(BaseballSTL) – The St. Louis Cardinals will wear a patch on the sleeve of their uniform to honor the life of Stan Musial during the 2013 season.
The patch is unusual for one honoring a deceased icon: There is no black, a nod to Musial’s always-sunny disposition. It features a red border and Musial’s number 6, in red, with his signature through the number. The background of the patch is the color of the jersey—gray for road games, white for home, and cream-colored when the Cardinals wear their new alternate jersey.
The team has also scheduled a tribute to Musial during a promotion at an early-season game. On April 12 against the Milwaukee Brewers, fans 16 and older will get a Stan Musial harmonica.
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.