Rarely does a player’s image relate so much to the team and city he played in. Very few teams are fortunate enough to have that player who played his whole career in one city and continued to spread goodwill for the team when his career was over. It’s getting exceedingly rare with the current economic structure of baseball to have a player play his entire career solely for one team, so when it happens teams and fans have to appreciate what they have.
There’s no other player who embodies the role of former player turned team ambassador than Stan Musial.
Stan the Man was a 24-time All Star for the Cardinals from 1941 to 1963*. He’s considered one of the greatest players of all time, and he has my vote for greatest left fielder ever. He put up incredible offensive numbers during a time in which pitchers dominated. He ranks in the top 10 in most of the career offensive statistics. Continue reading