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WASHINGTON • Stan Musial has been here before, walking with presidents. He's met every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower. Musial campaigned for John F. Kennedy and became friends with JFK. Musial talked baseball with Richard Nixon and served as Lyndon Johnson's director of the National Council on Physical Fitness.

According to one family estimate, The Man has visited the White House around a dozen times during his wonderful life. But today, the occasion of Musial's latest visit to the White House takes on greater significance and meaning when he receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom award from President Barack Obama.

Honors are nothing new for Musial, who may have set some sort of unofficial record for attending the most awards dinners. There are too many to mention or count. But among the big ones, there were the three National League MVP awards, and selections to 24 All-Star Games. Musial was awarded Poland's highest civilian honor, the Cavalier Cross Order of Merit. And the Polish government gave Musial the Merited Champions Medal, the nation's highest sports award.

Today's ceremony will probably top them all. This is a lifetime achievement award. The Man can take a bow. He's been heralded as a great baseball player. And now he's officially being recognized as a great American.

A true national icon, properly decorated.

Musial's thousands of good deeds have caromed back to him.

"He's never asked for anything," said Musial's grandson, Brian Schwarze. "Through his entire life, all he's done is give to others. He's never asked for anything in return."

Well, this is the day when Stan Musial gets something back for the kindness and grace he's extended to others during his 90 years of living out his dream.

Musial wasn't feeling up to doing interviews, which is understandable. But through Dick Zitzmann, his friend and business partner, Musial relayed a message, saying that he was grateful for the award and is excited that his family will be there to share it with him.

Musial is hanging tough, still taking his cuts. He goes to lunch and dinner several times a week. He regularly puts in hours at his memorabilia-business office, Stan the Man Inc. He refuses to slow down. It's just what you would expect from a .331 lifetime hitter who batted .330 at age 41 in 1962. Musial was never an easy out.

But the timing of this award is vitally important. Realistically, how many more times can we look forward to being blessed by seeing Musial on the stage, smiling? He appeared at Busch Stadium in 2010, and his late-season cameo for "Stand for Stan" day was a delightful surprise. But at this stage of his life, we're especially thankful for each sighting of The Man.

And how splendid this will be, taking in the vision of Musial at the White House, sharing this extraordinary tribute with 14 other Medal of Freedom recipients, including President George H.W. Bush, civil rights hero John Lewis, investor Warren Buffet, Boston Celtics great Bill Russell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

It's a deep lineup. And Stan's right there.

Hopefully this will serve to elevate Musial's status. As we know, Musial hasn't always gotten his due. In an embarrassing display of ignorance, fans outside of St. Louis failed to vote Musial to baseball's All-Century team in 1999. (A panel led by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig added Musial to the team.) And Musial was snubbed when ESPN profiled the 50 greatest athletes of the 20th century. Several of Musial's baseball contemporaries were included instead.

"Stan, for all of his greatness, doesn't have something that fixes him in the public mind, outside of Cardinal fans or knowledgeable baseball historians," said Bob Costas, the esteemed broadcaster. "Not in the way that Willie Mays the 'Say Hey' kid does. The way Hank Aaron rounding the bases on (home run) No. 715 does. The way the combination of speed, power and squandered possibility of Mickey Mantle does. The way Ted Williams, the last man to hit .400 does. There were songs written about Joe DiMaggio. And DiMaggio had his 56-game hitting streak. And 'aura.'

"Stan has just a career of almost mind-boggling excellence and enduring personal decency. None of those things forge an image to the casual fan. But to those who followed baseball, and know The Man, they count for a whole lot."

And that point will be reinforced again today.

"It's appropriate and it would have been appropriate at any stage," Costas said. "If the Presidential Medal of Freedom is meant to represent Americans and others of distinction in various walks of life, who not only have had success or excellence but in some sense have embodied the virtues Americans admire most, then Stan Musial fills that bill.

"There's no perfect human being, but I have not come across anyone in sports who was closer to the image, in reality, than Stan Musial is. Who has ever emanated more decency than Stan Musial does? If you saw him play, you could always feel good about cheering him. And if you didn't see him play, you can still feel good about admiring him to this day."

Musial's Medal of Freedom is the result of an admirable networking effort — a team effort. Principal contributors included Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III. The Cardinals' "Stand for Stan" campaign raised visibility and enthusiasm. One way or another, the voices of Cardinals fans could be heard in the corridors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

McCaskill lobbied hard. She pressed Obama about Musial during the president's visit to St. Louis for the 2009 All-Star Game. Attending a Cardinals-Cubs game at Wrigley Field last summer, McCaskill spotted Obama adviser David Axelrod "and talked up Stan the Man for about four innings," she said. At breakfast one day with Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, McCaskill took a copy of the Sports Illustrated cover story on Musial, handed it to Jarrett and said, "You've got to read this."

Joe Posnanski's SI piece questioned why Musial had been overlooked in baseball history and saluted The Man's extended excellence and generosity of spirit. The benevolence included Musial's gentle befriending of ostracized African-American players during baseball's tense period of integration.

The challenge, according to McCaskill, was "How do you make the case other than the fact that Stan was an amazing player? That was the foundation-setter. But we had to go beyond that and to his personal character."

Musial's off-field high points were emphasized. Such as his devotion to charitable causes, his wide-ranging contributions to society and his role as a peacemaker that cooled some of baseball's racial hostility when the color line was erased in 1947. Musial was also an unofficial U.S. diplomat to Poland and introduced baseball to the youth of Eastern Europe.

"He's been a role model in so many ways," McCaskill said.

It wasn't enough to simply work the D.C. insiders. The "Stand for Stan" effort gave the project a face, a rallying point and more material for McCaskill, Durbin and (since retired) Sen. Kit Bond. Obama's aides received a steady current of links to photos of fans and celebrities posing with the mini "Stand for Stan" silhouette in places around the globe. The momentum slowly gained traction.

"This was about an entire community, and Cardinal Nation, getting behind a worthy campaign for a great man," McCaskill said. "And isn't that what this comes down to? He's just a damn good guy who deserves this."

And after arriving in D.C. via private jet Monday, Musial is rested and ready to go for another special day. Whether it's Busch Stadium, or the White House, it really doesn't matter to Stan.

Just take him out to the ballgame.

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About the medal

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, was created by President Harry Truman on July 6, 1945. Its original purpose was to honor civilians who had played important roles in helping the U.S. win World War II.

The original executive order has been amended three times, providing the President with a greater latitude in developing a list of honorees. Today this award has a much broader base and is used by the President to recognize individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavor." This award can now be given to both civilians and those in the uniformed services, and it may be awarded posthumously. It may also be given to non-US citizens.

Records covering the recipients are spotty, especially in the early years of the award, but the number of recipients is believed to be more than 20,000.

Moe Berg • 1946

Berg, who reportedly felt embarrassed by the award and didn't deem himself worthy of it, was honored not for his modest play on the field but for his work essentially as a spy during World War II. Berg was assigned to the Secret Intelligence branch of the Office of Strategic Services in 1943 and parachuted into Yugoslavia to evaluate the various resistance groups operating against the Nazis to determine which was the strongest. His evaluations were used to help determine the amount of support and aid to give each group. Later that year, Berg was assigned to an operation whose stated purpose was to kidnap rocket and missile specialists from Italy and bring them to the United States.

DECLINED THE MEDAL

Berg declined the medal "with due respect for the spirit with which it is offered."

After Berg's death in 1972, his sister Ethel Berg received the medal on his behalf. She donated the medal to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVG
1923BRO491299243206251.186
1926CHW411134256007690.221
1927CHW356941740044100.246
1928CHW76224255516002914253.246
1929CHW107352321017004717165.287
1930CHW2061473007150.115
1931CLE1013111000110.077
1932WSH751951646811268131.236
1933WSH40658123029450.185
1934TOT62183946710157112.251
1934WSH33865214006642.244
1934CLE29974253109170.258
1935BOS3898132850212530.286
1936BOS3912593041019260.240
1937BOS47141133631020540.255
1938BOS1012040000010.333
1939BOS1433391015230.273
CAREER663181315044171662067811712.243

LED THE LEAGUE …

While Berg never led in any offensive category, some sportswriters called him the "brainiest guy in baseball."

Joe DiMaggio • 1977

The son of Italian immigrants, DiMaggio was the consummate team player for the New York Yankees in an era (the Depression and World War II) in which cooperation was emphasized to overcome economic doldrums and global strife. In the 1940s, he was widely viewed as the most popular man in baseball and that popularity was so great that the U.S. Army would not let him go overseas during the war, for fear he would be killed or captured, and thus damage American morale. Hall of Famer DiMaggio left his mark off the field, too, opening the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., in 1953.

FELLOW RECIPIENTS IN 1977

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter also awarded the Medal of Freedom to:

  • Iorwith Wilbur Abel
  • John Bardeen
  • Irving Berlin
  • Norman Borlaug
  • Omar Bradley
  • Arleigh Burke
  • Alexander Calder
  • Bruce Catton
  • Ariel Durant
  • Will Durant
  • Arthur Fiedler
  • Henry J. Friendly
  • Lady Bird Johnson
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Archibald MacLeish
  • James A. Michener
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Jesse Owens
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Nelson Rockefeller
  • Donald Rumsfeld
  • Jonas Salk
  • Catherine Filene Shouse
  • James D. Watson

MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVG
1936NYY13863713220644152912524394.323
1937NYY15162115121535154616764373.346
1938NYY14559912919432133214059216.324
1939NYY1204621081763263012652203.381
1940NYY132508931792893113361301.352
1941NYY13954112219343113012576134.357
1942NYY15461012318629132111468364.305
1943-45Military service (World War II)
1946NYY13250381146208259559241.290
1947NYY141534971683110209764323.315
1948NYY15359411019026113915567301.320
1949NYY762725894146146755180.346
1950NYY13952511415833103212280330.301
1951NYY11641572109224127161360.263
CAREER 1736682113902214389131361153779036930.325

LED THE LEAGUE …

HR

193746
194839

RBI

1941125
1948155

RUNS

1937151

AVG

1939.381
1940.352

Jackie Robinson • 1984 (posthumously)

From 1942-44, Robinson served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. In 1944, Robinson was arrested and court-martialed after he refused to move to the back of a segregated bus during training. He was later acquitted of the charges and received an honorable discharge. His courage and moral objection to segregation were precursors to the impact Robinson would have in major league baseball, whose color barrier he broke in 1947 when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. From the beginning of his career with the Dodgers, Robinson's will was tested. Even some of his teammates objected to having an African-American on their team. People in the crowds sometimes jeered at Robinson, and he and his family received threats. But, despite the racial abuse, Robinson persevered to have a Hall of Fame playing career before retiring when he refused to join the New York Giants, who had acquired him from the Dodgers after the 1956 season.

FELLOW RECIPIENTS IN 1984

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan also awarded the Medal of Freedom to:

  • Howard Baker
  • James Cagney
  • Whittaker Chambers
  • Leo Cherne
  • Cardinal Terence Cooke
  • Denton Cooley
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • Hector P. Garcia
  • Andrew Goodpaster
  • Henry M. Jackson
  • Norman Vincent Peale
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver
  • Lincoln Kirstein
  • Louis L'Amour
  • Joseph Luns
  • Carlos P. Romulo
  • Anwar El Sadat

MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVG
1947BRO1515901251753151248743629.297
1948BRO1475741081703881285573722.296
1949BRO156593122203381216124862737.342
1950BRO144518991703941481802412.328
1951BRO1535481061853371988792725.338
1952BRO14951010415717319751064024.308
1953BRO1364841091593471295743017.329
1954BRO12438662120224155963207.311
1955BRO105317518162836611812.256
1956BRO11735761981521043603212.275
CAREER 13824877947151827354137734740291197.311

LED THE LEAGUE …

AVG

1949.342

SB

194729
194937

Ted Williams • 1991

There is no telling how much more gaudy Hall of Famer Williams' statistics would have been had he not missed five prime-cut seasons to be a fighter pilot and to train pilots during World War II and the Korean War. Williams flew a total of 38 combat missions and achieved the rank of captain while serving both for the U. S. Navy and the Marine Corps. Williams wasn't always the most civil performer during his playing days but his service to his country hardly can be denied. Williams at first refused to go to the Freedom Medal ceremony because he thought he had to wear a tuxedo. He didn't have to, but Williams was asked to compromise and thus he made a rare appearance while wearing a tie.

FELLOW RECIPIENTS IN 1991

In 1991, President George H.W. Bush also awarded the Medal of Freedom to:

  • James Baker
  • William F. Buckley, Jr.
  • Richard Cheney
  • Don Luis A. Ferré
  • Betty Ford
  • Hanna Holborn Gray
  • Friedrich von Hayek
  • Friedrich Hayek
  • Tip O'Neill
  • Javier Perez de Cuellar
  • Colin Powell
  • Leon Sullivan
  • Russell E. Train
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • H. Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Brent Scowcroft
  • Vernon Walters
  • William Webster

MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVG
1939BOS149565131185441131145107642.327
1940BOS14456113419343142311396544.344
1941BOS14345613518533337120145272.406
1942BOS15052214118634536137145513.356
1942-46Military service (World War II)
1946BOS15051414217637838123156440.342
1947BOS15652812518140932114162470.343
1948BOS13750912418844325127126414.369
1949BOS15556615019439343159162481.343
1950BOS8933482106241289782213.317
1951BOS14853110916928430126144451.318
1952BOS610240113220.400
1952-53Military service (Korean War)
1953BOS3791173760133419100.407
1954BOS117386931332312989136320.345
1955BOS9832077114213288391242.356
1956BOS136400711382822482102390.345
1957BOS132420961632813887119430.388
1958BOS12941181135232268598491.328
1959BOS1032723269150104352270.254
1960BOS1133105698150297275411.316
CAREER 2292770617982654525715211839201970924.344

LED THE LEAGUE …

HR

194137
194236
194732
194943

RBI

1939145
1942137
1947114
1949159

AVG

1941.406
1942.356
1947.343
1948.369
1954.345
1957.388
1958.328

RUNS

1940134
1941135
1942141
1946142
1947125
1949150

Hank Aaron • 2002

Aaron, the home-run record holder for years, played first on a Negro League team, and was then signed by the Milwaukee Braves and sent to a minor league team in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was one of the first black players to break the color line in the deep South. Aaron was a quiet star and had to hold his tongue when he encountered frequent bouts with racism throughout his career, notably when he broke white star Babe Ruth's home-run mark at 715 in 1974. In his presentation, Bush said, "By steadily pursuing his calling in the face of unreasoning hatred, Hank Aaron has proven himself a great human being, as well as a great athlete." Hall of Famer Aaron later became a front office executive for the Atlanta Braves, for whom he still works.

FELLOW RECIPIENTS IN 2002

In 2002, President George W. Bush also awarded the Medal of Freedom to:

  • Bill Cosby
  • Plácido Domingo
  • Dr. Peter Drucker
  • Katharine Graham
  • Dr. Donald Henderson
  • Irving Kristol
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Gordon Moore
  • Nancy Reagan
  • Fred Rogers
  • Abe M. Rosenthal

MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVG
1954MIL12246858131276136928392.280
1955MIL1536021051893792710649613.314
1956MIL1536091062003414269237542.328
1957MIL1516151181982764413257581.322
1958MIL153601109196344309559494.326
1959MIL1546291162234673912351548.355
1960MIL153590102172201140126606316.292
1961MIL155603115197391034120566421.327
1962MIL15659212719128645128667315.323
1963MIL16163112120129444130789431.319
1964MIL1455701031873022495624622.328
1965MIL1505701091814013289608124.318
1966ATL15860311716823144127769621.279
1967ATL15560011318437339109639717.307
1968ATL160606841743342986646228.287
1969ATL147547100164303449787479.300
1970ATL1505161031542613811874639.298
1971ATL139495951622234711871581.327
1972ATL12944975119100347792554.265
1973ATL12039284118121409668511.301
1974ATL1123404791160206939291.268
1975MIL13746545109162126070510.234
1976MIL85271226280103535380.229
CAREER3298123642174377162498755229714021383240.305

LED THE LEAGUE …

HR

195744
196344
196644
196739

RBI

1957132
1960126
1963130
1966127

RUNS

1957118
1963121
1967113

AVG

1956.328
1959.355

Roberto Clemente • 2003 (posthumously)

At age 38, Pittsburgh Pirates star Clemente died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico on his way to help earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Major League Baseball has continued to honor Clemente's legacy by annually, at the World Series, presenting the Roberto Clemente Award to the player who most represents Clemente's humanitarianism. Hall of Famer Clemente also has had many schools named after him. In Miami, Fla., the Roberto Clemente Youth Club was created to help at-risk Hispanic youth stay away from drugs and violence.

FELLOW RECIPIENTS IN 2003

In 2003, President George W. Bush also awarded the Medal of Freedom to:

  • Jacques Barzun
  • Julia Child
  • Van Cliburn
  • Václav Havel
  • Charlton Heston
  • Edward Teller
  • R. David Thomas
  • Byron Raymond White
  • James Q. Wilson
  • John R. Wooden

MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVG
1955PIT12447448121231154718602.255
1956PIT1475436616930776013586.311
1957PIT1114514211417743023450.253
1958PIT14051969150241065031418.289
1959PIT1054326012817745015512.296
1960PIT14457089179226169439724.314
1961PIT1465721002013010238935594.351
1962PIT14453895168289107435736.312
1963PIT152600771922381776316412.320
1964PIT15562295211407128751875.339
1965PIT152589911942114106543788.329
1966PIT154638105202311129119461097.317
1967PIT147585103209261023110411039.357
1968PIT132502741461812185751772.291
1969PIT138507871752012199156734.345
1970PIT108412651452210146038663.352
1971PIT13252282178298138626651.341
1972PIT10237868118197106029490.312
CAREER 24339454141630004401662401305621123083.317

LED THE LEAGUE …

AVG

1961.351
1964.339
1965.329
1967.357

Frank Robinson • 2005

Now an executive with Major League Baseball and a Most Valuable Player in both leagues, Hall of Famer Robinson was honored largely for his breaking another color barrier. In 1975, Robinson, then with Cleveland. became the first African-American manager in the major leagues. He was, in fact, a player-manager. Robinson was widely regarded as one of the game's most aggressive and fearless players. Bush's citation, in part, read, "The United States honors Frank Robinson for his extraordinary achievements as a baseball player and manager and for setting a lasting example of character in athletics."

FELLOW RECIPIENTS IN 2005

In 2005, President George W. Bush also awarded the Medal of Freedom to:

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Carol Burnett
  • Vinton Cerf
  • Robert Conquest
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Alan Greenspan
  • Andy Griffith
  • Paul Harvey
  • Robert Kahn
  • G. V. Sonny Montgomery
  • Richard B. Myers
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Paul Rusesabagina

MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVG
1956CIN152572122166276388364958.290
1957CIN150611971972952975449210.322
1958CIN148554901492563183628010.269
1959CIN14654010616831436125699318.311
1960CIN139464861383363183826713.297
1961CIN15354511717632737124716422.323
1962CIN16260913420851239136766218.342
1963CIN140482791251932191816926.259
1964CIN1565681031743862996796723.306
1965CIN156582109172335331137010013.296
1966BAL1555761221823424912287908.316
1967BAL12947983149237309471842.311
1968BAL130421691132711552738411.268
1969BAL1485391111661953210088629.308
1970BAL13247188144241257869702.306
1971BAL13345582128162289972623.281
1972LA103342418661195955762.251
1973CAL14753485142290309782931.266
1974CAL/CLE14447781117273226885955.245
1975CLE4911819285092429150.237
1976CLE36675150031011120.224
CAREER 2808100061829294352872586181214201532204.294

LED THE LEAGUE …

HR

196649

RBI

1966122

RUNS

1956122
1962134
1966122

AVG

1966.316

Buck O'Neil • 2006 (posthumously)

The Negro Leagues player, historian and advocate was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom less than three months after he died at age 94. O'Neil is widely credited for helping break down the barriers of racial prejudice. "Buck O'Neil lived long enough to see baseball and America change for the better," Bush said in his presentation. O'Neil missed by one vote of being elected to the Hall of Fame five years ago, along with other Negro League and pre-Negro League figures but the Hall of Fame has established a special lifetime achievement award in his honor. After his Negro Leagues career, O'Neil joined the Chicago Cubs as a scout and later became the first black coach of a major league team. He also was the driving force behind creation of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.

FELLOW RECIPIENTS IN 2006

In 2006, President George W. Bush also awarded the Medal of Freedom to:

  • Ruth Johnson Colvin
  • Norman C. Francis
  • Paul Johnson
  • B.B. King
  • Joshua Lederberg
  • David McCullough
  • Norman Y. Mineta
  • William Safire
  • Natan Sharansky

NEGRO-LEAGUE STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSBAVG
1937Memphis 2811000000.125
1938Kansas City 309414224103118.234
1939Kansas City 291011224421944.238
1940Kansas City 259317326302655.344
1941Kansas City 2911316295212534.257
1942Kansas City 3614518395212534.269
1943Kansas City 19681223301915.338
1944-45Military service
1946Kansas City 5819736691162271212.350
1947Kansas City 165916184121047.305
1948Kansas City 42162144161139.253
1949Kansas City 4510917364011460.330
1950Kansas City 318314215211511.253
Total(through 1950)36212321873555720101363672.288
Statistical data for the Negro Leagues in the 1950s is very limited, because the leagues were dying off.
O'Neill was known to have played full time in 1951 and as a reserve and pinch-hitter as late as 1955.

Stan Musial • 2011

A three-time Most Valuable Player who holds the Cardinals' career records for hits, home runs and runs batted in, Musial is perhaps even a better person.

He never was ejected from a game in his 22-season career and he has remained a constant and inspiring presence in St. Louis since his retirement in 1963.

Over the years, Musial has been active on the President's Council on Physical Fitness, the USO, the Boy Scouts. Senior Olympics, Crippled Children's Society of St. Louis and other groups and charities. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, when the announcement of Musial's honor was announced, said, "Stan Musial is an extraordinary human being, a great American and one of the best players in the history of the game. He has long been a treasure of St. Louis, but he represents all the best of our national pastime."

FELLOW RECIPIENTS IN 2011

In 2011, President Barack Obama also will award the Medal of Freedom to:

  • Maya Angelou
  • John H. Adams
  • George H. W. Bush
  • Warren Buffett
  • Jasper Johns
  • Gerda Weissmann Klein
  • John Lewis
  • Dr. Tom Little
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Sylvia Mendez
  • Angela Merkel
  • Bill Russell
  • Jean Kennedy Smith
  • John J. Sweeney

MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVG
1941STL12478204017211.426
1942STL140467871473210107262256.315
1943STL1576171082204820138172189.357
1944STL1465681121975114129490287.347
1945-46Military service (World War II)
1946STL15662412422850201610373317.365
1947STL1495871131833013199580244.312
1948STL15561113523046183913179347.376
1949STL157612128207411336123107383.338
1950STL1465551051924172810987365.346
1951STL15257812420530123210898404.355
1952STL154578105194426219196297.336
1953STL15759312720053930113105323.337
1954STL15359112019541935126103391.330
1955STL154562971793053310880395.319
1956STL156594871843362710975392.310
1957STL134502821763832910266341.351
1958STL13547264159352176272260.337
1959STL1153413787132144460250.255
1960STL1163314991171176341341.275
1961STL12337246107224157052350.288
1962STL13543357143181198264463.330
1963STL1243373486102125835432.255
CAREER302610972194936307251774751951159969678.331

LED THE LEAGUE …

AVG

1943.357
1946.365
1948.376
1950.346
1951.355
1952.336
1957.351

RBI

1948131
1956109

RUNS

1946124
1948135
1951124
1952105
1954120

Sources: Baseball Hall of Fame, mlb.com, baseball-reference.com, wikipedia.org, archive.org, whitehouse.gov, "The Catcher was a Spy" by Nicholas Dawidoff