In Bizarre Baseball Culture, I take a look at some of the more unusual places where baseball has reared it’s head in pop culture and fiction.
A shorter one today, as we go back to bio-comics, this time looking at Stan Musial. Now, I’ve done a bio-comic before, but this one is different because it’s from a different era- the Golden Age of Comics! To be more specific, it’s from True Comics #78, in August 1949, from “Parents Magazine”. This is from the late Golden Age, a time where super-hero comics were in a low period and were being replaced by crime, horror and romance comics, no doubt leading to good wholesome fun like this to held up as being the last bastions of innocent virtue in comics.
But I digress. Here’s the part of the comic with Stan on it:
You can see it here, as it is in the Public Domain. Go below the jump for more:
While browsing eBay for baseball-related comics and Godzilla DVDs (easily two of the 50,000 best uses for eBay), I came across something interesting being auctioned that had originally come from an estate sale for Stan Musial. It’s not unprecedented, in fact, I’ve written about it before.
However, this is, to the best of my knowledge, the first time ever that you can go through a dead Hall of Famer’s wallet. Because, well…. Stan Musial’s wallet, and it’s contents, are currently for sale.
Yeah. Seriously. If you ever were a creeper enough to want to own a now-dead Hall of Famer’s family photos, insurance cards, proof of CPR training, honorary sheriff membership, devotional image of Pope John Paul II and a few hundred bucks… now you can.
And, guess what? You can even see the late, great, Stan the Man’s address, phone number and social security number.
Seriously. I’m not sure if this is funny or disgusting. Or, possibly, both.
Well…Only the internet, I guess.
Outside of Busch Stadium, there is a simple statue of a left-handed Cardinal at the bat. There are only two things inscribed upon it: The man’s name on one side, and on one of the other sides, a quote:
“Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.”