(BaseballStL) -- Baseball’s perfect knight has passed away. Stan “The Man” Musial, the most-loved and respected Cardinal player in team history, died at his home Saturday afternoon.
“We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family,” William DeWitt Jr. stated in a press release. “Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.”
Musial died peacefully from natural causes at his home in Ladue around 5:45 p.m., according to the Cardinals release.
“The entire Cardinals organization extends its sincere condolences to Stan’s family, including his children Richard, Gerry, Janet and Jean, as well as his eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren,” DeWitt stated. “We join fans everywhere in mourning the loss of our dear friend and reflect on how fortunate we all are to have known ‘Stan the Man’.”
Musial, 92, played his entire 22-year career (1941-1963) with the Cardinals en route to being a first ballot Hall of Fame selection in 1969.
At his retirement ceremony in 1963, Musial was called “baseball’s perfect warrior, baseball’s perfect knight” by Commissioner Ford C. Frick.
Musial became a Cardinals’ vice president at the end of his playing career, and he served in that role for more than 25 years. In 1967, Stan was general manager of the Cardinals team that defeated the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series.
In 2011, Musial received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony. The award is considered the highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. government.
“Stan remains to this day an icon untarnished, a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman you’d want your kids to emulate,” said President Obama.
The Cardinals have set up a memorial site around Musial's statue at Busch Stadium. The team has also set up a web page (www.cardinals.com/stan) to pay tribute to Stan and allow fans to offer condolences to the family.
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