Stanley “Stan” (The Man) Musial played his entire career (22 years, 1941-’63) as a first baseman and outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals and was, arguably, the best “pure” hitter in the Major Leagues. (I always thought Ted Williams was a better hitter). Stan also was my Dad’s favorite player. This three-time National League MVP, (1943,’46 and ’48) spent 1945 with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon his return in 1946, he helped St. Louis to a World Series title, his third with the Cardinals. Musial amassed a career total of 475 home runs and a total of 3,630 hits. He was named to the N.L. All-Star team 20 times. Stan The Man was a 7-time N.L. Batting Champion and a 1969 inductee into baseball’s Hall Of Fame, his first year of eligibility. He was voted to the Major League’s All-Century Team in 1999. After his playing days, he continued a career in the Restaurant business.