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MAY 13 (1958) - Stan*
By Bill Grimes
May 13, 2007 - 9:55 PM

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Stan the hitting machine

CHICAGO , ILLINOIS MAY 13, 1958 Stan Musial got his 3,000th hit on this date in baseball history, a double off the Cubs Moe Drabowky at Wrigley Field. At the time only seven players in history had reached 3,000 hits; Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Eddie Collins, Cap Anson, Paul Waner and Nap Lajoie, quite a list.

Stanley Frank Musial ended up with 3,630 hits in a career that spanned 22 years. As of this writing, he is fourth on the all-time career hits list. Only Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb and Pete Rose have more.

Musial was born in Donora, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh on November 21, 1920. He played mostly outfield, but also over a thousand games at first base. He was a great hitter with amazing consistency. Musial had a lifetime batting average of .331. He hit .336 at home and .336 on the road. Musial was National League Most Valuable Player three times; 1943, 1946 and 1948. Dodger pitcher Carl Erskine once said, "I've had pretty good success with Stan by throwing him my best pitch and backing up third." Musial spent his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Read on:
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/mlb_awards_content.jsp?content=mvp_history
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Musial
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=musiast01

 
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