THIS BAT, a Louisville Slugger
(model M159) with "MUSIAL MODEL" block stamped on the
barrel was brought over to
Palermo, proprietor of the Original Sports Bar by batboy Freddie
Buchholz immediately after the Sunday
double-header, and is the only uncracked bat in
the Booming Bats of the 50s Commemorative Collection.
ANATOMY OF A MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD-SETTING
THE MAN” MUSIAL,
considered the greatest St. Louis
Cardinal and one of the greatest
hitters of all time, used the bat pictured above and at left, in a double-header
against the Giants on May
2, 1954 when
he hit a record five home runs at
displays the tools he used to set
a Major League record five home
runs and 21 total bases in a double-header
on May 2, 1954. Stan's record still
IN THE FIRST GAME of that historic
Sunday, Stan went 4 for 4.
RUN NO. 1: Stan planted a long fly
on to the right field pavilion
roof against Johnny Antonelli in the third inning.
— HOME RUN NO. 2: This blast was also
courtesy of Antonelli in the fifth
inning, which landed on the
pavilion roof in right field.
— HOME RUN NO. 3: Stan hit a Jim Hearn
slider that barely made the edge
of the pavilion roof to tie the game
6-6 in the eighth inning. Stan finished
the opener with six RBIs in the 10
- 6 Cardinal win.
IN THE SECOND GAME, most of which was played under the Busch Stadium
lights, Stan walked his first time up, then drilled a long drive
to center that Willie Mays
tracked down at the 410 ft. mark the second time up.
— HOME RUN NO. 4: In the fifth inning, Musial hit a slow curve off of
future Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm over the right field pavilion roof and onto
— HOME RUN NO. 5: Stan deposited another souvenir over the pavilion roof
Avenue off of Whilhelm in the seventh inning.
Musial finished the second game, a 9-7 loss to the New Yorkers, with three more
RBIs and a total base tally of 21 for the day. No one before, or since, has hit
five circuit-clouts in a double-header. The following night against the Giants
he walked four times (one intentional) and popped up.
In 1954, Stan finished the year
with 35 home runs, 126 RBIs, 195 hits and an average of .330.
ALL-STAR:1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949,
1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963.
NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: 1943,
Musial held 29 National League records, 17 Major
League records and 9 All-Star records
Slugging Cardinal topped the .300 mark 17 times
and won seven National League batting titles with his famed corkscrew
stance and ringing line drives
STAN MUSIAL is among the greatest hitters
in Major League history.
Stan Musial was one of the greatest players in
the history of baseball. Though he began his professional career
as a pitcher, Musial was ultimately known for his bat.
In Musial's first four full major league seasons, the Cardinals
captured four pennants and three World Championships. Although the
Cardinals failed to win another title during his career, Musial
went on to become one of the game's greatest and most beloved players.
He was and still is a St. Louis icon.
He won seven batting championships, three MVP
Awards, and surpassed the 3,000 hit milestone.
A gentleman both on the field and off, "Stan
the Man" Musial began his Major League career on September
17, 1941 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Musial played for 22 seasons,
all in St. Louis, and ended his big league playing career in 1963.
The dead-armed Class C pitcher became a slugging outfielder who
topped the .300 mark 17 times and won seven National League batting
titles with his famed corkscrew stance and ringing line drives.
He also played in 24 all-star games a record he shares with
The left handed hitting Musial had good speed and was famous for his
compressed, closed batting crouch, from which he appeared to be peering
at the pitcher around a corner. He won his first National League batting
title in his second full year. In addition to leading the league in
hits six times, he lead the senior curcuit in doubles eight times,
triples five times and runs five times.
Stan had a .331 lifetime average, with 3,630 hits, 475 home runs and
1,951 RBIs. Although not initially expected to be a long-ball hitter,
Musial developed his power without increasing strikeouts, and
averaged 31 home runs per season from 1948 to 1957. When he retired,
Musial owned or shared a whopping 29 National League records, 17 Major
League records, nine all-star records including most home runs
(6), and almost every Cardinals career offensive record.
STAN "THE MAN" had a .331 lifetime
average, with 3,630 hits, 475 home runs and 1,951 RBIs.
In 1956 The Sporting News named Musial
its first Player of the Decade. For one who played so long, Musial
was unbelievably consistent. He smacked 1,815 hits at home and the
same number on the road. He scored 1,949 runs and drove in 1,951.
He batted .310 or better 16 straight seasons and added a .330 season
just short of his 42nd birthday.
Over 21 full seasons he averaged a remarkable 172 hits, 92 runs
scored, 92 RBIs, 34 doubles and 23 home runs per year. His best
offensive season was 1948, when he hit a career-high .376 and missed
the National League Triple Crown by a single homer.
On May 2, 1954, he set a Major League record with five home runs
in a doubleheader. When asked on Monday, the following day after
the feat, by the curator of the Hall of Fame museum if he could
spare the bat for the Hall he used to hit the five home runs, Stan
was quoted in the Sporting News as saying, "Sure. I
got a lot of bats!"
MUSIAL WON SEVEN batting championships and three MVP awards during
his 22-year career.
During Musial's incredible career with the Cardinals 1941 - 1963,
he played in 3,026 games; had 10,972 at bats; 6,134 total bases; lead
the National League in total bases and slugging percentage six years;
won seven National League batting titles; was the league's Most Valuable
Player in 1943, 1946 and 1948; and was named to 24 all-star teams.
Stan "The Man" was inducted into the Hall
of Fame in 1969 with 94 percent of the vote.
Longtime baseball broadcaster Vin Scully summed up Musial's career
by saying, "How good was Stan Musial? He was good enough to
take your breath away."
STAN MUSIAL: Did you know...
...Musial was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals
before the 1938 season as an amateur free agent.
...Musial's first four full major league seasons, the Cardinals
captured four pennants and three World Championships.
...Musial was nicknamed Stan "The Man"
by Dodger fans for the havoc he wrought at Ebbets Field and
is still renowned for his skilled harmonica playing.
...Musial, on May 2, 1954, hit a record five home runs in a doubleheader
against the Giants, including two round-trippers off future Hall
of Fame pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm.
...Musial was selected the Sporting News Major League Player of
the Year in 1946 and 1951. Sports Illustrated named him its Sportsman
of the Year in 1957, and the Sporting News honored him as
Sportsman of the Decade for the years between 1946 and 1956.
...Musial led the National League in total bases and slugging percentage
...Musial won seven National League batting titles.
...Musial was the National League Most Valuable Player in 1943,
1946 and 1948.
...Musial said, "When a pitcher's throwing a spitball, don't
worry and don't complain just hit the dry side like I do."
...Musial was selected to the National League all-star team 24 times.
...Musial, upon retirement, held 17 major league, 29 National League
and 9 all-star game records.
...Musial was born November 21, 1920, Donora, Pennsylvania.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED named Stan its Sportsman
of the Year in 1957.
MUSIAL PLAYED in 24 all-star games
a record he shares with Willie Mays.
OVER 21 FULL SEASONS Musial averaged a remarkable
172 hits, 92 runs scored, 92 RBIs, 34 doubles and 23 home runs per
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS: Stan's demeanor and
professionalism made him a respected personality not only with baseball
fans, but with the general public as well.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE:
Stan on his way to work during spring training in St. Petersburg,
THE PERFECT SWING:
Musial is famous for his compressed, closed batting crouch, from
which he appeared to be peering at the pitcher around a corner.
CLASS ACT: Not only was Musial one of the greatest
Major Leaguers ever, he was also one of the best ambassadors the
game has ever seen. Stan "The Man" was inducted into the
of Fame in 1969 with 94 percent of the vote.