Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 27, 1961: Musial and Javier Take Down The Pirates

     On May 27, 1961, a 7-5 Cardinals win over the Pirates in St. Louis was highlighted by a 5 for 5 day by Julian Javier and a big blast by Stan "The Man" Musial. The Cardinals had to overcome an early Pirates lead, as the great Roberto Clemente hit the 48th home run of his career in the top of the second. Javier came up with his first hit of the day in the bottom of the inning, which was an RBI single that brought Daryl Spencer scampering in. Then Musial, who was 2 for 4 on the day, knocked in two, in a three-run third. Up 4-1 at that point, the Cardinals would not trail again in this contest. Joe Cuningham padded the lead with an RBI in the fourth, before the Bucco's put together a three run rally in the fifth that narrowed the gap to 5-4. Musial squashed their momentum in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot of his own, which was the 433rd home run of his illustrious career. Three batters later starting pitcher Ernie Broglio came up with a big single that brought Javier into score, as the Redbird second baseman could not be kept off the basepaths. The Pirates scratched across another run in the eighth, but it would not be enough to take down the 1-2 punch that Musial and Javier provided on that fine day.

     Javier's career began in 1960, many years after Stan The Man first stood on a big league diamond. Despite the age gap, the two formed a bond that would lead to Julian naming one of his sons Stan. Like father, like son, Stan Javier went onto play in the big leagues. He spent 17 years on the diamond with eight different teams. In 1989, Stan Javier was a member of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, which is something his father did with the Cardinals in 1964 and 1967.

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