A pair of baseball hall of famers passed away this weekend.
Late Saturday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that Stan “The Man” Musial had died at the age of 92.
If you have a moment, take a look at Musial’s career numbers. They’re mindblowing.
Musial finished his career with 3,630 hits…and get this…he had 1,815 at home and 1,815 one the road. He drove in 1,951 runs and scored 1,949. He had a career .331 average, won seven National League batting titles and three NL MVPs. He finished second in NL MVP voting four times, including three straight years from 1949-51. The 20-time All-Star never played fewer than 115 games in a season after his full-time debut in 1942. He missed the 1945 season, his age-24 campaign, serving in the U.S. Navy.
In the minor leagues, Musial was used as a pitcher. In fact, as a 19-year-old, he went 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA in 223 innings at Class-D Daytona Beach. There was a reason Musial didn’t stick as a pitcher. He allowed 145 walks and 43 unearned runs that year.
Despite all of those accolades, Musial was named on just 317 of the 340 ballots cast in the hall of fame voting in 1969. If Musial wasn’t an unanimous case, than who is?
The other baseball death of note this weekend was that of former Baltimore Orioles skipper Earl Weaver, who died at age 82.
Weaver was also a hall of famer, having gone 1,480 and 1,060 in his 17 years as Orioles’ manager. His teams won AL pennants four times and won the World Series in 1970.
Weaver played 14 seasons in the minor leagues from 1948 to 1965, a .267 hitter with 38 home runs in 4,935 minor league at-bats. He managed the Elmira Pioneers from 1962 to 1965 and then the Rochester Red Wings in 1966 and 1967 before taking over in Baltimore.
Weaver, of course, is remembered most for his fiery personality, especially in his dealings with umpires. Beware, but the language in the video below is very colorful, if you know what I mean. Still, it gives you a good sense of what Weaver was like.
To bring this full circle, Weaver was ejected 94 times during his career, including being thrown out of both games of a doubleheader on three separate occasions.
Musial, on the other hand? He was never ejected from a game, not once.
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