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Playbacks: The day Stan Musial became 'The Man'

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The 1946 season proved to be a memorable one, as Stan Musial and the Cardinals butted heads with Brooklyn’s “Bums” for a pennant. Musial proved his emerging star was legitimate by carrying his team like never before. Musial was at his best against the Cardinals’ chief nemesis.

During one midseason sweep of Brooklyn, Musial went nine for 18 in four games. At one point during the series, Post-Dispatch sportswriter Bob Broeg thought he overheard Brooklyn fans saying “Here comes that man” as Musial strode to the plate. When Broeg asked Cardinals traveling secretary Leo Ward about it, Ward explained the Brooklyn fans were referring to Musial as “the man.” Broeg used it in his account, and the name stuck.


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