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Musial's birthday

Today marks the 89th birthday of Stan Musial's little brother, Ed, who played in the minor leagues in 1941 and then from 1946-50.

The younger Musial was an accomplished athlete like big brother. He played baseball and football in high school and starred at football for Army.

His sports career was interrupted by World War Two. Ed fought in Europe from 1942-45.

Like his brother, Stan, Ed started his baseball career as a pitcher but converted to playing the outfield. Ed was 0-7 in 1941 as a pitcher. He was a good hitter for average, but didn't show Stan's power. In 1946 he hit .334 for the Braves D team and .333 for the Cubs Class D affiliate and then. He was promoted to Class B where he hit .325.

A .304 career hitter in the minors, Ed hit only 23 homers in 1,585 career at bats with a .420 career slugging percentage.

When he hung up his spikes for good Ed got a job with Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh.

He died in December 2003 after a battle with lung cancer.

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