But why would I write about a great baseball player in a blog dedicated to spiritual topics?
Well, I personally met him years ago when I was a young advertising writer. I recorded him for a couple of radio commercials and was able to make observations about him.
Stan is considered the least famous of all of baseball’s true superstars. Many blame this situation on the fact that the east coast news markets were much larger than that of St. Louis. However, Stan was just as humble as everyone said he was, and didn’t seek the extra attention.
He struck me as being sincerely grateful for his life and the sports talent he was given. He never looked for publicity for publicity’s sake and always felt that it was his humble honor to give back to his community during his retirement years. He considered himself a true servant to others.
When I met him in the lobby of the recording studio he was playing his harmonica for those gathered around him. What was less known about Stan was his fondness for magic tricks. He laughed a lot, especially at himself. He would make lots of jokes about himself and his career. He once said that. “I got my bad knees from hitting too many triples.”
While Stan Musial made himself very available to all, he presented a challenge for radio producers. He tended to slur his words—as if his mouth were full of marbles. In one recording session I asked Stan to speed up his words and this seemed to help him talk more clearly. We had a wonderful time recording the radio spots and he sounded great!
Stan was also married to his wife for over 70 years. She died a year ago and I am sure this caused his health to deteriorate faster. I feel certain that both will resume their partnership in heaven.
So this is indeed a spiritual blog. He was more than “Stan the Man.” He was Stan the Angelic Man!