In celebration of what would have been Stan Musial’s 94th birthday today, several friends and family gathered at the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum for the ribbon-cutting of its first temporary exhibit, Stan Musial: “The Man” Off the Field.
The exhibit, which will be on display until November of next year, focuses on the life and contributions of Stan “The Man” off the baseball diamond.
“Fans won’t want to miss this exciting exhibit that shares Stan’s amazing and uniquely American story,” Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals said. “While Stan was clearly one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, it is who he was off the field that made him one of the most beloved figures in Cardinals history. This exhibit celebrates the man we all loved while offering fans a unique view into his life off the field.”
Featuring artifacts from the Cardinals extensive collection and items on loan from the Musial family and others, the exhibit features his U.S. Navy baseball jersey and cap Musial wore during his military service in 1945, the Boy Scouts of America neckerchief worn by Musial during the ceremony prior to his final game in 1963, and the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit, Poland’s highest civilian honor.
Themes highlighted within the exhibit include Stan’s humble beginnings, his polish heritage, his love of his family, his deep faith, his military service, his interaction with celebrities through the years and his generous devotion to fans young and old.
The special exhibit also features a bat inscribed and autographed to Pope John Paul II on his visit to St. Louis in 1998, Musial’s official Cardinals Hall of Fame red blazer, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States of America.
Admission to the Museum is discounted the entire weekend (November 21 – 23rd), with all tickets being $6 in honor of Stan’s number. The museum is open from 10 AM to 6PM daily during the off season. The special exhibit in the rear gallery is in addition to the permanent display cases devoted to Musial within the Sportsman’s Park gallery of the museum.