Stanley Frank Musial, born Stanislaw Franciszek Musial and popularly known as Stan Musial was born on November 21, 1920. He remains a legendary hitter in the history of baseball. In his career lifetime, he only played for St. Louis Cardinals to set several baseball records and amass major league recognitions. In his career lifetime, Musial was three times recognized as the Most Valuable Player (M.V.P.) by the National League (N.L.). In addition to being a baseball legend, Musial enlisted to serve in the U.S. Navy in 1945 during WWII. Let us remember the man as we celebrate his birthday.
Stan Musial, born Stanislaw Franciszek Musial on November 21, 1920, remains a legendary hitter in the history of baseball. He is considered among the greatest and most consistent in baseball history. Musial was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, in the U.S. His parents were Mary and Lukasz Musial. He had five siblings namely Ed, Ida, Helen, Rose, and Vicki. According to astrologers, Musial’s Zodiac sign is Scorpio.
Musial also had his own family. He married Lilian Susan Labash on May 25, 1940. They were blessed with four children — one son and three daughters, namely Richard, Gerry, Janet, and Jeanie. He ran a successful homefront. Besides playing baseball, Musial operated successful business ventures, including a restaurant.
Throughout his career, Musial was professionally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1938 as a pitcher. In 1941, he converted into an outfielder, following which he made his major baseball league debut. On January 23, 1945, Musial was enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve during WWII. In 1946, he was released from the Navy upon which he returned to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. His major league statistics indicate that he attained a .331 batting average, 3,630 hits, 475 home runs, and 1,951 runs batted in. Musial is a 24x All-Star player, 3x World Series champion (1942, 1944, 1946), 3x N.L. M.V.P. (1943, 1946, 1948), and 7x N.L. batting champion. He set career records in his career lifetime until his retirement in 1963. Finally, in 1969, he was introduced to the Baseball Hall of Fame. President Barack Obama also presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award that can ever be given to a civilian by the United States government. Musial passed on January 19, 2013, due to natural causes.
Musial is professionally signed as a pitcher by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Musial makes his major league debut after he is converted from a pitcher into an outfielder.
Musial enlists to serve in the U.S. Navy during WWII and takes a hiatus from professional baseball until 1946.
Musial retires as a professional baseball player.
Musial has been a Baseball Hall of Famer since 1969.
Why We Love Stan Musial
He is patriotic
It is only a patriot that is willing to put his life on the line for his country. Musial served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII, proving his patriotism.
He was loved by many
As a talented baseball player, Musial managed to capture the hearts of many people. At his death, thousands of fans thronged the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to honor him.
He played for only one team
It is rare for a sportsman to stick to only one team during his career lifetime. Musial professionally played for only one team, the St. Louis Cardinals, and still managed to hold records in the history of baseball.
5 Surprising Facts
He’s one of the greatest hitters ever
Musial is considered among the greatest hitters in the history of baseball.
He only played for one team
Musial played for only one team, the St. Louis Cardinals, during his entire career as a baseball player.
He started playing baseball young
Musial began playing baseball informally at a young age and during high school, he joined the school's team.
He was a general manager
In addition to being a devoted player to the St. Louis Cardinals, he was also the team's general manager.
He was in the All-Century Team
In 1999, Musial was voted as one of the players to compose the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Stan Musial FAQs
What is Stan Musial famous for?
Musial set countless records and won three N.L. M.V.P. awards, three World Series titles, and seven N.L. batting titles.
Why did Stan Musial retire?
After going through some struggles in his career, Musial decided to retire in 1963.
Who has the most hits all-time in baseball?
Pete Rose holds 4,256 career hits, a Major League record in baseball history.
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