Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best in the history of the game. Stan "The Man" played his entire 22-year career as an outfielder and first baseman for the Cardinals. He was selected to 24 All-Star games and is the franchise's career leader in virtually every batting category. As good a ballplayer Stan was, he was an even better man.
Born in Donora, Pennsylvania, Musial was originally signed by the Cardinals as a pitcher, but due to inconsistency and injury he was put in the outfield and ultimately slugged his way into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
A three-time National League Most Valuable Player, Musial's most amazing statistics came from his incredible consistency. He retired in 1963 with 3,630 career hits (most in the National League at the time). Exactly half, 1,815, were hit at home while the other half came on the road. He scored 1,949 runs, drove in 1,951 runs, batted over .300 for 16 straight seasons and captured seven National League batting titles.
Musial's uniform number (6) was retired in 1963 at the end of his playing career-one in which he was never thrown out of a game for arguing a call. Baseball Commissioner Ford C. Frick may have summed up Musial the best when he said the following words, which now adorn a statue of "The Man" outside Busch Stadium: "Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight."