game2009Himself (uncredited)
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
100 Years of the World Series2003Video documentaryHimself
When It Was a Game1991TV Movie documentaryHimself

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#Quote
1[explaining his unfailingly cheerful manner] If you had a .331 lifetime batting average, you'd be happy all the time too.
2The key to hitting for high average is to relax, concentrate, and don't hit the fly ball to center field.
3When a pitcher's throwing a spitball, don't worry and don't complain, just hit the dry side like I do.
4Somehow it doesn't seem to be making me as nervous as when I was getting close to 3,000 hits. - on approaching Honus Wagner's 44-year-old league record for career hits in 1962
5I consciously memorized the speed at which every pitcher in the league threw his fastball, curve, and slider; then, I'd pick up the speed of the ball in the first thirty feet of its flight and knew how it would move once it had crossed the plate.
6There was never a day when I was as good as Joe DiMaggio at his best. Joe was the best, the very best I ever saw.
7The first principle of contract negotiations is don't remind them of what you did in the past - tell them what you're going to do in the future.


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