Known as “Stan the Man,” no last name was necessary.
Stanley Frank Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals star who was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, died Saturday. He was 92.
“I never heard anybody say a bad word about him — ever,” Willie Mays said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame.
One election season, Musial hit the campaign trail for John F. Kennedy. He’s pictured here with his wife and daughter at the White House i 1962.
According to George Vecsey’s 2011 biography, “Stan Musial: An American Life,” the St. Louis Cardinals slugger spent part of the fall of 1960 on a celebrity speaking tour for Sen. John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. The goal was to deploy some well-known Americans in areas where the youthful Catholic presidential candidate might still be considered exotic or even alien, an effort to help JFK establish credibility through association.