Stan Musial Signed Bank Checks (100)
"How good was Stan Musial?" asked Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully. "He was good enough to take your breath away." Musial was good enough to make the Hall of Fame by hitting .331 lifetime, with 475 home runs, second only to Mel Ott's 511 when Musial retired. "Stan the Man" played 22 Major League seasons, all with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played from 1941-44, and after a stint in the U.S Navy, from 1946-63. An outfielder and first baseman, Musial won seven National League batting crowns, three NL MVP Awards, and was a part of three Cardinal World Champions. Musial is from Donora, Pennsylvania, and Stan went to high school with Buddy Griffey, father of Ken Griffey and grandfather of Ken Griffey, Jr. Famed baseball statistician Bill James has fun saying that, "Ken Griffey Jr. is the second best left-handed hitting, lefty throwing outfielder from Donora, Pennsylvania." Musial got his famous nickname from a game on June 23, 1946 against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn. He was killing the Dodgers, so when he came to bat, the fans keep saying, "Here comes that man." Sportswriter Bob Broeg repeated the nickname in the next day's St Louis Post-Dispatch and Musial obtained a colorful moniker that stuck. The one hundred cashed checks, measuring 3.125x8.125", are neatly signed by Musial in black marker or in blue ink. All of the checks are issued from the American National Bank in St. Louis. Printed on the front of each check is "Stanley Musial Special Account." The checks are in excellent condition, and they gave a peek at Musial's finances. Quite a number of the checks are written to charity: Disabled American Veterans, the Convent of the Good Sheperd, Ladies Auxiliary - St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Raphael's Holy Name Society, and March of Dimes. There are many checks to unknown individuals, and checks for gas, water, and electric bills, and to pay for insurance. There are checks to markets and even several checks to the Internal Revenue Service. What is most interesting about the checks is not that they are so extraordinary, but that they are so normal, checks in usually modest amounts going to everyday people and businesses. Of course, each check is signed by a very extraordinary man, one of the best hitters in baseball history, the marvelous Stan the Man Musial.
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