Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 4, 1982: The Stan The Man Statue Is Erected in St. Louis

On August 4, 1968, the Stan The Man Musial statue was erected outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The tribute to The Man was sculpted by Carl Christian Mose, it is 10 feet, 5 inches high, and sits on an 8 1/2 foot high marble pedestal. The statue sat in front of the stadium on the northeast side and had Musial in the stance that he made famous. The words "Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight." were inscribed on the statue. Those were words the commissioner of baseball Ford C. Frick had said when Musial retired on September 29, 1963. Among the attendees were 19 men from the '41 club which was Musial's rookie year. They had seen him go from being just a kid trying to make a big league roster, to The Man that had a statue being erected in front of the stadium that the Cardinals called home. While Stan didn't care for the design of the statue, but he took great pride in the honor that was bestowed upon him. Stan preferred a different design that had him with the bat resting on his hip while he was giving an autograph to a young boy, that design didn't happen in large part because of the cost. When the team moved to the new Busch in '06 the statue was moved to the West side of the stadium where many of us meet our family and friends today. It truly is an iconic statue dedicated to the biggest icon the organization has ever seen.

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