The greatness of Stan Musial

Began career as a pitcher but finished as one of the best players of all time

Updated: January 20, 2013, 4:09 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

At a luncheon for Hall of Famers at the White House in 2003, I won the lottery. Randomly, I was seated between the two nicest superstar players of all time, Brooks Robinson and Stan Musial.

Halfway through lunch, after I'd asked the great Musial questions about such topics as his start as a pitcher and his 1948 season when he hit .376 with 103 extra-base hits and 34 strikeouts, he looked at me and asked if I would like an autographed picture. Three days later, it arrived at my house.

I ...

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