"He didn't hit a homer in his last at-bat; he hit a single. He didn't hit in 56 straight games. He married his high school sweetheart and stayed married to her, never married a Marilyn Monroe. He didn't play with the sheer joy and style that goes alongside Willie Mays' name. None of those easy things are there to associate with Stan Musial. All Musial represents is more than two decades of sustained excellence and complete decency as a human being." - Bob Costas
"How good was Stan Musial? He was good enough to take your breath away." - Vin Scully
Cap: $120 million
Clones: Limited. You may clone Stan Musial to satisfy as many of these categories as you wish (except for 2, 22, 23, and 25, but you'll need some pitchers anyways), but you may not clone anyone else.
1.) Pick any season of Stan Musial.
2.) Stan was born in Donora, PA, also the birthplace of the Griffey family. Pick any season of Ken Griffey Sr. or Jr.
3.) Pick any season of a player born in 1920, Stan's birth year: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1920-births.shtml
4.) Stan served in World War II. Pick any player who served during World War II: http://www.baseballinwartime.com/those_who_served/those_who_served_atoz.htm
5.) Stan was elected to the HOF in 1969 on his first ballot. Pick any season of a first ballot Hall of Famer: http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/First_Ballot_Hall_of_Famer
6.) Stan won three National League MVPs. Pick a player in the season in which they won the NL MVP: http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/mvp_cya.shtml
7.) Stan won three World Series. Pick any Cardinal from a World Series winner (no twisting): 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006, 2011.
8.) Stan won seven batting titles. Pick any player during a season in which he won the batting championship: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_batting_champions
9.) Pick any season from a member of the 3000 hit club: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3,000_hit_club
10.) Stan enjoyed playing the harmonica. Pick any baseball player with a personal connection to music (i.e., played an instrument publicly; no family members). Here are a couple places to look: http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?99427-Baseball-musicians and http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/arts/music/baseball-players-who-play-music-too.html?pagewanted=all
11.) Stan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Pick any player who has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom_recipients#Sports
12.) Stan debuted in 1941. Pick any season of any player who debuted in 1941: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1941-debuts.shtml
13.) Stan's last game was in 1963. Pick any season of any player whose last game was in 1963: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1963-finalyear.shtml
14.) Pick any season of a player selected to MLB's All-Century Team: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_All-Century_Team
15.) "Stan the Man" is widely considered one of the greatest old-school nicknames in baseball history. Pick any season of your favorite nickname from this AP list of baseball's best old nicknames: http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1991/Baseball-91-With-BBO-No-More-Nicknames/id-7125485709f00d7f2259545c9a3e8ede
16.) Stan hit for the cycle in 1949. Pick a player in a season in which he hit for the cycle (no twisting): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_players_to_hit_for_the_cycle
17.) Stan hit 6 career homers in the All-Star Game, more than any other player in history. Pick any player who played in an All-Star Game in baseball history (no twisting, you must use one of their All-Star seasons).
18.) Stan was converted from a pitcher to a position player in the minors. Pick any player who was converted from a pitcher to a hitter in the minors or majors. Partial list here, and you may use pitching seasons if they have them: http://baseballpastandpresent.com/2010/05/05/the-10-best-pitchers-turned-position-players-in-baseball/
19.) Stan is immortalized in two statues outside of Busch Stadium. Pick any season of a player who is honored with a statue outside one of a major league stadium: http://www.wezen-ball.com/2010-articles/february/baseballs-best-statues-by-ballpark.html
20.) Stan's number 6 was retired by the Cardinals in 1963, the year he retired. Pick any season of a player whose number has been retired: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_retired_numbers
21.) Pick a player who spent his entire major league playing career with the same franchise (minimum 10 seasons).
22.) Stan was married in 1940. Pick any player season from 1940.
23.) Stan's 50th wedding anniversary was in 1990. Pick any player season from 1990.
24.) Pick a player born on November 21st. http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/birthdays.cgi?month=11&day=21
25.) Pick any teammate of Stan's (no twisting).
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1/31/2013 1:21 PM (edited)