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January 20, 2013
Even when he became a baseball legend and celebrity, he never forgotten the people of Donora and the Mon Valley. May his life be an example to young people that they can succeed to reach their goals with hard work and determination.
January 20, 2013
"Stan the Man"...a classic athlete and a genuine role model. My condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Stan Musial.
January 20, 2013
Although an American Leagues fan since 1959, I sure had a whole lot of respect for Mr. Musial. His whole way of living was a great example for me and many others.
January 20, 2013
I had the privilege to watch him play. Especially on Stan Musial Day at Forbes Field. He was "Stan The Man" before "you da man" RIP arguably the best.
January 20, 2013
Stanley Frank Musial, from Donora PA, the "Donora Greyhound" as I remember from my '50s baseball card collection. One of a kind and a real gentleman. He use to "moider" my Dodgers and the fans would yell out; "Here comes THAT man again". RIP, my baseball hero.
January 20, 2013
The following is from a letter I sent to George Vecsey, author of Stan's biography, after he wrote a column in the New York Times on Stan's birthday several years ago.


Reading your wonderful piece on Stan Musial reminded me of another Eastern European from Western Pennsylvania, my grandfather, Michael Buchta.

Grandpa Mike was born in Galacia, and migrated to Lyndora, Pennsylvania. He lived on the same street as Andy Warhol's family, worked in a steel mill, and played first base on the company team, a 5'5" clean-up hitter.

And like Stan, Grandpa was born on November 22...in 1894. And he never celebrated his birthday after 1963.

I remember when Grandpa's 70th birthday approached in 1964. My mom and her sisters wanted to have a party for him, but he said. "No cake. No cards. My president died. Sad day. No more celebrate."

And he never celebrated his birthday again. Not for the 28 more years he lived.

I have always found it impressive that western Pennsylvania has both some of the toughest athletes and some of the lowest crime rates in America. Perhaps it comes from a culture that expects you to work hard, play hard, but play fair.

Yes, happy birthday, dear Stanley. But if you say no cake, no card, sad day, no more celebrate, I understand. But I sincerely hope you break one more record, one held by grandpa Mike: 98 years and 8 months.
January 20, 2013
He was a wonderful role model for young people. I will miss him.
January 20, 2013
To the Greatest Cardinal of them all and my boyhood idol. God be with you.
The Man.
January 20, 2013
I remember vividly listening to the radio in 1954, when Stan Musial hit those five home runs. It was one of the most exciting days of my life. Later, in the 1970's we lived in St. Louis and one Sunday afternoon, our neighbor called and said, "Do you want to come over and meet Stan Musial?" OMG What a thrill! I only wished my father could have been with me. Mr. Musial was so warm and gracious, just as I pictured him listening to all those ball games, back on our farm in Macon County, Mo. His inspiration continued long past his playing days.
January 20, 2013
Here lies baseball's perfect warrior
Here lies baseball's perfect knight.

My hero for 61 years, RIP.

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