The St. Louis Blues will honor the memory of one of the city’s greatest athletes on Sunday when the team takes on the Minnesota Wild. During warmups, Blues players will all wear special jerseys with the name and number of recently deceased St. Louis Cardinals‘ Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial. Musial’s passing last week at the age of 92 affected not just Cardinals fans or baseball fans, but all St. Louis sports fans, and this is a great tribute by the Blues organization.
Musial played for the Cardinals for all 22 seasons of his MLB career, and is considered one of the best hitters in the history of the game. He hit 475 home runs, drove in 1,951 runs and had 3,630 hits in his career. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 and is so beloved in Missouri that there is a bronze statue of him inside the state capitol building’s Hall of Famous Missourians.
The jerseys will be signed by each player and auctioned off for charity after the game (expect Vladimir Tarasenko‘s to be among the most expensive). The Blues also took out an ad in the St. Louis paper as well, which expressed their sympathy and showed the scoreboard from their 6-0 shutout of the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 27 (Musial wore No. 6 during his career). A hot start has the Blues fourth in the Western Conference with a 3-1 record, and expect the home crowd to power them to a fourth win Sunday as they honor a St. Louis icon.
Jonathan Katje covers the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.