Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum Special Exhibit Focuses On The Remarkable Life & Many Contributions of “The Man”
ST. LOUIS, November 21, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum opened its first temporary exhibit, Stan Musial: “The Man” Off the Field, today on what would have been Stan Musial’s 94th birthday. The one-of-a-kind exhibit, which will be in place until next November, focuses on the remarkable life and many contributions of Stan Musial off the baseball diamond.
“Fans won’t want to miss this exciting exhibit that shares Stan’s amazing and uniquely American story,” Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals said. “While Stan was clearly one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, it is who he was off the field that made him one of the most beloved figures in Cardinals history. This exhibit celebrates the man we all loved while offering fans a unique view into his life off the field.”
Featuring artifacts from the Cardinals extensive collection and items on loan from the Musial family and others, the exhibit features his U.S. Navy baseball jersey and cap Musial wore during his military service in 1945, the Boy Scouts of America neckerchief worn by Musial during the ceremony prior to his final game in 1963, and the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit, Poland’s highest civilian honor. The exhibit walks fans through an impressive display of objects and stories that underscore “The Man’s” generous contributions to others throughout his life. Themes highlighted within the exhibit include Stan’s humble beginnings, his polish heritage, his love of his family, his deep faith, his military service, his interaction with celebrities through the years and his generous devotion to fans young and old. The special exhibit also features a bat inscribed and autographed to Pope John Paul II on his visit to St. Louis in 1998, Musial’s official Cardinals Hall of Fame red blazer, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States of America.
Admission to the Museum is discounted the entire weekend (November 21 – 23rd), with all tickets being $6 in honor of Stan’s number. The museum is open from 10 AM to 6PM daily during the off season. The special exhibit in the rear gallery is in addition to the permanent display cases devoted to Musial within the Sportsman’s Park gallery of the museum.
St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum
Located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum showcases one the greatest club collections in all of Major League Baseball, celebrating and exploring thousands of stories, victories and heroes from the late 1800s to today. The 8,000 square foot museum walks visitors through the history of the Cardinals. Featuring stadiums, players and championship moments, the Cardinals Museum boasts one of the largest team-specific collections of artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The Museum’s seven galleries take fans on a chronological journey through the rich history of the Cardinals, allowing them to learn about the birth of the franchise, relive special memories and interact with great exhibits. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. On game nights, the Museum remains open through the 7th inning. Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased at cardinalsnation.com. (#CardsMuseum)
For more than 70 years, Stan Musial was the heart and soul of the St. Louis Cardinals. As a player, Musial was the greatest Cardinal and one of the best players in Major League Baseball history. Off the field, Musial lived with a dignity and charm that endeared him to countless fans across several generations. Born in Donora, Pennsylvania, Musial signed with the Cardinals in 1938. Musial won World Series titles in 1942, 1944, and 1946, and another in 1967 as General Manager. Musial was a 3-time NL MVP, played in 24 All-Star games, and batted .331 life time. Upon retirement, Musial was the NL’s leader in games played, runs, hits, doubles, and RBIs, despite missing a season to serve in the Navy. Musial was never ejected from a game. Musial was a role model and true civic treasure who was actively engaged in business, civic, and charitable work throughout his life. In 2011 Musial received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. At the White House ceremony, President Obama said, “Stan remains to this day an icon untarnished, a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman you’d want your kids to emulate.”