Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29, 1955, Stan Picks Up His 2,500th hit

On June 29, 1955, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Stan Musial picked up the 2,500th hit of his career with a sixth inning home run off of Cincinnati's Rudy Minarcin, it was Musial's second hit of the game and it knotted the score up at 4 apiece. After Cincy took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth, Musial and the boys would tack 5 more runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning, it would be all they needed as they added a W to the win column by the score of 9-5. Musial was 34 years old when he reached the 2,500 plateau, he immediately set his sights on 3,000, saying "The last 500 will be the toughest" as he knew he wasn't getting younger. It didn't prove to be all that tough for The Man, he reached 3,000 in May of 1958 and he wasn't done. He had more than 600 hits left in his bat that would produce a grand total of 3,630 hits before he called it a career at the age of 42. My favorite all time stat for Stan Musial will always be that he picked up 1,815 hits at home and 1,815 hits on the road, he was a true model of consistency as well as one of the greatest men that the city of St. Louis has been lucky enough to call their own.

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The artwork was done by Christopher Paluso you can check out more of his work here:  quite awhile back I asked him if I could use a painting of his on my On This Day In Sports page, he gladly told me to go right ahead, then he sent me the artwork of Stan after realizing I was a Cardinals fan. I have been waiting for the perfect day to use it, which is today.

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