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Stan The Man to be honored

October 5, 2007

“Stan the Man” Musial To Be Fêted

For Service To Country & Community

Legendary St. Louis Cardinal and WWII Navy Vet to Receive Coveted

“Lone Sailor” Award at October 29th Dinner

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a tribute to his service in the uniform of his country and in recognition of his service to his community, Stan Musial has been chosen for recognition at the upcoming “Lone Sailor” Awards Dinner on Monday, October 29. Hosted by the United States Navy Memorial, the black tie gala will also honor three other celebrated veterans whose service includes duty in the Navy during WWII and duty in the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict: Tom Benson, Morgan L. Fitch, Jr., and The Honorable John Warner (R-Va). This year’s event will take place at The Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.


The Lone Sailor Award is given to Sea Service veterans who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers while exemplifying the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. In receiving the Lone Sailor Award, Mr. Benson, Mr. Fitch, Mr. Musial and Senator Warner will join an impressive list of men and women who have distinguished themselves by drawing upon their military experience to become great assets to their communities.

Stan Musial, nicknamed “Stan the Man,” played 22 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941 to 1963 with a career batting average of .331. He played in a record number of all-star games (22) by the end of his career. He was Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year in 1957. In 1963, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked him number ten on the list of the all-time 100 Greatest Baseball Players. He served in the Navy during WWII from 1945 to 1946, missing the 1945 season to serve as a seaman. He has been a strong personal supporter of many St. Louis charities.

Mr. Musial noted: “There’s a lot more to being a successful athlete than going to training camp and practicing your game. I wore the Navy uniform proudly in World War II and was honored to serve my country. I am also deeply grateful for the lessons of teamwork, integrity and dedication to mission that have served me throughout my career and my life. I have had the good fortune to receive many awards through the years, but this is truly a standout. Thank you.”

For more information on the U.S. Navy Memorial’s Lone Sailor Awards Dinner, or for a list of award recipients, go to the Navy Memorial’s web site at

I recieved this news in an email so i thought i should share it with cardinal nation.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2007 9:19 pm

    Always good to see the Man honored.

    However, Stan had a .331 career average, not .311 (I realize this wasn’t your mistake, but figured I’d point it out for your other readers).

  2. October 6, 2007 3:22 am

    thanks for noticing, i just corrected that.

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