Mon River bridge to carry Musial's moniker


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HARRISBURG -- Days after the St. Louis Cardinals earned another World Series title, one of their legendary players with roots in Western Pennsylvania has earned another accolade of his own.

The name of Donora native Stan "The Man" Musial will soon adorn the bridge that carries state Route 1077 over the Monongahela River in Washington and Westmoreland counties. That bridge is currently known as the Donora-Monessen Bridge.

State Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, sponsored the renaming legislation, which passed his chamber in May and was approved by the House of Representatives unanimously on Monday.

Noting Mr. Musial's baseball beginnings with the semi-professional Donora Zincs, state Rep. Peter Daley, D-California, touted the outfielder's athletic accomplishments during the 22 seasons he spent on the Cardinals.

Mr. Musial was one of the most consistent hitters of his era, with his 3,630 hits divided evenly between road and home games. His father, Mr. Daley noted, was reluctant to let his son play baseball professionally, given that the steel mills of the late 1930s paid better than sports teams.

The signs will "serve as a permanent reminder that, despite humble beginnings, hard work can lead to great accomplishments," Mr. Solobay said in a statement.


Laura Olson: lolson@post-gazette.com or 1-717-787-4254.


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