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1963 Stan Musial retires

1963 photo of Stan Musial. Stan Musial waves to fans during his retirement ceremony.

WASHINGTON — Congress agrees on little these days but members are having no trouble whatsoever coming together to name the new Mississippi River bridge after Stan Musial.

Legislation naming the bridge after the late St. Louis Cardinals baseball great passed the U.S. Senate late last night by unanimous consent.

The measure is sponsored jointly by Missouri and Illinois senators; a similar proposal is pending in the U.S. House.

Here's what senators said about it in a release a short time ago:

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo."“There’s nobody I’d rather see welcoming folks into St. Louis than our hometown hero, Stan Musial.” 

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo." “Stan was a true hero to so many Americans, both on and off the field. This is a great way for us remember his legacy for years to come.”

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: “Naming the I-70 Bridge after Cardinals legend Stan Musial would be a fitting honor to a great American hero and the values he stood for." 

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.: “Stan Musial gave his all to the St. Louis and Metro East region and this is just one small way we can honor that legacy.”

Missouri and Illinois members of Congress also were in accord in encouraging President Barack Obama to award Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom two years ago.

Musial died on Jan. 19 at age 92.

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