A who's who list of Major League Baseball stars and leaders will be in attendance Saturday for St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial's funeral.
And, while the public is not allowed to attend the 11 a.m. funeral Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, they will be able to see the event from start to finish on local television or listen to it, like one of Musial's 3,026 games from 1941-63, on the radio.
National sports broadcaster Bob Costas is expected to speak at Musial's funeral; Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig also is expected to attend.
A group of Cardinals Hall of Famers including Red Schoendienst, Musial's roommate on Redbirds road trips during his playing career, Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Whitey Herzog are expected to attend.
Other former Cardinals players including Joe Torre, National League Most Valuable player in 1971, and 2006 World Series player Jim Edmonds are expected to be there along with former St. Louis manager Tony La Russa.
National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson also is expected to be in attendance. Musial, in addition to being a Hall of Famer himself, also worked for many years as a member of the organization's Veteran's Committee.
Local network affiliates will cover the funeral Mass, in its entirety without commentary or other interruption, and the procession to the Musial statue at Busch Stadium, where a wreath will be placed by family members on their way to the cemetery.
The events also will be covered by Fox Sports Midwest from 10:30 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. both on television and through live streaming via computer.
Fox Sports Midwest later will replay its two-hour remembrance of Musial at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Fans who want to take part in person are asked to line up on the sidewalk along Eighth Street on the west side of Busch Stadium before 12:30 p.m. to see the wreath ceremony and funeral procession.
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