Perhaps the best player in Cardinals History, Stan “The Man” Musial, died Saturday evening at the age of 92 from natural causes. Stanley Frank Musial made a name for himself as one of baseball’s all-time best hitters, as well as one of its greatest, most dignified ambassadors. Stan “The Man” started out as a pitcher but made the transition to an outfielder that could slug it out with the best of them. He played his whole career as a Cardinal, boasting a batting average above .300 17 times during his 22-year and earned three National League Most Valuable Player awards as well as three World Series titles.
In 1945 he took time off from the game to join the Navy in its effort in World War II. Musial retired with a .331 career batting average and as the National League’s career leader in RBI, games played, runs scored, hits and doubles. Obviously some of those records have been broken by now but he still ranks fourth in baseball history in total hits, behind only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron. In 1969, Musial was elected on his first try into the Hall of Fame, calling it “the greatest honor of the many that have been bestowed upon me.”