There’s nothing like staring at a man in uniform to kick off the work week, right? In honor of MTV2′s new series, “Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave,” every Monday we’re putting the spotlight on one of the sexiest sluggers in the game. Here, overall stats, batting averages and team standings don’t completely dictate whether or not a player gets picked — see below for five reasons why this week’s pro made the MLB Crush Monday cut!
Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and first baseman Stan Musial.
“Off the Bat” will bring the heat on Tuesday, with a trio of sexy St. Louis Cardinals — pitchers Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha and Shelby Miller — stopping by the MLB Fan Cave. But since splitting an MLB Crush Monday title between three pieces of man candy didn’t seem fair to anyone, we decided to switch up the playing field and pay homage to a classically handsome Card who earned his spot in baseball’s Hall of Fame long ago.
Sadly, today’s selection, Stan Musial, passed away last year, but his legacy lives on forever. See five reasons why he’s more than deserving of the spotlight.
1. He had an awesome nickname.
“Stan the Man” is considered one of the best hitters in baseball history, as well as the best Cardinals player of all time. Musial spent his entire career — 22 seasons between 1941 and 1963 — with the Cards.
2. He was a man in uniform, twice-over.
After winning his second World Series championship in ’44, Musial went on to serve the United State Navy in World War II a year later. A true American hero!
3. He was an exemplary citizen.
In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Stan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest honor bestowed upon a U.S. citizen. POTUS said it best when he called Musial “an icon untarnished, a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman you’d want your kids to emulate.”
4. Musial was musical.
His hands weren’t only skilled at playing ball, he also used them to play the harmonica. Watch as he makes everyone smile with his rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 1997 Hall of Fame inductions.
5. He was the true definition of a committed husband.
Musial and his wife Lillian married in 1940, and their love lasted nearly 72 years, until her passing in 2012. Nicholas Sparks movies have got nothin’ on this real-life romance!