Stan Musial's biggest day: May 2, 1954

Posted by Scott Wuerz on May 2, 2013 

On this date 59 years ago, Stan Musial enjoyed what may have been the best day of his remarkable career.

He hit five home runs in a double header against the New York Giants at Sportsman's Park.

In the first game, Musial walked in the first against starting pitcher Johnny Antonelli but he was stranded on the bases. In the third inning, he hit a solo homer to put St. Louis up 2-0. The Cardinals fell behind but Musial hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 5-4.

Musial field out in the sixth inning with the game tied at six. But he put St. Louis ahead 9-6 with a three-run shot in the eighth inning that proved to be the deciding blow. The Redbirds would eventually win the game 10-6.

In the second game, Musial walked in the first inning and scored. He led off the third with a fly out to center. After four innings the Giants led 8-3 and Musial seemed to take it on his own shoulders to try to bring the Birds back.

He hit a two-run homer to score Red Schoendienst in the fifth inning and in the seventh he launched a moon shot to right field to cut the deficit to 8-6.

But the Cardinals could come no closer and lost the second game of the twin bill by a 9-7 final.

Of course I can't forget to mention that the only other major leaguer to hit five homers in a single day, Nate Colbert, was in the stands that historic day. Colbert, a St. Louis native, would accomplish the feat for the San Diego Padres.

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