Though Stan Musial had lived in St. Louis from almost the time he became a major leaguer until his passing on January 19 at the age of 92, he did not forget his hometown of Donora, Pa. In turn, citizens of the town fondly remembered their native son when coming together on Saturday. A Memorial Mass in Musial’s honor was held at Donora’s Our Lady of the Valley Church.
A short video about the Mass can be seen on the website of Pittsburgh’s channel 11, WPXI.
Update: A much more detailed account of the service has been posted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
While the legislative processes in Missouri and Illinois progress toward naming the new Interstate 70 bridge over the Mississippi River the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge, or “Stan Span” for short, Pennsylvania officials were ahead of the game. The Donora-Monessen Bridge, which carries state Route 1077 over the Monongahela River between the towns of Monessen and Donora, was already renamed in Musial’s honor last year.
In other Musial-related news, the Missouri House Transportation Committee is entertaining a proposal to add a new state holiday. Stan Musial Day would coincide with “The Man’s” birthday, November 21, but as state-only recognition, workers would not receive an additional day off.