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Honoring Stan "The Man" Musial

By January 21, 2013

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What people are saying about the death of St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial, who died Saturday at age 92:

"Stan will be remembered in baseball annals as one of the pillars of our game. The mold broke with Stan. There will never be another like him.'' -- Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson

"In his business life, in his family life, he was the perfect man for his adopted home of St. Louis, in that when he ran the restaurant, he not only was a good restaurant man -- he knew the steaks and he knew the menu -- but he was there for people.'' -- Author George Vecsey, who wrote a biography on Musial

"All Musial represents is more than two decades of sustained excellence and complete decency as a human being.'' -- Broadcaster Bob Costas

"For me, one of the best parts of any baseball season was Opening Day when you got to shake his hand and knowing that you're going to be a part of an organization and a team that was his organization." -- Cardinals pitcher Mitchell Boggs

"You see players today that are somewhat stingy with autographs, trying to maintain value or for whatever reason. Stan could care less about the value of his autograph. Whoever wanted, he would give it because he wanted to make them happy." -- Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.

"In this age of betrayal, it is good to know that the hero of my youth was indeed a genuine and good person, not to mention one of baseball's greatest." -- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

"With no disrespect to Cal Ripken and Baltimore, Tony Gwinn and San Diego, Ernie Banks in Chicago, Robin Yount in Milwaukee and George Brett and Kansas City, there has never been a better fit than Musial and St. Louis. His personality was the ideal match. His unpretentious style reflected the St. Louis ethos." -- Bernie Micklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"It was such a sad day, but I am so blessed to have spent time with him the last 12 years. He blessed my life, and many, many lives in baseball during his career, and after his career. He touched so many lives. He means as much as Roberto Clemente does to Latin people. Thank God I had the opportunity to know him." - Former Cardinals star Albert Pujols

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