The artwork, originally commissioned by Musial’s wife Lil in the late 1960s, had a prominent place in Stan Musial and Biggie’s Restaurant until it closed in 1986. The family wanted the piece, painted by artist Robert Templeton, to remain in the public eye into the future so donated it to the Club.
Stan’s son Dick traveled from Florida for the event. To close his remarks, he recited a poem that had been left behind at his father’s final resting place, the Mausoleum at Bellerive Cemetery in suburban St. Louis County, by an anonymous fan from San Antonio, Texas.
Dick Musial recited the poem’s closing this way:
…but for me and the Cardinal Nation,
We’ll take Stan the Man.
So everyone they put on spikes
and take their turn at bat
and pound the ball into their mitt
and tug upon their cap.
They all should take a minute
to stop and understand -
We may never see another one
as great as Stan the Man.
Through the SABR member news list, I saw mention that the Musial family hopes to learn the identity of the poet. If anyone has any information about this, please speak up!
Here is an October 23 video from KTVI FOX Channel 2 in St. Louis which includes Dick Musial reciting the part of the poem listed above.