STAN THE MAN
Defined by class, excellence, humility, and generosity, Stan Musial embodied the virtues of sportsmanship. That’s why the most meaningful and inspiring night in sports bears Stan the Man’s name. Beloved by our community and around the world, his legacy and spirit are forever honored when we celebrate extraordinary sportsmanship and all that’s right in sports.
Stan is considered one of the greatest baseball players in history with 22 seasons as a St. Louis Cardinal. He totaled 3,630 hits, ranking fourth all-time and is considered to be the most consistent hitter of his era. Playing first base and later in the outfield, he helped the Cardinals win three World Series championships, was named the National League’s MVP three times and made 24 All-Star Game appearances. A first-ballot inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, Musial received numerous awards for his contributions to baseball and society. He was selected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999 and posthumously inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2014. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Given the nickname “Stan the Man,” he was a role model on and off the field. It is for this reason that his statue outside Busch Stadium is inscribed with the quote from former baseball Commissioner Ford Frick: “Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.” A true icon of sportsmanship, he left a legacy that few can match.
With Stan and our honorees as inspiration, create your own “Musial Moment” through an act of kindness, compassion, selflessness or generosity – on the playing field or anywhere – or tell us about a great Musial Moment you observe using #MusialMoments. Be sure to tag us @MusialAwards and share it on facebook.com/MusialAwards!