Sunday, January 20, 2013
The One Constant
Stan Musial and Earl Weaver died this weekend.
UPDATE: Ron Fraser, "the Wizard of College baseball," also passed. He made Hurricanes Baseball a powerhouse and it has remained so. He delivered two national championships and amassed a 1,271-438-9 in 29 seasons as coach. He was a class act.
Stan the Man was selected to the All Star Team 24 times, tied only with Willie Mays. He had 3,630 hits. In Major League Baseball. It still sends chills up my spine, but he had exactly the same number of hits on the road as he did at home. 1815. That's the mathematical equivalent of winning the lottery in every state. In your twenties. Twice.
Earl Weaver never made it to the Bigs as a player, but was one of the most successful managers of the modern era. He had passion, purpose and was a showman. I recall watching baseball with my Dad when I was 8, 9 and 10 and Earl would get kicked out often for arguing. 91 times, although some say it was 98. Either way, its a record that will stand forever. My Dad loved Earl. Me too.