Happy Birthday to…

Stan Musial, who turns 90 today.

Before I moved to the Cincinnati area, I had relatives who lived in the St. Louis area, so the Cardinals (baseball and football) were my favorite pro sports teams in my youth. Because I was a dreadful athlete, I made up for it by obsessive reading about sports, and Musial became one of my heroes, despite the fact that he retired two years before I was born.

One part of his story that made an impression on me was that he had started as a pitcher, but had injured his arm. He switched to the outfield and became — well, Stan the Man. What did I learn? When things don’t work, you find another way.

Thanks for the lesson, Mr. Musial. The American Spectator‘s Larry Thornberry offers an appreciation.

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Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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