January 19, 2013 8:00 PM by Billy Heywood
January 19, 2013- Its a very sad day for baseball, learning that Earl Weaver, the legendary coach of the Baltimore Orioles in the 60s, 70s, & 80s passed away this morning and Stan “the man” Musial passed away this evening.
Earl Weaver was the legendary manager that lead the Baltimore Orioles to the World Series in 1970 as their manager who never believed in small ball. He is famous for saying “pitching, defense, and three run home run,” wins games. He loved to argue with umpires and his outbursts made Lou Pinella look like an Altar Boy. His number 4 jersey number is retired in Baltimore. He was 82 when he passed away.
Fun Fact: He never played in the majors yet was a manager who posted a record of 1480 wins and 1060 losses.
Stan “The Man” Musial was Mr. Cardinal. He was the face of the franchise long after his playing days. He was looked at as the man of St. Louis and rightfully so. No man played harder, had a cleaner image, and loved the game more than Mr. Musial. He played 22 seasons and shares the record for most All Star game appearances with Willie Mays at 24 games (they played 2 games a summer for a while). He was as great American as he was a hitter, he served in the US Navy during World War II (and the prime of his career).
He was voted into the Hall of Fame on the First Ballot (93.2% of the vote) in 1969. Stan was a 3x World Series Champion (’42,’44.’46), 3x NL MVP (’43,’46,’48), hit 475 Home Runs, had a career batting average of .331, knocked in1951 RBIs, and had 3630 hits.
Fun Fact: He finished his career with 1,815 hits on the road and 1,815 hits at home.
Rest easy Stan and Earl…you will be surrounded by the legends that have left before you.