Stan Musial's Life
By Jaden Glaze
Stan was born on November 21, 1920, in Donora, Pennsylvania. During Stan's childhood the Great Depression was going on in Pennsylvania in the 1930's. He was the fifth of six children. His family was very poor because of the Great Depression and his brother worked at the American Steel and Wire Company. Stan was the only one in his family to graduate from high school.
In 1937, Stan met Lillian Susan Labash his soon to be wife, on May 25, 1940, they were at Daytona Beach, Florida. They were married for 72 years and the couple had four kids.
Stan played for the St. Louis Cardinals, he started the minor- league in 1938 and was the left handed pitcher until while playing for the Daytona Beach Islanders, he fell hard on his left shoulder and was unable to continue pitching, so Stan began playing in the outfield. He was called up to major league late in the 1941 season after finishing the minor- league season with the Cardinals' farm team in Springfield, Missouri, were he had batted .379 in 87 games with 26 homers and 94 RBIs. Stan helped lead the Cardinals to World Series victories in 1942 and 1944. He missed the 1945 season because he was drafted into the military during the final months of World War 2. He joined the Navy and remained stateside during his fourteen months in the service. His career lasted for 22 years and he finished it with 3,630 hits, the most in National League history until Pete Rose passed him in 1981. He retired on September 29, 1963, he played his last game against the Cincinnati Reds, the same day his number 6 jersey was retired. I died on January 19, 2013, in St. Louis Missouri .