Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.
On the Passing of Stan Musial
posted by Ed Farber on January 21, 2013

The recent passing of Stan Musial and the outpouring of sentiment by St. Louisans, young and old, reminded me that here was a superstar who made it to the very top without the use of drugs, sensationalism, ego-padding, or notoriety. He did it on the basis of his exceptional talent as a baseball player and being a genuinely good and humble person. He was tagged Stan “The Man” and he was a man in the best sense of the word. There is a Yiddish word for man that really means “a fine gentleman.” That word is mensch. My grandfather called him, Stan, the Mensch!

I remember going to old Sportsman’s Park to see Stan and the Cardinals. As a poor kid, we could get in free with a Knot-Hole Gang pass that allowed us to sit in a section far down the third base line next to the bleechers. As a youngster of 12 or so, I would take the streetcar, accompanied by my pals, and head for the ballpark at Grand and Dodier.

Times were different then and so was baseball—more of a sport than a billion dollar business.

One of the many stories about Stan that ran in the local newspaper was one that talked about Stan asking to have his salary reduced  because he had a bad year (for him.) Can you imagine any baseball player today doing that? In contrast to Albert Pujols who left the Cardinals for the highest bidder!


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