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Stan Musial

MLB Legend Stan Musial

Profession: MLB Legend

United States of America

Biography: "Stan the Man" was a Major League Baseball outfielder on the St. Louis Cardinals for 22 seasons, from 1941 through 1963, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. With 1,815 hits at home and 1,815 on the road, he also is considered to be the most consistent hitter of his era. He was named the NL MVP three times and won three World Series championship titles.

Born: November 21, 1920
Birthplace: Donora, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: January 19, 2013 (aged 92)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Married Life

  • 1940-05-25 MLB outfielder Stan Musial (19) weds his high school sweetheart Lillian Labash in Daytona Beach

Historical Events

  • 1941-09-17 Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4
  • 1943-11-11 New York Yankees pitcher Spud Chandler wins AL MVP; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial wins NL MVP
  • 1948-12-02 After one of the best seasons in baseball history, St Louis Cardinals utility Stan Musial is named NL MVP; leads NL in batting average (.365), runs (135), RBI (131), hits (230), doubles (46), triples (18) & slugging (.702), with 39 HRs
  • 1949-07-25 St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1
  • 1952-01-16 US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary
  • 1952-09-28 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching appearance, throwing one pitch to Chicago Cubs Frank Baumholtz
  • 1954-05-02 MLB St. Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader against the New York Giants at Busch Stadium
  • 1955-06-03 Stan Musial hits his 300th HR
  • 1957-06-12 Stan Musial plays in 823rd game (new NL consecutive-game streak)
  • 1957-06-28 Frick overrules and names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, & Hank Aaron to team
  • 1958-05-13 MLB player Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits
  • 1962-04-13 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record
  • 1962-05-19 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431
  • 1962-09-02 St. Louis 1st baseman Stan Musial's records his 3,516th hit in Cards' 4-3 loss v NY Mets; overtakes Tris Speaker into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb on the MLB all-time list
  • 1963-08-12 Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year
  • 1963-09-10 Stan Musial hits a HR in his 1st at bat as a grandfather
  • 1963-09-29 Cardinal's celebrate Stan Musial Day in St Louis, for Stan Musial's final game, where he hits his 3,629th & 3,630th total hits (475 HRs)
  • 1967-01-23 Stan Musial is named GM of Cards
  • 1969-01-22 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1969-06-29 On 'Billy Williams Day' at Wrigley Field, Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial's NL record for consecutive MLB games played (896) as Chicago sweeps St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1 and 12-1
  • 1972-09-03 Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron earns his 6,135th total base to break Stan Musial’s MLB record in an 8-0 home defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies
  • 1973-08-18 Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record
  • 1981-06-10 Pete Rose ties Stan Musial's NL record of 3,630 hits
  • 1981-08-10 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record

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