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Stan the Man has Alzheimer's according to new book

Best wishes to Cardinals legend Stan Musial who, according to a book that will next month be released about his life, is battling Alzheimer's disease.

The book, "Stan Musial, an American Life," was written by George Vecsey and chronicles The Man's career inside and outside of his fantastic baseball career.

It says Musial has been fighting the disease for several years. Although Musial's health has been in obvious decline over the last few years or so, things have been going as well as could be hoped for. Proof is Musial's public appearances, most recently he attended Cardinals opening day festivities. He rode around the warning track in a golf cart, waving to the fans and striking his famous left handed batting pose from his seat. Musial then was parked at the disembarking point of the team's motorcade where he greeted every player with a handshake.

Having seen Stan at the ballpark, at an autograph session and on television when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom over the last couple of years, I thought he looked the best he had in a long time March 31 at Busch Stadium. It warmed my heart to see him look so well and so happy.

Best wishes, Stan.