"Stan Musial embodies all that is good about the game of baseball and what it means to be a St. Louis Cardinal. Stan is a role model for players and fans alike, embodying the qualities of good sportsmanship, self-discipline, hard work, consistency, grace, humility and excellence."
Dear Mr. President:
On behalf of the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals - - our players, coaches and manager, we respectfully request that you award Stan Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
During his playing career, Stan "The Man" Musial compiled a .331 lifetime batting average, with 3,630 hits, 475 home runs, and 1,951 RBIs. Stan is one of only three players to amass over 6,000 total bases in his career (the other two are Hank Aaron and Willie Mays). During his entire career that spanned well over 3,000 games, Stan Musial was never once ejected from a game.
While Stan Musial is clearly one of the greatest players to ever play the game, it is how he has lived his life off the playing field that makes him deserving of America's highest honor.
Stan served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was chairman of President Lyndon Johnson's Presidents' Council on Physical Fitness from 1964 to 1967, and for generations has been involved in numerous charitable and civic efforts, including the USO, Senior Olympics, the Boy Scouts, the Crippled Society of St. Louis, Shelter the Children and many others.
Today, Stan continues to lend his name to worthy causes, such as chairing the effort to raise over $6 Million in capital funds to renovate the Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Stan's tireless commitment to community have made him one of the most beloved players to wear a Cardinals uniform, a friend to many and a hero to all.
It is worthy to note that Stan played his entire 22-year career in a Cardinals uniform. For us, Stan embodies all that is good about the game of baseball and what it means to be a St. Louis Cardinal. Stan is a role model for players and fans alike, embodying the qualities of good sportsmanship, self-discipline, hard work, consistency, grace, humility and excellence.
Mr. President, we respectfully request that you bestow Stan Musial with the Presidential Medal of Freedom to honor his lifetime of achievement and service.
The Manager, Coaches and Players of the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals