Amid all the drug scandals and guaranteed megacontracts that have reduced the sport to a business absent loyalty from either players or fans, I often have to remind myself why I am still a baseball junkie. After reading Joe Posnanski's brilliant piece on one of the game's immortals, it has never been more clear. Think of the lessons that could be learned if everyone, not just ballplayers, tried to emulate Stan Musial.
Ed Lachcik, Heathrow, Fla.
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I have always found it curious that Musial and his storied career are not more widely appreciated outside St. Louis (Aug. 2--9). It is a mark of how wonderful a man Musial is that despite his tremendous statistical achievements, the article focused more on the Man's joyful personality and his genuine desire to make those around him happy.
Paul Blawie, Avon, Conn.
Since the Man lived a few neighborhoods away as I was growing up in St. Louis, he was my only hero. When I started working for SI out of college, he stayed my only hero. By the time I left SI more than a quarter century later—after meeting, getting to know and writing about what seemed like every athlete in every sport—he remained my only hero. And now, still. Whaddya say! Whaddya say! I say heartfelt thanks for the amazingly joyous picture of the Man before his final game, and congratulations to Joe Posnanski, whose feel and prose for my only hero was as memorable and elegant as Stan Musial himself.
Curry Kirkpatrick Hilton Head, S.C.
Contrary to what Posnanski wrote, Fox devoted several minutes exclusively to Stan the Man at the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis, airing historic clips and his golf cart ride into the ballpark while Joe Buck referred to him as "one of the sweetest, most genuine men ever to play baseball, who just happens to be one of the greatest players ever." Our cameras stayed on Musial right until the moment he handed the ceremonial first- pitch ball to President Obama.
Lou D'Ermilio Senior VP Communications Fox Sports Media Group New York City