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Politicians React to Stan Musial’s Death

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A fan-created memorial outside Busch Stadium is growing by the minute, following the passing of Cardinal baseball legend Stan Musial on January 19, 2013. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

A fan-created memorial outside Busch Stadium is growing by the minute, following the passing of Cardinal baseball legend Stan Musial on January 19, 2013. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Saturday night’s death of Baseball Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals legend is being felt throughout the political circles of the local, state, and regional levels.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued this statement: “Stan Musial was a great American hero who – with the utmost humility –inspired us all to aim high and dream big. The world is emptier today without him, but far better to have known him. The legacy of ‘baseball’s perfect warrior’ will endure and inspire generations to come.”

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri had this to say: “Stan Musial was a national treasure that St Louis was happy to share. No one was more deserving of the love and respect that all of us had for the man, our man, Stan the man, Stan the gentleman. We all send our sympathy to the entire Musial family. There will never be another one like him. Heaven is now home to the perfect swing, the ready smile, and some darn fine harmonica tunes.”

Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay issued this statement, “Stan Musial was not only the ultimate Cardinal, he was as good a man off the field as he was on the field. I was honored to join Stan and his family at the White House as President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor. Stan Musial brought honor to the Cardinals, to our city and to our nation. I join with all Cardinal fans as we mourn his passing and I extend my deepest sympathies to his wonderful family. I will always remember going with my Dad to Sportman’s park to see “Stan the Man” play. #6 will live forever in our hearts.”

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay posted this on his blog: “St. Louis has lost not just baseball’s “perfect knight” but also its own favorite son. No figure in St. Louis history has been more greatly or deeply admired than Stan Musial. None has brought more joy to more citizens over more years. None will be more widely and deeply mourned. There’s hardly been a child born in this city since 1930 who doesn’t know to whom the No. 6 belongs. It belongs to The Man — and what a good man he was. I have ordered that the flags be lowered to half staff at all city buildings and facilities to honor Stan Musial and to mourn his passing. On behalf of generations of St. Louisans, Kim and I express our heartfelt sympathies to the Musial family. St. Louis dreaded the coming of this day. It has come. We will miss Stan Musial terribly.”

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