Stan Musial

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - If you don’t know who Joe Edwards is, you probably haven’t lived in St. Louis for long. Owner of Blueberry Hill; friend of Chuck Berry; driving force behind local standbys like the Pageant, the Pin-Up Bowl, the Flamingo Bowl and the Moonrise Hotel (all of which make him unofficial mayor of the Delmar Loop); connoisseur of Hawaiian shirts: These things help describe Joe Edwards.

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Hundreds of bidders, most presumably St. Louis Cardinals fans, now own a piece of Stan Musial memorabilia after an online auction of his possessions.

Officials with Heritage Auctions of Dallas said Monday that winning bids for the month-long auction totaled $1.2 million, far more than expected. The auction ended Saturday.

Items ranged from game-worn jerseys to World Series rings to Musial's legendary harmonicas.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Welcome to St. Louis, Red Sox fans.

Since this will be the first visit to Busch Stadium for many of you, here’s a brief guide to finding your way around baseball heaven.

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On Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn paid a visit to the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in East St. Louis.

Quinn said the bridge will reduce congestion and pollution and praised the jobs the project has created. He also hopes the project nurtures a positive relationship between Missouri and Illinois.

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President Barack Obama has signed legislation designating the new Interstate 70 bridge connecting St. Louis and southwestern Illinois over the Mississippi River as the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge."

The name is a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to honor the late St. Louis Cardinals great and Illinois lawmakers who wanted to name the bridge in honor of military veterans.

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Missouri is naming its side of a new Mississippi River span the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge" for the late St. Louis Cardinals great.

But the state might not have the exclusive naming rights. Federal legislation approved by Congress and awaiting action by President Barack Obama names it the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge." That name represents a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to honor Musial and Illinois lawmakers who wanted to honor military veterans.

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Cardinals fans know that there was only one "Stan The Man" Musial. But, an opportunity to get close to living like the legendary baseball player has come on the market.

The Ladue home of Stan Musial is up for sale, Realtor.com says. Musial died in January and his wife, Lil, died in May 2012

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Baseball-mad St. Louis is welcoming the Cardinals for the first home game of the year.

After starting the season with six road games, the Cardinals host the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon.

The usually festive occasion in St. Louis is a little melancholy this season. Monday's game is the first Cardinals home game since the death of Stan Musial.

The Hall of Famer died in January at age 92. His absence was notable before the game as the team's other members of the Hall of Fame circled the Busch Stadium warning track in Mustangs.

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The St. Louis Cardinals will wear a patch on their left sleeve this season to honor the memory of Stan Musial.

The Hall of Famer widely considered the greatest Cardinal player ever died in January. To honor his memory, the Cardinals will debut the patch in the season opener Sunday at Arizona.

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A national-level effort to name the new Mississippi River Bridge after late St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial is one step closer to law.

U.S. Senators passed the legislation unanimously on Tuesday and mirrors several state-level initiatives

The Senate measure will now move on to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would name the new Mississippi River Bridge under construction in St. Louis after Cardinals’ legend Stan Musial.

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Legendary St. Louis Cardinal Stan Musial was remembered for both his Hall of Fame career and deep connection to the city during a funeral mass on Saturday.

An at times emotional Bob Costas said Stan the Man was a brilliant baseball player, to be sure.  But, Costas said, that’s only part of his legacy.

“Our greatest ballplayer, sure, but also our friend, our neighbor, and that is why the bond between this player and this city is unique and lasting,” Costas Said. 

Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tenn. said Musial was a rare mix of skill and humility.

Fans Pay Last Respects To 'Stan The Man' Musial

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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. 

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Cardinal Nation will have one last chance Thursday to say goodbye to "Stan the Man."

The visitation for Musial, who died Saturday at the age of 92, will be Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica at 4431 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End. Here are the details:

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has sent a letter to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) asking him to join in the effort to name the under-construction Mississippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis after Stan Musial.  A section of the letter reads:

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Funeral arrangements are set for Cardinals great Stan Musial.

A public visitation will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral Mass will be Saturday at 11 a.m., also at the Basilica. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is expected to help officiate.

Following the Mass, the funeral procession will travel to Busch Stadium where the family will lay a wreath at the base of the Musial statue. Burial will be private.

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On Sunday morning fans gathered at Busch Stadium to remember St. Louis Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Stan Musial, who died at the age of 92 last night.  

Below is audio of what some of them had to say. 

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St. Louis Symphony Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin returned to St. Louis this week to conduct the orchestra he led for 17 years.  Slatkin was Robert Peterson's guest during the intermission of St. Louis Public Radio's live broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony concert on Saturday, January 19.  During the conversation, Slatkin commented on building audience for the St. Louis Symphony to make it as well known as the St.

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This story will have ongoing updates, the latest was made at 8:22 am on Monday, Jan. 21 

Stan Musial, one of baseball's greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades, has died. He was 92.

Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s. 

 

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The wife of one of St. Louis' most treasured sports icons has died.

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Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett says he'll sign a bill that would rename a bridge in the southwest part of the state for Stan Musial.

The bridge carries State  Route 1077 over the Monongahela River between Monessen and Musial's hometown of Donora, all about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

The measure's sponsor says the bridge will "serve as a permanent reminder that, despite humble beginnings, hard work can lead to great accomplishments."

Updated at 1:32 p.m. Feb. 15, 2011 with post-ceremony comments

Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today in Washington.

The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and first baseman received the medal from President Barack Obama today in a ceremony at the White House.

"This is the top honor that I'm ever going to receive," Musial told the St. Louis Beacon in his hotel room before the ceremony.