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Stan the Man reaches 3,000 hits - A Hunt and Peck

on May 13, 1958

Saturday was the anniversary of Stan Musial reaching 3,000 hits. The story behind it is great and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch has an excellent write-up about it on Here is a snippet from the first two paragraphs:

After the first game of a brief, two-day stay against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Cardinals great Stan Musial pulled aside his former teammate and current coach Terry Moore with a suggestion.

Musial's base hit in the first game gave him 2,999 in his career, one shy of becoming the eighth player in major-league history with 3,000. A homestand was set to start in a day, so Musial suggested he skip the game at Wrigley so that he could reached the milestone back at home, at Busch, in front of a home crowd.

Of course, reaching the milestone at home was not meant to be...

Another big thanks to David for the cool link!

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