Stan Musial

Birthdate 11/21/1920
Death Date 1/19/2013
Debut Year 1941
Year of Induction 1969
Teams Cardinals
Positions Center Field, First Base, Left Field, Right Field

Originally signed as a pitcher, Musial injured his throwing shoulder. Stan gave up pitching and went on to become one of the greatest hitters ever.

In the collection:

Autographed telegram inviting 1946 MVP Stan Musial to receive the Sid Mercer Award at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City

Autographed telegram inviting 1946 MVP Stan Musial to receive the Sid Mercer Award at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City

When Stan Musial won the 1946 MVP Award, he received this telegram inviting him to New York City’s Waldorf Astoria to pick up the Sid Mercer Award. Musial has autographed this original offering that has found its way into the
Autographed photo taken with Cardinal manager Eddie Dyer in NYC two days before the MVP picked up the Sid Mercer Award

Autographed photo taken with Cardinal manager Eddie Dyer in NYC two days before the MVP picked up the Sid Mercer Award

A smiling Cardinals skipper Eddie Dyer holds Musial close as the two meet in New York, Dyer attending the Winter Meetings, and Musial to pick up the award mentioned in the telegram. A 24-time All Star and twice an MVP, Musial
Caption from the photo verifying the link between telegram and photo

Caption from the photo verifying the link between telegram and photo

This caption adorns the back of the photo. “Eddie Dyer, St. Louis Cardinals  manager keeps a firm grip on his star first baseman, Stan Musial who is here to receive the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Dyer is attending the Major League meeting at the Waldorf Astoria. 1-31-47”
After Musial's 1942 rookie year there was a contentious contract negotiation with St. Louis owner Sam Breadon for what would be Musial's first MVP season

After Musial's 1942 rookie year there was a contentious contract negotiation with St. Louis owner Sam Breadon for what would be Musial's first MVP season

The 1942 season was a great one for the St. Louis Cardinals and their rookie Stan Musial. It was the fourth World Series championship during Sam Breadon’s reign as team owner and a solid year for young Musial. The 22-year old Musial was paid $4,200 for a year in which hit
Musial rejected the initial offer; this is Breadon's response.

Musial rejected the initial offer; this is Breadon's response.

Musial felt the salary offer was not enough and sent the contract back unsigned. A clearly miffed Cardinal owner Sam Breadon scolds Musial in this correspondence. “We have had great outfielders on our ball club, including Hafey, Medwick, Terry Moore, and Slaughter, and none of them in their second year received a contract for as much as
Page 2 of Breadon's response to Musial's rejection

Page 2 of Breadon's response to Musial's rejection

In closing the letter, Sam Breadon writes, “Baseball is your business, as well as mine, and we must work together. The club is taking all the chances of a very uncertain season, and the players must cooperate or there will be no season.” Breadon then tells Musial he’s returning the contract and hopes the player will not be
In Breadon's third letter, he scolds his young player who would go on to appear in 24 All Star games, win 7 batting titles, 3 MVP Awards and become a first-ballot Hall of Famer

In Breadon's third letter, he scolds his young player who would go on to appear in 24 All Star games, win 7 batting titles, 3 MVP Awards and become a first-ballot Hall of Famer

After Musial again rejected the owner’s proposal, Sam Breadon called the response, “a
Musial retired after the 1963 season and became Consultant to the President on Physical Fitness for Lyndon B. Johnson

Musial retired after the 1963 season and became Consultant to the President on Physical Fitness for Lyndon B. Johnson

After retirement, became Consultant to the President on Physical Fitness for Lydon Baines Johnson and was sworn in on February 26,
Musial gets sworn in at the White House then poses with LBJ

Musial gets sworn in at the White House then poses with LBJ

The same day Stan Musial was sworn into his post as Consultant to the President on Physical Fitness he presented Lyndon Johnson with a personalized photograph. One has to wonder where that photo is now. A smiling LBJ is shown here with Musial as the Cardinals great gives him the picture.

As Cards GM, Musial is congratulated by Bosox owner after 1967 World Series

As Cards GM, Musial is congratulated by Bosox owner after 1967 World Series

When the Red Sox won Game 6 of the 1967 World Series agains the Cardinals, the headlines in Boston screamed, “Lonborg and Champagne!”.  With Cy Young Award winner Jim Lonborg scheduled to pitch the deciding Game 7, the city was sure the Red Sox would capture the championship. After all, Lonborg

"The Man" received congrats from Commissioner Eckert on Stan Musial Day

Baseball employed only three commissioners before owners tabbed William “Spike” Eckert to start his reign on November 17, 1965. The leaders before him each went into the Hall of Fame — Judge Landis, Happy Chandler, and Ford Frick — as did Bowie Kuhn after him. Though now a me

A Story about Stan Musial

There was no champagne for Red Sox, Lonborg in ‘67

July 20th, 2017

World Series championships are won on the field, not in the newspapers, but the press might have given the Cardinals extra motivation in their epic seven-game battle against the Red Sox in 1967. Boston had to grind it out just to get to the post season. The battle for supremacy in the American League came down to the last day of the regular season with Boston clinging to a half-game lead over Detroit. The Tigers had a double header at home against the Angels while the Red Sox played the Twins at Fenway Park. Boston turned to ace Jim Lonborg for the regular season finale. The 1967 Cy Young Award winner, Gentleman Jim responded with a gutty performance on three days rest going the distance and allowing only one earned run before the sellout crowd at Fenway. The October 1st contest was his 15th complete game of the season. The Tigers, needing a sweep of California won the first game 6-4 but couldn’t contain the Angels in the 8-5 loss in the second game of the twin bill. With the Detroit loss, Boston earned a berth to the World Series against the National Champion St. Louis Cardinals. On only two […]

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