Hall of Famer Dave Windield said in the Hall of Fame release that he will always remember “The Earl of Baltimore” by his challenges to the umpires, his willing his Orioles teams to challenge for league championships, for their defense and then getting the three-run homer, the cigarette smoking at the end of the dugout and most of all his “happy experiences” at the Hall of Fame weekends. He described Weaver as “a gruff old school manager that spoke his mind.”
In the Hall of Fame release, Hall of Famer Yogi Berra said Weaver was a fun guy and a pretty shrewd manager.
“He always said what he thought and try to beat you any way he could. Earl was great for Baltimore, for sure. He was great for baseball,” Berra added.
Almost a century after his retirement, Musial remains the face of the Cardinals’ franchise he helped turn into a dynasty.
A three-time MVP and seven-time national League batting champion, “Stan the Man” as many referred to him, helped the St. Louise Cardinals win three World Series in the 1940s. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1969 on his first appearance on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot. He received 93.2 percent of the vote, and between 1937 and 1969, only two players (Bob Feller and Ted Williams) received a higher percentage of the BBWAA vote.
According to Clark, Musial is a “favorite in Cooperstown, from his harmonica rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ during Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, to the reverence he commanded among other Hall of Fame members and all fans of the game.”
“More than just a baseball hero, Stan was an American icon and we will very much miss him in Cooperstown,” she said.
Musial began his pro baseball career as a left-handed pitcher in 1938 after signing with the Cardinals. In 1940, Musial was 18-5 with Daytona Beach. But while playing the outfield because there was a shortage of players, Musial permanently damaged his left shoulder while diving for a ball.