Cardinals’ beloved Musial dies Saturday at 92
ST. LOUIS – Stan Musial, one of baseball’s greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades, has died. He was 92.
Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.
The Cardinals announced Musial’s death in a news release. They said he died Saturday evening at his home surrounded by family.
Musial was so revered in St. Louis, two statues of him stand outside Busch Stadium. He spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals and made the All-Star team 24 times – baseball held two All-Star games each summer for a few seasons.
A pitcher in the low minors until he injured his arm, Musial turned to playing the outfield and first base. It was a stroke of luck for him, as he went on to hit .331 with 475 home runs before retiring in 1963.
Musial never struck out 50 times in a season. He led the NL in most every hitting category for at least one year, except homers. He hit a career-high 39 home runs in 1948, falling one short of winning the Triple Crown.
In all, Musial held 55 records when he retired in 1963.
Of his 3,630 hits, Musial got exactly 1,815 at home and exactly 1,815 on the road. He also finished with 1,951 RBIs and scored 1,949 runs.
Orioles manager Earl Weaver gets his final ejection at 82
BALTIMORE – Earl Weaver always was up for an argument, especially with an umpire.
At the slightest provocation, the Earl of Baltimore would spin his hat back, point his finger squarely at an ump’s chest and then fire away. The Hall of Fame manager even would tangle with his own players, if necessary.
The notoriously feisty Hall of Fame manager died at age 82 on a Caribbean cruise associated with the Orioles, his marketing agent said Saturday.
Weaver took the Orioles to the World Series four times over 17 seasons but won only one title, in 1970. His .583 winning percentage ranks fifth among managers who served 10 or more seasons in the 20th century.
Weaver was ejected 91 times, including once in both games of a doubleheader. He entered the hall in 1996. His ejections were overshadowed by his five 100-win seasons, six AL East titles and four pennants.
World Cup Ski Racing
Innerhofer wins downhill; Clarey sets speed record
WENGEN, Switzerland – Christof Innerhofer of Italy won the classic Lauberhorn downhill Saturday, and Johan Clarey of France set a World Cup speed record of 100.6 mph.
Innerhofer timed 2 minutes, 29.82 seconds down the 2.74-mile course, the longest on the World Cup program.
Klaus Kroell of Austria was second, 0.30 seconds behind, while teammate Hannes Reichelt was 0.76 back in third.
Clarey, who placed fifth, clocked the fastest speed recorded in competition in the 46-year history of the World Cup.
Vonn is back on top, wins her first downhill in five weeks
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Lindsey Vonn showed she’s back in form Saturday, winning a World Cup downhill for her first victory in more than five weeks.
The four-time overall champion defeated overall leader Tina Maze by nearly a half-second.
Vonn, who recently took 27 days off to regain her strength from an intestinal illness, clocked 1 minute, 38.25 seconds down the sun-drenched Olympia delle Tofane course.
Maze finished second, 0.43 seconds behind, and Vonn’s American teammate Leanne Smith was third, 0.89 back.