Celebrating "The Man" on Sunday in St. Louis

The greatest St. Louis Cardinals player of all time, 87-year-old Stan Musial, was honored on Sunday at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis Cardinals' Hall of Famer Stan Musial, 87, was honored before the Cardinals' game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, May 18, 2008, in St. Louis. The club dedicated "Musial Plaza" as part of the special Sunday tribute to team's greatest player of all time. The city of St. Louis also honored him with the naming of "Stan Musial Drive".

In 22 seasons, all with the Cardinals, Musial hit .331 with 475 home runs and 3,630 total hits. He won five batting titles and led the league in hits six times, doubles eight times, triples five times and runs five times. He first played in the minor leagues 70 years ago, in 1938, retired in 1963, and was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

To recognize the occasion, we offer a small cross-section of Musial photos, starting from Sunday and working backward.


Musial, left, receives a street sign in his honor in the pre-game ceremonies on the day officially dedicated in his honor. Cardinals' chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr, center, and manager Tony La Russa, far right, also participated in the event.


Musial speaks at the podium in pre-game ceremonies in a day officially dedicated in his honor on Sunday in St. Louis.


Musial looks at his wife Lil during pre-game ceremonies Sunday.


Musial, front of cart, rides along the outfield past his retired number six cut into the berm grass.


Musial looks at his name at the base of his statue during its re-unveiling at the entrance to the new Busch Stadium (III) on April 10, 2006. The statue was previously near the main entrance to the old Busch Stadium (II) and moved to its present location at the new park.


The statue of Musial in its current location outside the new Busch Stadium.


The inscription on the back of the statue. (AP/James A. Finley)


Musial holds his number six after he changing the number on the games remaining sign from six to five after the fifth inning of the September 14, 2005 game at old Busch Stadium (II).


Musial's statue as it stood near the main entrance of Busch Stadium (II) before being moved.


After hanging up his uniform, Musial, having played his final game, sits in the Cardinals dressing room and waits for teammates to come off the field. He left the game after going 2-for-3 against Cincinnati, September 29, 1963, then waited while the game went into extra innings.

A four part segment illustrating Musial's swing follows.





Musial ties into a seventh inning pitch and sends it atop the right field roof for his third home run in a July 8, 1962 game against the Mets at New York's Polo Grounds.


Musial in 1948.


Whitey Kurowski, Enos Slaughter, Marty Marion and Musial in 1946. The Cardinals would win the World Series that season, giving Musial his third and final ring.


Slaughter, Terry Moore and Musial in 1946.


Musial earned the first of his three MVP awards in 1943.



All photos from the Associated Press.

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