Stan "The Man" Musial, who is considered one of baseball's greatest hitters of all time and a St. Louis Cardinal for more than two decades, won three World Series and was a three-time league MVP. He also earned seven National League batting titles.
Widely considered one of, if not the best, Cardinal in franchise history, Musial started his baseball career in 1941 as a minor league pitcher until he injured his pitching arm. After that incident, he moved to the outfield and first base, which proved to be one of the best decisions he made in his career, as his batting average rose to .331 with 475 home runs before retiring in 1963. In 1969, Musial was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, his first year of eligibility and receiving 93% of the vote, which was unmatched until Willie Mays was inducted in 1979.
The Cardinals Nation loved Musial so much, that his number was the first in Cardinal history to be officially retired. He also has not one, but two statues honoring his efforts outside of Busch Stadium.
Throughout his career, "The Man" was known for playing his harmonica wherever he went. Whether it was to a group of young fans at a regular season game, or even playing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, everyone was happy to hear Musial on his harmonica.
Stan "The Man" Musial will be missed in the baseball community. He was known as one of baseball's greatest players, who was free of scandals, playing slumps, and was a family man that many could relate to. Ogden Nash, one of the popular poets during the 1940s-50s, wrote a poem about the Cardinals great:
"And between the slugging and the greeting,
To the bank for a directors' meeting.
Yet no one grudges success to Stan,
Good citizen and family man.
Though I would love to have his job
One half tycoon, one half Ty Cobb."