Stan was certainly 'The Man'

Baseball lost a true gentleman and one of its most underrated players

Updated: January 28, 2013, 11:00 AM ET
By William Nack | Special to ESPN.com

Back in the late winter of 1941, a skinny, 20-year-old pitcher named Stan Musial showed up at the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training camp with an aching arm and diminishing hopes that he would ever fulfill his youthful dream of making it to the big leagues.

Musial, who died Saturday at the age of 92, had come up as an erratic, wild-throwing southpaw -- so wild, in fact, that a scouting report at one point urged his release -- in the Cards' minor league system in 1938. His prospects ...

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