As a tribute to No. 6, Stan Musial, I’m posting a different historical photo of the greatest Cardinal each day for six consecutive days, Jan. 21-26, 2013. Musial, 92, died Jan. 19, 2013. Each photo is a copy I have collected from a library or archive.
This is the fourth of the six:
In the 1950s, the Cardinals and Yankees trained in St. Petersburg, Fla. Stan Musial and Mickey Mantle, right, were the glamour names. As a youth in Oklahoma, Mantle was a fan of Musial and the Cardinals. In his book “Stan Musial: The Man’s Own Story” Musial wrote of Mantle, “If he didn’t have recurring leg trouble, I’d have to rank Mickey with (Joe) DiMaggio and (Willie) Mays among the perfect players. I think he can hit a ball farther than any man I ever saw.”
Next: Stan Musial and his greatest hits.