This day in baseball: Musial named NL MVP

On December 2, 1948, Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial was named the National League Most Valuable Player.  Musial led the NL with a .376 batting average and 131 RBIs.  He narrowly missed the Triple Crown, however, as his 39 home runs were one less than the totals by Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner.


Quote of the day

Every day you put this jersey on, it’s a privilege.

~Stan Musial


Stan Musial’s statue outside of Busch Stadium (Wikimedia Commons)

This day in baseball: Musial’s 1958 contract

Stan Musial became the first player signed to a six-figure contract in National League history on January 29, 1958 when he signed a $100,000 deal with the Cardinals.  Musial had been willing to accept less, in spite of winning his seventh batting title by hitting .351 in 1957.  The Cardinals, however, felt that he deserved the contract, which represented Musial’s first raise in seven years.


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This day in baseball

On November 27, 1953,  Roy Campanella was named the National League’s MVP for the second time.  He finished the 1953 season with a .312 batting average, 41 home runs, and 142 RBIs. The Dodger catcher had also earned the award in 1951 and went on to win the honor again in 1955, joining Stan Musial as the NL’s second three-time recipient of the award.


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This day in baseball: A short, but sweet, tenure

Four years after his last game played on the field, Stan Musial accepted the position of general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on January 23, 1967.  He became the first GM to win the World Series in his first season in the position, but then proceeded to quit the job after only ten months.

Stan Musial's statue outside of Busch Stadium (Wikimedia Commons)

Stan Musial’s statue outside of Busch Stadium (Wikimedia Commons)