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Stan Musial—Progressive & Decent

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I regret the death a few days ago of Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial at age 92.

(Above–Stan Musial.)

Mr. Musial was loyal to his wife, loyal to the Midwestern river city of St. Louis and welcoming to Jackie Robinson when he broke into the Major Leagues in 1947.

Mr. Musial campaigned for John Kennedy in ’60, was appointed to LBJ’ s President’s Council on Physical Fitness and supported Barack Obama.

Mr. Musial was active in the Polish-American community.

Mr. Musial had a basic decent progressive conservatism that I have a lot of regard for as an outlook of life. Mr. Musial was not a radical in any sense, but if more folks had his day-to-day commitments and values this would be a better society.

Here is the Associated Press obituary for Stan Musial.

Here is Stan Musial’s lifetime baseball record from Baseball Reference.com.

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January 21, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. “Mr. Musial was loyal to his wife, loyal to the Midwestern river city of St. Louis and welcoming to Jackie Robinson when he broke into the Major Leagues in 1947.”

    Speaking of Robinson. There’s a new movie coming out soon on him. Wonder if Stan’s part in his life will be portrayed.

    Comment by lbwoodgate | January 21, 2013

  2. I read George Vecsey’s fine bio of Stan Musial this summer. Learned a lot, including how he was welcomed in Brooklyn, even many years later as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame, because of his support for Jackie Robinson.

    Comment by Newton | January 21, 2013

  3. Stan’s wife was of Slovakian origin. His children are of Czech, Slovak, and Polish origin. Legend has it that Stan is a direct descendant of Czech and Lech, the two of the three brothers of the Lech, Czech, and Rus fame in Europe.

    Comment by V.E.G. | January 21, 2013

  4. Stan Musial was born shortly after the 2nd anniversary of modern Polish independence!

    Comment by V.E.G. | January 21, 2013

  5. woodgate–I was just looking at this movie a few days agao hoping it will be good.

    Newton—A very good reading suggestion.

    V.E.G.—Very helpful comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 22, 2013

  6. He also quit smoking to be a better example to kids: http://charleneoldham.com/2013/02/19/the-greatest-all-star-game-of-all-time/

    Comment by charleneoldham | February 19, 2013


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