Tomasik: The story behind Stan Musial’s four steals of home

From SABR member Mark Tomasik at RetroSimba on November 21, 2012:

As a tribute to Stan Musial on his 92nd birthday today, Nov. 21, 2012, we’re taking a look at the daring and savvy that helped make him the Cardinals’ greatest player.

One of the more remarkable yet unheralded feats in his Hall of Fame career is this: Musial stole home four times for the Cardinals.

Musial played nearly a decade in the major leagues before he swiped home. Then, he did it four times within four years.

(To put that in perspective, Lou Brock, the National League leader in career steals, stole home just twice, once as a Cub and once as a Cardinal.)

A smart baserunner rather than a prolific base-stealer, Musial had 78 stolen bases in a 22-year Cardinals career. His single-season high was nine in 1943, his second full year in the big leagues.

Yet early in his professional playing days Musial earned a reputation for his cunning on the basepaths.

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Originally published: November 21, 2012. Last Updated: November 21, 2012.