Baseball turns out for farewell to Stan 'The Man' Musial
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Stan Musial, who died Jan. 19, was remembered as a Hall of Famer on and off the field during a two-hour funeral mass Saturday in St. Louis.
Broadcaster Bob Costas made the point that in 92 years, Musial never let anyone down.
"Where is the single person to truthfully say a bad word about him?" Costas asked.
Among those in attendance were commissioner Bud Selig, former St. Louis standout Albert Pujols and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Bruce Sutter and Red Schoendienst as well as the current and former Cardinals managers Mike Matheny, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.
Grandson Andrew Edmonds said the public Musial was no different from the private Musial. He recalled a fan telling him, "Your grandpa's best attribute is he made nobodies feel like somebodies."
After the service, the hearse and vans filled with the Cardinals' delegation drove to Busch Stadium, where Musial's family laid flowers at the base of one of his statues. Color guards from the city's fire and police departments flanked the statue. A single Clydesdale walked slowly down the street.
Cardinals closer Jason Motte shook his head. "This is nothing like I've ever seen," he said.
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First Published January 27, 2013 12:00 am