One night after his longtime friend and teammate Red Schoendienst was honored on his upcoming 90th birthday, fellow Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial died quietly at age 92 at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at his St. Louis County home under hospice care.
Musial’s family members who did not live here had gathered in the last day when Musial’s health had deteriorated. A family spokesman made the announcement.
Musial, who turned 92 in November, has been in declining health for the last several years, including being afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Lillian Musial, his wife of more than 70 years, had died last May 4.
Considered the greatest Cardinal of them all, Musial also likely was the most popular Cardinal of them all, continuing to make his home in St. Louis after his retirement in 1963.
Playing his entire 22-season career with the Cardinals, Musial is the franchise leader in virtually every category, including hits at 3,630, splitting them evenly at 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road.
Selected to play in a record-tying 24 All-Star Games, Musial won seven National League batting titles.
Signed to a professional contract by the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher 1938, Musial was converted into an outfielder, where he made his major league debut in 1941.
At the time of his retirement, Musial held or shared 17 major league records, 29 National League records, and nine All-Star Game records. In addition to overseeing businesses such as Stan Musial and Biggie’s restaurant, Musial served as the Cardinals’ general manager in 1967 and then quit after his team won both the National League title and World Series that year.
“On my tombstone just write, ‘The sorest loser that ever lived,’” he once said.
Weaver, 82, a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame and the winningest manager in the franchise’s history, died late Friday while on a baseball-themed cruise, said Monica Barlow, a team spokeswoman.
The cause apparently was a heart attack, the team said on its website.
His teams won 1,480 games and lost 1,060, and his winning percentage (.583) ranks ninth all-time and fifth among managers in the modern era who managed 10 years or more.
Five times, Baltimore won at least 100 games for Weaver, who was 5 feet 7 but stood mythically tall to his players.
“Having Earl gives us a four-game lead on everybody,” pitcher Sammy Stewart once said.
The Orioles failed to post a winning record under Weaver only once, in 1986. His career was defined by an affinity for the three-run home run and a long-running, public feud with superstar pitcher Jim Palmer that both men jokingly played to whenever they were together.
Nicknamed “the Earl of Baltimore,” Weaver was always a fan favorite. He repeatedly returned to Baltimore to take part in a series of statue unveilings at Oriole Park, including one dedicated to him in June.
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Nobody was happier about the Hall of Fame shutout than the Hall of Famers themselves.
Goose Gossage, Al Kaline, Dennis Eckersley and others are in no rush to open the door to Cooperstown for anyone linked to steroids.
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa: Keep `em all out of our club.
”If they let these guys in ever – at any point – it’s a big black eye for the Hall and for baseball,” Gossage said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. ”It’s like telling our kids you can cheat, you can do whatever you want, and it’s not going to matter.”
For only the second time in 42 years, baseball writers failed to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, sending a firm signal that stars of the Steroids Era will be held to a different standard.
All the awards and accomplishments collected over storied careers by Bonds, Clemens and Sosa – all eligible for the first time – could not offset suspicions those exploits were artificially boosted by performance-enhancing drugs.
”I’m kind of glad that nobody got in this year,” Kaline said. ”I feel honored to be in the Hall of Fame. And I would’ve felt a little uneasy sitting up there on the stage, listening to some of these new guys talk about how great they were.”
Gossage went even further.
Sidenote – Craig Biggio should have went in. He was a clean-cut player known for his charity work in the community.
Us sports nerds really miss you…………………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Common sense. Most UK fans didn’t even go to UK. Dumbass.”
Me – No shit. Thanks for the math lesson. Since there are 4 million people in Kentucky, I would hope not. That would be simply amazing that all 4 million people living in Kentucky went there.
“UK is only good in basketball. UofL is better in more sports.”
Me- According to the Cup standings,http://www.nacda.com/directorscup/nacda-directorscup-current-scoring.html, you are wrong.
“U of L fans are loyal. We follow every sport.”
Me – Really? When Steve Kragthorpe was coach, you could only pack 23,000 into a 47,00 stadium. Stop with the lying!
“UK is scared to leave the Big East because of how great our conference is.”
Me – Is this a serious comment? In the last five-year span or 25 year-span, the SEC has more basketball National Championships than the Big East. UK has won 3 to U of L’s 0. I rest my case.
Females, dress like tramps. Nothing shows “school spirit” more than looking like a $5 whore.
Dress your baby up. Nothing says “child abuse” more than this!
Buy plenty of beer. Nothing says “diehard fan” more than being drunk and not recalling half of the game,
Dress your poor dog (or cat) up in your favorite team’s uniform. Of course they are fans too when they aren’t busy licking their own nut-sack.
2 – 1989 Fleer Complete Sets (Both Still Have Factory Seals). Both sets includes Griffey Jr. and Biggio’s rookies.
1 – 1986 Fleer Complete Set that has Barry Bonds’ rookie card.
1 – 1988 Fleer Complete Set which includes Tom Glavine, Tom Caminiti and Mark Grace’s rookies.
1 – 1987 Topps Complete Set (has box damage) that has Bonds and Bo Jackson’s rookie.
1 – 1987 Fleer Complete Set that has Griffey, Biggio and John Smoltz’s rookies.
2 – 1990 Fleer Complete Set
1 – 1990 Fleer Updated Set that has Frank Thomas’ rookie card.
1 – 1989 Upper Deck Complete Set. The Set is not sealed but all the cards are there in excellent shape. This Set includes Griffey’s most expensive rookie card as well as Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio’s rookies.
2 – 1990 Upper Deck Complete Set which includes Sammy Sosa’s rookie.
1 – 1989 Topps Set.
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Kinda looks like she doesn’t shave, ruin my dreams for later, lol.
I’ve never been to a NCAA Tournament game before. My dad, who’s 79, has also never been to one. We are both UK fans so I bought tickets for us to attend the games played here at the Yum! Center. I was lucky enough to find a UK fan selling tickets for only $20 above face value. I have tickets for all three sessions and looking to enjoy the rest of my vacation watching live basketball.
Before I came across the UK fan, I tried Craigslist. Most people that wrote me back were Louisville fans that had bought tickets up in hopes of reselling them 30-60% higher than face value. At first I didn’t pay much attention to this. After buying the tickets I bought, it finally hit me. What a loser fan-base! What fan- base buys tickets of their arch-rival?
Let me get this straight, Louisville fans would rather spend hundreds of dollars buying their in-state rival tickets to make a quick buck? Wouldn’t a real fan base be buying tickets to watch their team in the NCAA Tournament? I can’t picture UNC fans buying up tickets so Duke fans couldn’t get them for face value. UNC fans would be paying for hotels and travel expenses to watch their Tar Heels play. Louisville fans are that worthless. Not a shock. This is a fan base that during the Big East Tournament showed up in small numbers. When they played Seton Hall, I believe I could hear crickets in the background due to the lack of fans.
This alone proves how disloyal Louisville fans truly are. They would rather make a quick buck because they know their team is “average” at best. Instead of supporting their team, they steal tickets at face value from UK fans, which are the most loyal fan-base in the Nation. Every time I think Louisville fans can’t sink any lower, they prove me wrong. I’m not even sure why they call themselves fans.
Louisville fans are what they are – fair-weather losers. I used to believe that the UK-UofL rivalry was much better than that of Duke-UNC. Nope, our rivalry sucks when compared to theirs. Duke and UNC both have very loyal fan-bases. UK has a loyal fan-base while UofL’s fan-base is a complete joke. No fan-base besides theirs would waste their hard earned cash buying tickets up from other more loyal fan-bases. That my friends, is the Louisville Cardinals way.