Fifty years ago today Stan the Man Musial played his last game in Major League Baseball.
The 42-year-old grandfather collected two hits in three at-bats and drove in a run as the Redbirds defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in 14 innings at Sportsman's Park.
Bob Gibson, leader of the next generation of Cardinals who would guide St. Louis to three National League Pennants and two World Series championships over the next five seasons, threw nine innings and allowed only two runs on seven hits while striking out 11 Reds and walking one. But it was Ernie Broglo, famously traded in 1964 for another key piece of those championship clubs, Lou Brock, who would eventually get the win.
Brock was the most direct replacement for Musial on the Cardinals roster. He took over in left field, the position The Man played most regularly late in his career.