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January 24, 2013

Hall remembers two of their own

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His 895 consecutive games played from 1952-57 rank eighth on the all-time list, and Musial was the first player to appear in at least 1,000 games at two different positions (outfielder and first base).

In 2010 Musial was named a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, receiving the medal from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony in 2011.

Idelson said Musial will be remembered in baseball annals as one of the pillars of the game, with his many successes on the diamond, the passion with which he played, and his engaging personality.

“He utilized his trademark corkscrew swing to perfection, torching National League pitching to the tune of seven batting titles and gaudy career numbers. He played so well when the Cardinals visited Ebbets Field, Brooklyn fans dubbed him ‘The Man’, and he was, in every sense. The mold broke with Stan. There will never be another like him,” he said.

The Cardinals announced Musial’s death in a news release and said he died at his home in Ladue, a St. Louis suburb, surrounded by family.

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