ST. LOUIS – Stan Musial was remembered during a funeral and memorial outside Busch Stadium on Saturday as a Hall of Famer and a St. Louis icon embraced by generations of fans who never had the privilege of watching him play.
Broadcaster Bob Costas, his voice cracking with emotion at times, pointed out during a two-hour Mass that in 92 years of life, Stan the Man never let anyone down.
Musial, who died Jan. 19, was a three-time NL MVP and seven-time batting champion.
What was the hook with Stan Musial other than the distinctive stance and the role of one of baseballs best hitters? Costas said. It seems that all Stan had going for him was more than two decades of sustained excellence as a ballplayer and more than nine decades as a thoroughly decent human being.
Where is the single person to truthfully say a bad word about him?
There was enough room in the large Roman Catholic church for a handful of fans.
Among those in attendance were baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, former St. Louis standout Albert Pujols and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Whitey Herzog and 90-year-old Red Schoendienst, who once roomed with Musial. Joe Torre, a former MVP and manager in St. Louis, and Tony La Russa, who became close with Musial during his 16 seasons managing the Cardinals, sat near the front along with current manager Mike Matheny.
After the service, the hearse and vans filled with the Cardinals delegation drove to Busch Stadium, where Musials family laid flowers at the base of one of his statues.
Cubs reach deal with pitcher
Pitcher Carlos Villanueva and the Cubs completed a $10 million, two-year contract. Villanueva will earn $5 million annually. The 29-year-old right-hander spent the past two seasons with Toronto and went 7-7 with a 4.16 ERA last year in 16 starts and 22 relief appearances.
Around the leagues
Pitchers will no longer be allowed to fake a pickoff to third base and throw to first as a way to dupe a runner on first base into breaking for second. Next season, that move would be a balk. Craig Breslow will receive at least $6.25 million from his two-year contract with Boston. Left-hander Nate Robertson and utilityman Jeff Baker agreed to minor league contracts with Texas. A person familiar with the negotiations said pitcher Jhoulys Chacin and Colorado agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract.
Houston reinstates 1st-round draft pick
Houston reinstated suspended forward Royce White, and hes due to report to the teams developmental league affiliate on Feb. 11. White, the 16th overall pick in the last draft, has been on the inactive list as he worked on an arrangement with the team to balance his acknowledged anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule.
Ice dancers capture 5th straight US title
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the Olympic silver medalists and 2011 world champions, won their fifth straight ice dance crown at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb. Davis and White scored personal bests for both overall score (197.44 points) and free dance (118.42).
Ole Miss buys out former coach Nutt
Mississippi agreed to pay former coach Houston Nutt a lump sum of $4.35 million to complete his contract buyout.
Vonn tops rival in giant slalom
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