JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A campaign to name a new Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis for the late Cardinals great Stan Musial is already gaining momentum.
Musial died Saturday at age 92 and will be laid to rest this week. The career Cardinal and Hall of Famer hit .331 in a 22-season major league career.
The bridge carrying Interstate 70 over the Mississippi between downtown St. Louis and Illinois is scheduled to open in 2014.
Two Missouri state senators introduced identical bills Tuesday to name it the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge. The sponsors are Eric Schmitt and John Lamping, both Republicans from St. Louis County.
Illinois lawmakers would also have to approve the naming legislation.
KMOX Radio has started an online petition to gather signatures and comments from those wanting to name the bridge in Stan's honor. The petition will then be submitted to the offices of both Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri and Pat Quinn of Illinois.
You can find the petition here.