49 years ago today, on September 29, 1963, Stan Musial played in the final game of his 22-year, Hall of Fame career. In his 3,026th and last contest, Musial and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium by a 3-2 score in 14 innings.
“The Man” had two hits in his three at-bats before being removed for a pinch runner following his sixth-inning RBI single. It seemed fitting since Musial also had two hits in his very first game, back in September 1941.
There had been a pre-game ceremony attended by many, including commissioner Ford Frick, NL president Warren Giles and AL president Joe Cronin. Musial received a number of gifts, including a ring with the number 6 set in diamonds, presented by his teammates.
Musial retired with 3,630 hits, exactly half at home and half on the road (1,815 hits each). At the time, he owned at least 17 major league records, 29 NL marks and another nine All-Star Game bests.
This video clip, an excerpt from the 1990 documentary “The Legend Of Stan ‘The Man’ Musial,” shows Musial’s final at-bat. The clip was provided via the courtesy of Dick Zitzmann and Stan the Man Inc.