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Musial memorabilia auction set for October

An estate sale of the personal belongings owned by Stan Musial and his wife Lil held last month generated considerable attention. This was the case despite the fact that most of the late Hall of Famer’s baseball-related memorabilia was not included.

That will change on October 24-26 as Heritage Auctions will be offering over 500 lots of game-used items, correspondence and mementos from “The Man’s” personal collection. This is reportedly the first time the Musial family has released items into the open market other than for charity purposes.

Among the items that will be offered for sale include baseballs from Musial’s 1,000th, 2000th and 3,200th hits, a 2004 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Ring presented to Musial (and all Cardinals Hall of Famers); and 2006 and 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Rings presented to Musial.

Historic correspondence and autographs include a letter written by Ty Cobb to Musial on the subject of hitting; a Babe Ruth signed baseball personally given to Musial as a minor leaguer; a Branch Rickey letter to Musial regarding his importance to baseball and many presidential items signed and personalized to Musial.

Game-used gear will include Musial’s 1945 Navy baseball uniform as well as St. Louis Cardinals game-worn material.

According to Heritage Auctions, these items will be available for online bidding on or about October 4.

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8 Responses to “Musial memorabilia auction set for October”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Encouraging to see some HRs in Milwaukee by Beltran and Holliday. We will need the down the stretch.
    This chat about Piscotty reminds me how less exciting he is than Oscar. It seems like the medical diagnosis this summer about Tavares was clueless. If Oscar’s brilliant potential has been diminished by horrible medical incompetence, heads should roll. An ambitious sports team should want the best medical advice in the league, while we seem to enjoy some of the very worst.

    • Brian Walton says:

      On the main message board at The Cardinal Nation, a person who appears to be a medical professional with obvious experience with high ankle sprains explains the difficulty at times in properly treating the problem.

      • blingboy says:

        I got the feeling the knowlegable commenter was looking at the Taveras case in isolation, while some of us are looking at it in light of many cases over several years. I understand that diagnosis is not just an exact science and judgement calls need to be made. The thing is, when events eventually prove that the decision that was made pursuant to that judgement seems to have been wrong, and that happens regularly, a pattern is observed. That makes it entirely reasonable for the layman to think that the Taveras situation was botched.

        I, too, appreciated the commenters input, so I didn’t press the issue.

    • Bw52 says:

      What`s the matter Jumbo? Piscotty looks like a solid everyday ballplayer with good defense and some power.While maybe not as a big flash as Oscar Taveras Piscotty seems like a guy who can play.Plus Piscotty has been able to stay healthy.In late 2014 or 2015 both Piscotty and Taveras should be mannig the outfield.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Taveras is the most promising left swinging OF since Musial. Better then Drew and towering over Rasmus. He needs to be looked after carefully.
        After Lohse got hit on his pitching arm by a pitch and suffered an obscure injury. Happily for Kyle, his agent was Boras. Boras will make sure his guys get the very best medical advice. Kyle had a rare operation and after that he was a super winner in 2011 and 2012.
        Meanwhile the Cards evaluated Furcal last September. A fiasco of witchcraft followed by missing 2013,
        Oscar is at the mercy of whatever cheap quacks Mo has as advisors. I hope Oscar survives.

  2. Brian Walton says:

    One problem I have with all the medical witch hunting is an inherent assumption that the Cardinals don’t want their players healthy and on the field as much as possible.

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