Stan Musial is one of the greatest hitters ever to grace the game of baseball. The lifelong Cardinal, three-time National League MVP and 24-time All-Star was a model of consistency, dominating the league in each of the “slash line” statistics – batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage – throughout his career. Musial won seven NL batting titles, finishing in the top ten a total of 17 times, and led the Senior Circuit in on-base percentage and slugging six times each, finishing, top five in OBP 17 times total and top five in slugging 13 times.
On this date in 1961, Musial leaped past Lou Gehrig to become second all-time behind Babe Ruth. Musial would ultimately pass Ruth on the list before the end of his career, later being bypassed himself by Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.
Mick Gillispie told the story of Stan the Man’s big day at Busch Stadium during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Chattanooga Lookouts on Monday.