NBC’s Bob Costas delivered the emotional eulogy for Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial, who passed away at 92.
Musial played for the Cardinals from 1941 to 1963. That’s right — he played for the same team for 22 years.
In fact, Musial was so revered in St. Louis, that two statues of him stand outside Busch Stadium.
He was considered one of the greatest hitters of all time (3,630 hits).
He had 475 home runs.
He was a three-time National League Most Valuable Player.
He won seven NL batting titles.
He won three World Series titles in the 1940s.
He was an MLB All-Star selection for 24 years — a tie with Willie Mays. (Major League Baseball held two All-Star games each summer for a few seasons.)
All of those stats don’t even come close to telling the story of Stan Musial.
“What was the hook with Stan Musial other than the distinctive stance and the role of one of baseball’s best hitters?” Costas said. “It seems that all Stan had going for him was more than two decades of sustained excellence as a ballplayer and more than nine decades as a thoroughly decent human being.”