Over the week-end the Hall Of fame lost two of its great members in Stan Musial, 92 and Earl Weaver, 82.
One of baseball’s great hitters, Musial won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the St. Louis Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.
Musial played his entire career in St. Louis and made the All-Star team 24 times. According to Yahoo! Sports he is considered the greatest Cardinal ever and is so revered in St. Louis that two statues have been erected in his honor. He remains the only Cardinal to have his number retired.
Musial’s love for baseball never outshone his love for his family which was evident by the fact that Musial was married for 71 years to his wife Lillian who died last May.
In an era where sports figures remain recurring fodder for the tabloids, Musial was a player who remained an outstanding role-model for fans to look up to and admire on and off the field.
Earl Weaver, remains the winningest manager in the Baltimore Orioles franchise’s history, he died late Friday while on a baseball-themed cruise, said Monica Barlow, an Oriole team spokeswoman.
Weaver was an innovator and brought new ideas to the sports, he is credited with introducing radar guns to track the speed of pitches in professional baseball.
He also was instrumental in the success of the careers of Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. because of his uncanny knack as a strategist of the game.
“His passion for the game and the fire with which he managed will always be remembered by baseball fans everywhere,” Ripken said Saturday in a statement.
His teams won 1,480 games and lost 1,060, and his winning percentage (.583) ranks ninth all-time and fifth among managers in the modern era who managed 10 years or more.
Both men brought honor to baseball and left the game a little better than they found it; and how many among us would like to be able to say that?
Rest in peace.
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