Sportsman of the Year


 

  ...b ut it is hard to consider his life and times without feeling that he must have been invented by Horatio Alger. His is the story, trite but astounding, of the poor, proud boy who goes to the great city, marries a lovely girl, becomes rich and famous, raises three handsome children, and earns the admiration of his fellow citizens in all walks of life...But Horatio Alger wrote of shoe clerks and industrious newsboys; when Musial stands, coiled and ready, at the plate, he is a warrior.

Photograph by John G. Zimmerman
Text by Paul O'Neil

In a career with the Cardinals that spanned 1941-1963, Musial, a 3-time MVP, won seven batting titles, led the league in hits six times, and was a 24-time All Star.

Today, the 76 year-old Musial owns Stan the Man Inc., a sports memorabilia concern in the St. Louis area, and is a director of the Association of Professional Baseball Players of America.

 
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