2014 – Joe Torre
2015 – Arnold Palmer
2016 – Cal Ripken Jr.
2017 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee
The Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship is the pinnacle honor bestowed at the Musial Awards. It recognizes an iconic sports figure who exemplifies sportsmanship and embodies the class, dignity, generosity, excellence, civility and integrity synonymous with Stan the Man.
In 2017, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jackie Joyner-Kersee. A six-time Olympic medalist, JJK has been called the greatest female athlete of her time. It’s a reflection of the success she achieved as a track and field superstar. But it’s also an apt way to describe her as a person. She is as gracious, kind and unassuming as they come. When it comes to sportsmanship, JJK is certainly “the greatest.”
Cal Ripken Jr. became the award’s third recipient when he accepted the honor at the 2016 Musial Awards. Baseball’s “Iron Man” was recognized for the way he played the game and the manner in which he carried himself on and off the field. A 19-time All-Star and holder of baseball’s record for consecutive games played, he is admired for his consistent, respectful and humble approach. Like Musial, Ripken spent his entire hall of fame career with one team – 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.
In 2015, Arnold Palmer accepted the Musial Lifetime Achievement Award in one of his last public appearances prior to his passing. One of the most popular and accessible sports figures, “The King” built an army of admirers through his down-to-earth and personable approach. His golfing success – seven major championships including four Masters titles – is matched by his kindness and philanthropic commitment. In addition to being legendary ambassadors of their respective sports and among the greatest athletes of all-time, Palmer and Musial are linked by their Western Pennsylvania roots – making it all the more fitting for the golfing great to have received the Lifetime Achievement Award named for Stan.
The inaugural Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship was presented to Joe Torre in 2014. The baseball hall of famer was recognized for the upstanding character and humble demeanor that define his career and personality. A model of integrity and generosity, Torre has been a class act as a player, manager and Major League Baseball executive. In accepting the award, Torre said, “This is one of the proudest nights of my life.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award’s selection committee includes members of the Musial family and representatives from the Musial Awards and the St. Louis Sports Commission. The recipient is presented a special sculpture of the Cardinals legend created by renowned St. Louis artist Harry Weber. The work, entitled “Remembering Stan the Man,” was commissioned to be presented to the award’s annual winner. Only 50 of the limited-edition sculptures exist.
The Musial Awards looks forward to continuing a tradition of honoring the most respected personalities in sports with the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award – the ultimate award for sportsmanship.