ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In a teleconference with reporters Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said she and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) will introduce federal legislation requesting that the new Mississippi River Bridge linking Illinois to St. Louis be named after late Cardinal Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
“I think the idea that KMOX has begun circulating about the bridge being named for Stan Musial is a terrific idea,” McCaskill told reporters.”I talked to Senator Durbin about it and while I understand the state legislature wants to weigh in on this, this is a bridge that goes between two states so it’s going to make this cleaner and easier if we pass federal legislation to name the bridge the ‘Stan Musial Bridge. Of course, I can already hear it being called the ‘Stan Span’ or ‘The Stan’.”
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon followed suit and urged fellow Democrat Pat Quinn, the governor of Illinois, to join him in a unified effort to name the bridge for Musial.
The new Mississippi River bridge is still nameless, although much of Cardinal Nation agrees naming it after Stan Musial would be a great way to honor the beloved baseball player.
Missouri State Sens. John Lamping and Eric Schmitt both of St. Louis County announced on KMOX’s “Mark Reardon Show” that they were filing legislation Tuesday afternoon to call the new Mississippi River bridge the “Stan Musial Memorial Bridge.”
“I think as people make their way across the Mississippi River, into St. Louis, it would be a great welcome from a man who made everyone feel very comfortable,” Schmitt said.
“He really did connect east and west. When he played, the Cardinals were the west-most team, so he really did connect the country,” Musial grandson Brian Schwarze told KMOX. ”That would just such a great honor, to be able to have a bridge named after him.”