Re: Stan Musial passed away
I think at the time Stan the Man died he owned every NL hitting record. Joe Garagiola used to tell some great stories about Stan the Man. When asked about hitting the spitter, Stan the Man replied, "I just hit the dry side".
The author of the last biography of Musial said that he had been a fan of Musial during his playing days, but when he wrote the book he expected to lose some of his admiration for him. With all of the other subjects of his books he had always learned about the non public side which usually wasn't very flattering. His admiration for his subjects always decreased while researching them. Musial was the only subject that he came to admire more after researching him. He said in his book that he had a lot of difficulty finding anyone who had anything negative to say about Musial. One of the few people with which he had a disagreement late in life was Garagiola. The disagreement was over a business venture.
It think he has the distinction of being the only player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of an opposing team. The Brooklyn Dodgers inducted him into their Hall of Fame. That's the kind of people that Brooklyn Dodger fans were. If you beat them, but we're great they would acknowledge you as long as you were not a Giant.
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Last edited by a700hitter; 01-20-2013 at 02:57 AM.