(KTVI)-The greatest Cardinal of all-time has passed away. Stan Musial died Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM at his home. He was surrounded by family. Musial, nicknamed “Stan The Man”, was 92 years old. He played his entire baseball career, 22 years, with the Cardinals from 1941-1963.
“We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family,” said William DeWitt Jr., Chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals. “Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.”
Dewitt added, “We join fans everywhere in mourning the loss of our dear friend and reflect on how fortunate we all are to have known ‘Stan the Man’.”
His accomplishments and dedication to the city of St. Louis are numerous. A three-time MVP, he played in 24 All-Star games. Musial was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1969.
“I never heard anybody say a bad word about him, ever,” Willie Mays said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame.
President Barack Obama presented Stan Musial with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor for contributions to society, at the White House in February 2011. At the ceremony, President Obama said: “Stan remains to this day an icon untarnished, a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman you’d want your kids to emulate.”
Stan Musial celebrated his 92nd birthday last November. His wife of more than 70 years, Lil, died in May of 2012.
The White House issued a statement Sunday on the death of Stan Musial:
“The President was saddened to learn of the passing of baseball legend Stan Musial. In 2010, the President was honored to award Stan “the Man” Musial the nation’s highest civilian honor – the Medal of Freedom – for his unrivaled passion for the sport and the example he set for all young Americans. The President’s thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
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