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STAN MUSIAL’S 90th BIRTHDAY PARTY

Luncheon diners at the Des Peres Road Missouri Athletic Club joined in singing “Happy Birthday” to Stan Musial, the pride of the Cardinals. Then, surrounded by a bevy of longtime pals, Musial acknowledged the salute as he did the night before, when customer’s at Kreis’ Restaurant gave him a standing ovation as he arrived with family members. There, he proceeded to chow down on his favorite – crab cakes. At the MAC, he was toasted by automobile dealer Bill Suntrup, who said as he turned to Musial, “Your humility never fails to take our breaths away.” Entrepreneur Lester Miller, who will fly Musial, his wife, Lillian, and 30 members of his family to D.C. in January to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, recalled his youth when he worked at Brooklyn’s

Ebbets Field as a turn-style attendant. He said, “I watched Stan hit a ball into Bedford Avenue behind the ballpark.” Miller also told the group about Bill DeWitt, Jr’s early visit to Lester’s in Ladue, where Miller had commissioned the Musial statue in front of the restaurant. Miller said he told DeWitt, “My statue is better than yours and is now worth a lot of money.” Tomato bisque and sliced bananas were served Musial, while his grandson, Brian Schwarze, who once played with the Cardinals’ minor, confided, “All of the grandchildren endearingly call Stan “Poppo.” Asked by Pat Corley, if he was surprised the Yankees were beat, Musial nodded his head. Stan told the columnist, that in his youth, he wanted to play basketball. Dave Edmonds, who is married to Stan’s daughter, Jeanne, said

that he was able to tell Musial, who was in Poland at the time, about the birth of Edmonds’ son and Stan’s ninth grandchild. It seems Musial, who was in Poland at the time, had been informed with the help of former President George H.W. Bush, who worked out of the American Embassy there – all attributed to faulty long distance. “So, the birth of Andrew completed the team,” joked Edmonds.

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