The Ebbets Field faithful in Brooklyn were the first to call Stan Musial "The Man" after Musial had ravaged their beloved Dodgers time and again in the late 1940s.
And that was how Musial forever after was referred to in St. Louis: "Stan the Man."
Musial, who died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at age 92 after a long illness, undisputably is considered the greatest player in Cardinal history and probably the most popular, too. A former pitcher who turned to outfield and first base after hurting his arm, Musial played his entire 22-season career with the Cardinals, from 1941-63.
He is the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category. Musial held the National League record for hits at 3,630 before Pete Rose broke it in 1981.