The stadium entrance area (Musial Bridge entrance), on the west side of the stadium, will be renamed "Musial Plaza" during Sunday's pre-game festivities, set to begin at 1 p.m. CDT. The pre-game ceremony will be broadcast in high definition on KSDK-TV (channel 5) prior to the Cardinals 1:15 p.m. game against the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays.
The "Musial Plaza" features a beautifully designed walkway with brick and granite pavers that pay tribute to Musial. The center section of the plaza features a giant granite baseball with Stan's famous signature inlaid on the "sweet spot" On the top of the baseball are granite pavers signifying many of Stan's career achievements and the bottom of the baseball features Musial's family tree. In addition, there are 3,630 personalized pavers that equate to the total number of hits in Stan's brilliant career (one half are on one side of the plaza, representing his hits at home, and the other half are on the other side, representing his hits on the road).
Musial celebrated the 50th anniversary of his 3,000th career hit this past Tuesday, May 13 (1958 at Wrigley Field off the Cubs' Moe Drabowsky) and this season marks the 60th anniversary of his third MVP season, a year (1948) in which he batted an N.L.-best .376 while also leading the league with 230 hits, 46 doubles, 13 triples and 135 runs batted in.
The special pre-game ceremonies will also include a proclamation from St. Louis City officials, declaring Sunday as "Stan Musial Day" in the city of St. Louis. Members of City Hall will also be on hand to present Stan and his family with replicas of the newly dedicated "Stan Musial Drive" street sign.
In addition, the team is giving away Stan Musial statue replicas to the first 25,000 fans ages 16 and under with a paid admission. The statue giveaway is sponsored by Edward Jones.
Major League Baseball has issued special Stan Musial #6 base jewels that will be visible on each of the bases being used for Sunday's game.