On what would have been Stan Musial‘s 94th birthday, Stan Musial: “The Man” Off the Field became the first temporary exhibit to be opened by the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.
The one-of-a-kind exhibit will remain open until next November and focuses on Musial’s remarkable life and his contributions off of the baseball diamond.
“Fans won’t want to miss this exciting exhibit that shares Stan’s amazing and uniquely American story,” Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals, said in a team statement. “While Stan was clearly one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, it is who he was off the field that made him one of the most beloved figures in Cardinals history. This exhibit celebrates the man we all loved while offering fans a unique view into his life off the field.”
The artifacts from from the Cardinals extensive collection and items on loan from the Musial family and others. These items include his U.S. Navy baseball jersey and cap that Musial wore during his military service in 1945. The the Boy Scouts of America neckerchief that was worn by Musial in the ceremony that preceded his final game in 1963 is also included in the exhibit.
There is an impressive display of objects and stories that focus on Musial’s generous contributions to others during his life. The themes highlighted include his beginnings in Donora, his Polish heritage, the love of his family, faith, military service, celebrity interactions, and devotion to fans.
The collection wouldn’t be complete without Musial’s official Cardinals Hall of Fame red blazer along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States of America.