Stan Musial statue has interesting story behind it

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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - There are many people who thought that the artist who sculpted the Stan Musial statue never really captured "the Man."

But Stan himself always rushed to the defense of the late sculptor Carl Mose.

On Sunday NewsChannel 5 caught up with the man who carved the base of the statue.

Bob Cradock etched the words that Commissioner Ford C. Frick said at Stan's retirement: "Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball perfect knight."

But Cradock says the statue actually got lost after being bronzed in Mexico. Somehow it was trucked to St. Louis, Pennsylvania, which doesn't even exist.

It remained there unopened for months and later had to be repaired.

"Finally, the truck line opened the crate, saw that it was Stan Musial, called someone in St. Louis and found a way to get it back to us. By that time, the bat was bent at 90 degrees. His elbow was all banged up and a lot of the bronze missing.

In case you didn't know, Stan Musial is the only player who actually has two statues in front of a stadium.

His other one, by sculptor Harry Weber, is in the Plaza of Champions.


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