Fans Pay Last Respects To 'Stan The Man' Musial
Updated at 7:50 a.m with details about Stan Musial's funeral
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has released further details on Stan Musial's funeral, which will take place tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
The funeral is to be held at the Cathedral Basillica of St. Louis, located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and long time friend of the Musial family, will join Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert J. Carlson, in presiding over the Mass.
Lindell Boulevard will be closed between Taylor and Newstead following the regularly scheduled 8 a.m. Mass. Visitors are asked to enter through the main entrance on Lindell and that no photos or video be taken inside the Cathedral.
Following the conclusion of the ceremony, there will be a procession to Busch Stadium where the family will lay a wreath at the feet of the Stan Musial Statue. The procession will then head to a private burial.
From previous story on Thursday, 1-24-13
Fans and admirers of the late Stan Musial are honoring the Hall of Fame Slugger at St. Louis’ Cathedral Basilica on Thursday.
As hundreds and likely thousands filed into Cathedral Basilica, a stream of Cardinals red shone brightly against the cold grey of a St. Louis January.
Evelyn Bourisaw says she’ll always remember Stan Musial as a gentleman, someone who cared about relationships and the city he lived in.
“I’ve always followed him, my dad, that was his favorite player,” remembers Bourisaw. “I have a license plate that says “Cards6” and that’s for Musial. There will ever be another Stan Musial.”
Among the many who turned out to pay their respects was Al Toczylowski from Chesterfield recalled one particular memory of Stan the Man—a double-header against the Giants in 1954.
“I was an usher at the ballpark at that time and he hit five home runs against the New York Giants,” says Toczylowski. “Besides that he hit two long fly balls that were up against the wall so he came very close to having seven home runs that day.”
In a show of bi-state respect, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has asked Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to join him in calling for the new Mississippi River bridge under construction at St. Louis to be named after Musial.
An automatic Hall-of-Famer, who was selected to 24 All-Star games will be laid to rest at a private ceremony on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Covenant House- Missouri.
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