Stan the hitting machine
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.
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
Ty Cobb and
Pete Rose have more.
Musial was born in
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
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.
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