Cieradkowski: Stan Musial, the sailor man

From SABR member Gary Cieradkowski at Studio Gary C on July 13, 2018:

The halfway point on the drive between New Jersey and Kentucky is Donora, Pennsylvania. Besides being my own personal milestone of almost being home or almost being to my Grandmother’s house, Donora is the birthplace of two Hall of Fame ballplayers. In over 40 years of watching baseball in person, Griffey was the absolute greatest ballplayer I had the pleasure of seeing in person. The other Hall of Famer who hailed from that town of Donora was a bit before my time, but as a kid I heard both my father and his father talk about: Stan Musial. Stashu. That Man. Stan The Man.

He was THE budding superstar of the early 1940’s. On a St. Louis Cardinals team that was loaded with talent, young Stan Musial stood out. Unlike tough and rough teammates like Whitey Kurowski or Enos Slaughter, Musial was a quiet, friendly fella. When radio announcers pronounced his Polish last name wrong, Stan was too nice of a guy to bring it to their attention. Thus, Musial (pronounced “Mu-show”) became Musial (pronounced “Mew-see-al”).

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Originally published: July 17, 2018. Last Updated: July 17, 2018.