“Here at home where it mattered most, we got it. We understood that it is more important to be appreciated than to be glorified, to be respected than to be celebrated, to be understood and loved than to be idolized, and that friendship is more important than fame. As the remembrances have poured in this week, I was struck by one in particular. In the early days of integration, more of the black and hispanic players came to the National League than to the American League. Some were met with open hostility, in fact they all were by some ball players. Some players were openly hostile, others kept a wary distance. Stan was not an activist by nature, he was just a thoroughly decent human being. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron have each many times in the past and again this week told the story of how at an All Star game in the 1950′s all the great black players: Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks were kind of gathered in a corner of the National League clubhouse playing cards, no white players anywhere near them, when Stan just walked up and casually said, “Deal me in.” That was his way of letting those players know they were welcome.”
-Bob Costas on Stan Musial
Bob Costas did an excellent job on Saturday of describing one of the truly great players of the game of baseball. It is rare to find a person who strives for the kind of excellence that Musial did, both on and off the field. Costas’ full remarks are well worth the time to watch.