ST. LOUIS – Nov. 17, 2020 – To commemorate what would have been Stan Musial’s 100th birthday, the St. Louis Sports Commission and the Musial Awards are organizing a drive-by birthday party parade on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Musial statue outside Busch Stadium. Fans can join the procession any time between 1 and 2:30 p.m.
Stan’s family, including children and grandchildren who reside in St. Louis, will be at the statue during that time. From their vehicle, at a safe distance, fans can share well-wishes with the family as they drive by. Additionally, fans are encouraged to bring a card with birthday messages and favorite Stan memories. Cards can be dropped off in a special box placed along the route, and all cards will be given to Stan’s family. Adding to the fun, the celebration will include Fredbird and harmonica players (in honor of Stan’s tradition of entertaining fans by playing the harmonica). And free birthday cupcakes will be distributed while supplies last.
There is no cost and no ticket required to participate in the drive-by birthday party. Fans should just follow these important instructions:
In addition to the drive-by birthday party, the Sports Commission and Musial Awards had planned to host their Stantennial Celebration on Saturday inside Busch Stadium. As an outdoor event with social distancing and limited capacity, it was intended to be a safe and special way to honor Stan’s 100th birthday. However, given the surge in COVID-19 cases and the strain being experienced by the medical community, organizers have decided to cancel the event, concluding that the current situation requires all to act with an abundance of caution. Ticket purchases will be automatically refunded through a credit to their original method of payment.
Beyond the drive-by birthday party, there are several other components in place to mark Stan’s 100th and keep alive the Musial Awards’ tradition of celebrating extraordinary sportsmanship:
The Musial Awards – presented by Maryville University – celebrate the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and those in sports who embody class and character. In addition to keeping alive the legacy of Stan The Man, the mission of the Musial Awards is to encourage kindness, selflessness, integrity and civility in sports and society – and to inspire people across the nation to be good sports. The Musial Awards has taken place in St. Louis since 2005, and in normal times, occurs the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the historic 3,000-seat Stifel Theatre in Downtown St. Louis. It is produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization.