He was one of the best hitters in baseball.
Musial was so well respected that he had not one but two statues built in his honor outside the Cardinals Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Musial won seven batting championships, hit 474 homeruns and got 3,630 hits in his career and a career in which he was never thrown out of a game in 22 seasons for arguing with an umpire.
He was such a great guy that 50’s era pitcher Johnny Antonelli reportedly said, “Stan was such a nice guy that I was probably happy for him when he homered off me.”
“Stan the Man” as he was known was a gentleman who had a quality all of us cannot get enough of – humility.
We live in a self-absorbed world.
We collect Facebook friends just for clicking and document our lives in social media as if we won seven batting championships.
The quality that is so elusive is also so attractive – it’s the one we should all aspire to.
“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real” – Thomas Merton.
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