Cardinals' Great Stan Musial Dies at 92

'The mold broke with Stan.'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 20, 2013 5:49 AM CST

(Newser) – No last name necessary. A slew of batting titles. Corkscrew stance. Humble. A gentleman. All-around good guy. Stan the Man. Stanley Frank Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals star who was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, died yesterday. He was 92. "I never heard anybody say a bad word about him—ever," Willie Mays said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame. "Stan will be remembered in baseball annals as one of the pillars of our game," Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson said. "The mold broke with Stan. There will never be another like him."

Musial, the Midwest icon with too many batting records to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque, was so revered in St. Louis that two statues in his honor stand outside Busch Stadium. He was one of baseball's greatest hitters, every bit the equal of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. Musial won seven National League batting crowns, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s. He spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals and made the All-Star team 24 times (baseball held two All-Star games each summer for a few seasons). He had been the longest-tenured living Hall of Famer. "It was, you know, a dream come true," Musial once said. "I always wanted to be a ballplayer." Baseball lost another Hall of Famer yesterday when Earl Weaver died.

In this May 13, 1958 file photo, Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinal all-time great baseball player, poses in dugout prior a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago.   ((AP Photo/File))
In this Sept. 29, 1963 file photo, St. louis Cardinals' Stan Musial takes off his uniform in the clubhouse as he completes his playing career after a game against the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis.   (Anonymous)
In this Aug. 4, 1968, file photo, former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Stan Musial stand near a statue of him at the plate, outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis.   (Fred Waters)
In this May 22, 1946 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Stan Musial bats against the Philadelphia Phillies during a baseball game at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pa.   (Warren M. Winterbottom)
In this March 6, 1948 file photo, Stan Musial, outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, poses for a portrait during spring training baseball in St. Petersburg, Fla.   ((AP Photo/File))
In this Sept. 29, 1963 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Stan Musial waves to fans during ceremonies marking the his last game.   (Anonymous)
In this Oct. 1, 2006, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals great Stan "The Man" Musial strikes his signature pose after unveiling his statue at a re-dedication ceremony at the new Busch Stadium.   (Tom Gannam)
In this Oct. 27, 2006, file photo, Hall of Famer Stan Musial gets ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers.   (Elise Amendola)
In this Feb. 25, 1952, file photo, Stan Musial poses as he put on his St. Louis Cardinal uniform for the first time this season at spring training baseball in St. Petersburg, Fla.   (STROUP)
In this May 2, 1963, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Stan Musial sits in the clubhouse after he tied Babe Ruth's extra-base-hit record, against the Chicago Cubs in St. Louis.   ((AP Photo/File))
In this Feb. 18, 1951, file photo, Stan Musial eats spaghetti and talks to Chef Marie Ravetta in the kitchen of Stan Musial and Biggies restaurant, shortly after Musial signed his 1951 contract.   ((AP Photo/File))
In this March 23, 1964 file photo, Stan Musial visits his former teammates at the St. Louis Cardinals spring training baseball camp in Florida.   (Anonymous)
In this March 1958 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Stan Musial, with bat in hand, poses for a photo during spring training baseball in Florida.   (Anonymous)
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