August Live 2014
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With Stan the Man's unfortunate passing in January 2013 at the age of 92, the baseball world lost one of its last great heroes of the postwar Golden Age—and our nation lost one of its revered role models. Just a year earlier, when Musial received the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House, 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." Musial served his country with distinction on the battlefield, on the ball field, and off the field.
In 1957, the 36-year-old legend enjoyed his last great season, earning his 7th N.L. batting crown with a .351 average, breaking Gus Suhr's N.L. consecutive-games record with an 823rd straight appearance, racking up his 4th career 20-game hit streak, and very nearly capturing what would've been a then-unprecedented 4th MVP award. It was a season of hills and valleys as Musial mourned the trading away of Red Schoendienst (not to mention Enos Slaughter a couple years prior), yet benefited from the newer supporting cast of Del Ennis and Ken Boyer behind him in the batting order. And Stan overcame tremendous adversity after a shoulder injury where he chipped a bone and tore muscle. As biographer Joseph Stanton recounts, "When Musial insisted upon returning to the lineup after only a fourteen-game absence, he could throw the ball only with difficulty, but, in his typical concetration-enhanced-when-injured manner, he raised his batting average and helped the Cardinals make a race of it by slapping hits to all fields, getting sixteen hits in thirty-one chances in September." In December, The Man's courage under fire was honored with Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year Award.
Appropriately, SI's premier Sportsman donned this very jersey at Sportsman's Park. The button-down home garment features "Cardinals" across the chest in red-yellow-and-black stitching. A Rawlings "Hall of Fame" Flannel main label appears on the left front tail with two size tags reading "44" and typed "Size 43." Below the main label is "Musial - 57" in red chainlink stitching. Musial's number "6" has been sewn on the back in red-on-navy felt appliqué. Solid wear throughout. The unfortunate staining on the front of the jersey (assumed to be from improper storage) could most likely be improved through professional restoration and cleaning. As a point of reference, it is worth noting that a '57 Musial jersey recently sold at auction for over $50,000—and that was a road example without the inherent spirit of St. Louis. LOA from Legendary Auctions.
Stan Musial 1957 St. Louis Cardinals Home Jersey - The Year He Won His 7th N.L. Batting Crown!
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