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I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of "Stan the Man" Musial.
Not only was he one of the greatest baseball players of all times, he also was a staunch supporter of the Cardinal organization after his retirement in 1963, the sport of baseball, his adopted home of St. Louis, and as a second-generation Polish immigrant, the United States. In addition, he was a very devoted husband and father and a deeply religious person.
I consider myself to be very fortunate to have grown up in St. Louis in the 1950s and early 1960s. I was able to follow Stan's baseball career and his off-the-field appearances at Holy Name Society meetings at his and other Catholic parishes in the archdiocese, his willing participation in many civic and charitable activities, his attendance at his son Dick's high school sporting activities, and his availability at his local restaurant, Stan & Biggie's.
While I certainly admire his baseball accomplishments, I think his lasting legacy is that he truly was an excellent "role model" for young and old. I regret that many modern athletes haven't chosen to model their on-the-playing-field and off-field behavior and activities after Stan Musial.
My fond memories of "Stan the Man" will be lasting, and I'm very pleased to have been able to see his sporting performances and contributions to the St. Louis community. He truly was respected and loved by all.
Michael F. Vezeau
Sun City Hilton Head