His past year of being 90 was pretty monumental.
The pinnacle, of course, was receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Feb. 15. There were so many tributes written to Stan the Man that day (we had one as well) and we rejoiced in watching him receive such an honor.
Stan also was at some pretty big Cardinals games this season. Opening Day, of course — and his presence just added to the already electric atmosphere of the day. (Need a pick-me-up? Check out this video … and then just dream about how wonderful Opening Day 2012 is going to be.)
Stan also was with his fellow Hall of Famers on the field before Game Three of the NLCS. And, of course, he was back before Game Six of the World Series. Maybe his presence provided the little bit of magic that turned the game into one none of us will ever forget.
Those games when Stan the Man is at the ballpark are always so special — definite must-see, spine-tingling moments.
These words from Bob Costas, from Bernie Miklasz’s column about Stan on Feb. 15, provide the perfect birthday tribute to Stan the Man:
“There’s no perfect human being, but I have not come across anyone in sports who was closer to the image, in reality, than Stan Musial is. Who has ever emanated more decency than Stan Musial does? If you saw him play, you could always feel good about cheering him. And if you didn’t see him play, you can still feel good about admiring him to this day.”
Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email email@example.com. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.