Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|How many times in Musial's great 22-season career, was he in the top 10 for MVP voting?||The Great Stan Musial
14. Stan won three MVPs in 1943, 1946, and 1948. Amongst all his top-10 voting, he was runner-up in three consecutive seasons from 1949-1951, losing to Jackie Robinson, Jim Konstanty, and Roy Campanella.
Johnny Podres. Stan's final season was in 1963, and the others listed were all 1963 Cardinal pitchers. It was September 16, 1963, when Musial hit his seventh inning home run off Podres. It was the Cardinals' only run of the game as the Dodgers won, 3-1. Podres was the first recepient of the World Series MVP award in 1955.
|Musial was born in the city of Donora along with Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. What state was he born in?||The Great Stan Musial
Pennsylvania. Like California, Pennsylvania has also produced quite a few Major League greats. They include Stan Coveleski, Guy Hecker, Hughie Jennings, Bill McKechnie, Mike Piazza, Mike Scioscia, and a host of others.
6. Musial's number was retired by the Cardinals in 1963, the final season of his career. The Hall of Fame took him in his first year of eligibility in 1969. He was inducted along with Roy Campanella, Stan Coveleski, and Waite Hoyt.
1815 were hit at home, and 1815 were hit on the road. Stan did hit a tremendous amount of extra base hits. 725 doubles, 177 triples, and 475 home runs, totaling 1377 of his 3630 career hits. When he retired in 1963, he was number two in career hits all-time behind Ty Cobb, but both had since been passed by Pete Rose and Hank Aaron.
|Stan helped the Cardinals to four World Series appearances from 1942-1946. The Cardinals won three of them. How many World Series MVP awards did Stan win?||The Great Stan Musial
0. The World Series MVP Award did not begin until 1955. As great as Stan was in his career, he did not pull his weight in World Series action, batting over .300 only once, and hitting only one home run.
7. Musial was the fourth player in history to win seven batting titles. The others being Ty Cobb (11), Rogers Hornsby (7), and Honus Wagner (7). Stan's titles came in 1943-.357, 1946-.365, 1948-.376, 1950-.346, 1951-.355, 1952-.336, and 1957-.351. His career high was .376 in 1948.
|How many seasons did Musial wear the Cardinals uniform, before he won the NL MVP award?||The Great Stan Musial
3. In only his third season in 1943, he won the award over teammate Walker Cooper and Bill Nicholson of the Cubs. Stan hit 20 home runs, batted .357, and had 220 hits. He helped the Cardinals get to their second consecutive World Series in 1943.
|Stan played his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals for 22 seasons. In which year was his first?||The Great Stan Musial
1941. His first season was in 1941, but he did not play enough for official rookie status. Had the Rookie of the Year award existed in 1942, Stan certainly would have been a contender with his 10 home runs, .315 average, and 147 hits. The Rookie of the Year award began in 1947.
Three. The MVP award as we know it today was instituted in 1931 by the Baseball Writers of America, whose votes determine the recipient. Stan won the award in 1943, 1946 and 1948.
22. Stan came up from the minor leagues in the latter part of the 1941 season and played through the 1963 season, missing only the 1945 season when he served in the Navy.
single. Stan actually had two singles in three at bats in the last game of his career, played on September 29, 1963. Announcing for the Cardinals at the time, the legendary Harry Caray said as Stan walked off the field: "Take a good look folks. We will never see his like again."
harmonica. Stan was a good harmonica player and up to the last few years of his life when his health began to deterioratr he always carried it with him and would play it at public appearances. He sometimes even played the National Anthem before baseball games.
1963. Ironically the Cardinals won the National League pennant and World Series in 1964, the year after Stan's retirement. Stan played on three Cardinal World Series teams in the 40s --1942, 1944 and 1946-- but the Cardinals failed to make the post-season in the 50s.
Pitcher. Stan signed his first contract as a pitcher (his first MLB game was in September 1941), but his minor league pitching career was mediocre and it wasn't long before everyone noticed how well he could hit. After a shoulder injury he gave up pitching altogether.
He had an equal number of hits at home and on the road.. Stan is lauded by sportswriters and fans as one of the greatest pure hitters of all time. The fact that he achieved his hit total in such a balanced fashion at home and on the road speaks volumes to that assessment.
Pennsylvania. Born in Donora Pennsylvania in 1920, Stan was the son of Polish-American parents. His birth name was Stanislaus Francis Musial. Eventually that was shortened to Stanley Frank.
6. Stan passed away on January 19th, 2013. On that same night the St. Louis Blues hockey team opened their strike shortened NHL season and in an interesting coincidence won that game 6-0, shutting out the Detroit Red Wings. Fans and media alike were quick to note the significance of that number six on the night of Stan's passing.