Stan Musial, one of baseball's greatest hitters, and Earl Weaver, a Hall of Fame manager, both passed away over the weekend.

Musial, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals for 22 seasons, was 92.

Weaver died on a Caribbean cruise associated with the Baltimore Orioles, his marketing agent said. He was 82.

Musial was so revered in St. Louis that he has two statues outside Busch Stadium -- one just wouldn't do him justice.

Stan The Man, with the corkscrew batting stance, had too many records to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque. He won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series titles in the 1940s.

The Cardinals announced Musial's death in a news release. They said he died Saturday evening at his home in Ladue, Mo., surrounded by family.

Lillian Musial, his wife of more than 70 years, had died last May 4.

"We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family," team chairman William DeWitt Jr. said. "Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball."

Musial spent his entire career with the Cardinals and made the All-Star team 24 times -- baseball held two All-Star games each summer for a few seasons.

A pitcher in the low minor leagues until he injured his arm, Musial turned to playing the outfield and first base. It was a stroke of luck for him, as he went on to hit .331 with 475 home runs before retiring in 1963.


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Musial's public appearances dwindled in recent years, though he took part in the pregame festivities at Busch during the 2011 postseason as the Cardinals won the World Series.

And he was at the White House in February 2011 when President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor for contributions to society.

At the ceremony, President Obama said: "Stan remains to this day an icon untarnished, a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman you'd want your kids to emulate."

In all, Musial held 55 records when he retired in 1963.

He played nearly until 43rd birthday. He got a hit with his final swing, sending an RBI single past Cincinnati's rookie second baseman -- that was Pete Rose, who would break Musial's league hit record of 3,630 some 18 years later.

Of those hits, Musial got exactly 1,815 at home and exactly 1,815 on the road. He also finished with 1,951 RBIs.

The only year Musial missed with the Cardinals was 1945, when he was in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

In 1958, he reached the 3,000-hit level and became the N.L.'s first $100,000-a-year player.

Stanley Frank Musial was born in Donora, Pa., on Nov. 21, 1920.

  • Dick Gordon said Weaver's wife, Marianna, told him Weaver went back to his cabin after dinner and began choking Friday night. Gordon said a cause of death has not been determined.

    "Earl was such a big part of Orioles baseball and personally he was a very important part of my life and career and a great friend to our family," Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. said. "Earl will be missed, but he can't and won't be forgotten."

    Weaver was a salty-tongued manager who was ejected 91 times, including once in both games of a doubleheader.

    He took the Orioles to the World Series four times over 17 seasons but won only one title, in 1970.

    He finished with a 1,480-1,060 record and won Manager of the Year three times.