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Stan MusialThe Ultimate Cardinal. Stanley Frank "Stan the Man" Musial was born Stanislaw Franciszek Musial on November 21, 1920. Musial played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1941 to 1963, all for the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League. A 24-time All-Star selection, Musial accumulated 3,630 hits and 475 home runs during his career, was named the National League's Most Valuable Player three times, was a member of three World Series championship teams, and in 1969 was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Cards originally signed Musial, in 1938, as a pitcher, but, by the time he made his Major League debut in 1941, he had already been converted into an outfielder. He quickly established himself as a consistent and productive hitter, leading the National League in six different offensive categories in 1943 while earning his first MVP award. After winning his second World Series in 1944, Musial missed the entire 1945 season serving during WWII with the United States Navy.

In 1946, Musial resumed his consistent hitting and annual All-Star appearances. In '48, he finished just one home run shy of winning baseball's Triple Crown. After struggling offensively in 1959, Musial used a personal trainer to increase his productivity until he retired in 1963. In 1999, Stan Musial was selected to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team.¹

Stan "The Man" Musial's MVP Seasons
1943 157 617 108 220 48 20 13 81 72 18 .357 .425 .562 .988
1946 156 624 124 228 50 20 16 103 73 31 .365 .434 .587 1.021
1948 155 611 135 230 46 18 39 131 79 34 .376 .450 .702 1.152

The St. Louis Cardinals are a professional baseball team (MLB) based in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals compete in the National League (NL) Central division. Busch Stadium has been their home ballpark since 2006.

With origins as one of the early professional baseball clubs in St. Louis and the nation, entrepreneur Chris von der Ahe purchased a barnstorming club in 1881, then known as the Brown Stockings, and established them as charter members of the old American Association (AA) base ball league which played 1882 to 1891, the following season. Upon the discontinuation of the AA, St. Louis joined the continuing National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, later known simply as the National League, (organized in 1876), in 1892; at that time, they were called the Browns (not to be confused with a later team also known as the St. Louis Browns in the American League, 1902-1953) and also as the Perfectos before they were officially renamed eight years later as the Cardinals in 1900.

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