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 Post subject: Earl Weaver & Stan Musial Passed Away
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:45 pm 
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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/earl-weave ... 25z;_ylv=3

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 Post subject: Re: Earl Weaver Passed Away
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:27 pm 
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Damn.

Other than Chuck T, he was my first favorite manager....


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 Post subject: Re: Earl Weaver Passed Away
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:53 pm 
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val wrote:
Damn.

Other than Chuck T, he was my first favorite manager....


My favorite baseball manager was Danny Murtaugh.

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 Post subject: Re: Earl Weaver Passed Away
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:10 pm 
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Damn.... this is a sucky day. Stan Musial has passed away at 92.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/88606 ... ies-age-92

Musial is far and away my favorite player who I never saw play.

A couple of great quotes:

Preacher Roe (on how to pitch Musial): “I throw him four wide ones and try to pick him off first base.”

Carl Erskine (on how to pitch Musial): “I’ve had pretty good success with Stan by throwing him my best pitch and backing up third.”

How good was Stan Musial?

Major League Records Held (Through 2010)

Total bases - left handed batter: 6134
Home runs - All Star Game: 6
Home runs - doubleheader: 5 (tied)
Walk-off home runs: 12 (tied)
Major League seasons to lead the league in doubles: 8 (tied)
Most seasons to lead majors in extra base hits: 7 (tied)
All time highest composite ranking for MLB's 13 hitting categories
All time Season League Leader in Different Offensive Categories: 16
Most consecutive seasons with batting average .300+: 16 (3.1 PA)
Most seasons with batting average .300+: 17 (tied)
Most consecutive seasons to slug .500+: 15 (3.1 PA)
Most 5 hit games in a season: 4 (tied)
Most season with 300 or more total bases: 13 (tied)
Most consecutive seasons to strike out 40 or fewer times: 16 (3.1 PA)
Most seasons to lead league in runs created: 9 (tied)
Most consecutive seasons to lead league in in runs created: 6
Most consecutive seasons to lead majors in runs created: 4
Most consecutive seasons to record 30+ doubles: 16
Most consecutive seasons to record double digit doubles: 21 (tied)
Most consecutive seasons to record double digit triples and home runs: 7 (tied)
Most seasons to record .300+ BA / .400+ OBP / .500+ SLG: 14 (3.1 PA)
All time highest fielding percentage - 2500+ games in the field: .989

Milestones
First player to record 300 HR / 3000 Hits
First player to record 300 HR / 3000 Hits / .300 BA
First player to accumulate 6000 total bases
First player to record double digit home runs for over 20 consecutive seasons
First player to record double digit doubles for over 20 consecutive seasons
First player to play 100+ games for over 20 consecutive seasons
First player to play 1000+ games in both the infield and outfield
First player to play a minimum of 10% of career games at 4 different positions.
Sixth player to record 400 home runs - Musial is the only 400 Home Run Club member to:
> Win 7 or more batting titles
> Record more than 700 doubles
> Record more than 170 triples
> Strike out fewer than 700 times (excludes active players)
Only player to be awarded 3 (or more) MVP's each while playing at one of three different fielding postions
Only player to record .300+ batting average in first 16 seasons in majors (3.1 PA)
Only player to record 20 or more triples and 50 or more doubles in the same season
Only player in last 75 years to record over 425 total bases in a season
Only player in last 80 years to hit .300+ for more than 16 seasons (3.1 PA)
Only player in last 65 years to record more than 170 triples
Highest career SLG (.559) and OPS (.976) for members of 3000 Hit Club
Oldest player to hit a home run in 4 consecutive at-bats

And my all time favorite stat: 1815 hits on the road, 1815 hits at home


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 Post subject: Re: Earl Weaver & Stan Musial Passed Away
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:55 pm 
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I might have told this story before, but Stan Musial and my grandfather, who passed away about 6 years ago, were high school rivals - Musial at Donora, my pap at Charleroi. They both went head-to-head in many sports. They were both offered contracts by the Cardinals the same week. Musial said yes and of course we know what happened to him. My pap said no because he wanted to pursue his first love - art. It was a good decision as he went on to be very successful and one of Pittsburgh's most respected artists. In fact, he did several portraits including one of the Great One that still hangs in the Clemente house in Puerto Rico. Before he passed, he was still in contact with Musial, talking on the phone a couple times a year. Sad day for baseball.

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 Post subject: Re: Earl Weaver & Stan Musial Passed Away
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Too young to fully appreciate either, but Musial's accomplishments speak for themselves.

Surely these two are now grazing the great corn field to play a role in the never-ending game.

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 Post subject: Re: Earl Weaver & Stan Musial Passed Away
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 Post subject: Re: Earl Weaver & Stan Musial Passed Away
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Stan the Man....not a more fitting nick name... 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Earl Weaver & Stan Musial Passed Away
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And married to the same woman for 70 years... I tip my cap.


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 Post subject: Re: Earl Weaver & Stan Musial Passed Away
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bucco boy wrote:
I might have told this story before, but Stan Musial and my grandfather, who passed away about 6 years ago, were high school rivals - Musial at Donora, my pap at Charleroi. They both went head-to-head in many sports. They were both offered contracts by the Cardinals the same week. Musial said yes and of course we know what happened to him. My pap said no because he wanted to pursue his first love - art. It was a good decision as he went on to be very successful and one of Pittsburgh's most respected artists. In fact, he did several portraits including one of the Great One that still hangs in the Clemente house in Puerto Rico. Before he passed, he was still in contact with Musial, talking on the phone a couple times a year. Sad day for baseball.



Wow, that's a pretty neat story.

I've read that Musial was a pitcher at first and only became a full-time hitter after hurting his arm playing some spot-outfield in the minors.

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