Thursday, July 12, 2012

HOF Sketch Card Project: Stan Musial

For my first Baseball Hall of Fame sketch card, I decided to pay homage to one of the greatest and often most overlooked players of all-time - Stan "The Man" Musial.

Born on November 21, 1920, Stan Musial played 22 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. A 24-time All-Star (tied for most in history) who played both the outfield and first base, he accumulated 3,630 career hits, 475 homers and 1,951 RBI. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, his first year of eligibility.

I completed this sketch card in March 2012. 

10 random facts about Stan Musial:
  • The Cardinals initially scouted Musial as a pitcher.
  • He missed out on the 1945 MLB season due to military service.
  • Having been inducted into Cooperstown in 1969, he is currently the longest-tenured living Hall of Famer.
  • He compiled 1,815 hits at home and 1,815 hits on the road during his career.
  • He served as President of the Cardinals from 1963 to 1966.
  • He is a member of the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
  • He was never ejected from a game during his Major League career.
  • He was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on February 15, 2011; this is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian.
  • At the time of his retirement, he held or shared 17 major league records, 29 National League records, and 9 All-Star Game records. 
  • His favorite baseball player growing up was Lefty Grove.

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