Harmonica giveaway has special meaning for Albert Hirson

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By Heidi Glaus

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - When you have lived almost 90 years, you have plenty of stories to share.

"My sister and I grew up listening to stories and it's funny cause I'm slowly meeting people over the years that say they're true," Diane Hirson said.

There are stories about attending the first game played at the old Busch Stadium.

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"Nineteen hundred and 66, May the 12th," Albert Hirson said reading the certificate.

And stories dating even further back about being a member of the Knothole Gang. So a trip down memory lane with Albert Hirson is quite interesting.

"I was in the hospital for a condition and they gave all the kids a harmonica," Hirson explained.

He started playing the harmonica when he was only six and years later was a member of the St. Louis Harmonica Club as an adult.

"I got to be pretty good," Hirson added.

His hands move a little slower across the instrument these days, but then again, he hasn't played in several years. He got it out for a special occasion.

"I have to admit it brought tears to my eyes and I called my dad and said, 'It's harmonica night, It's Stan the Man Harmonica Night. Want to go?'" Diane his daughter explained.

Because Albert Hirson also has a story about Stan the Man.

"I didn't know Stan, I don't want to give that idea, but we were playing in the club and Stan came in and joined in. You know people who are celebrities don't normally do that," Hirson said.

He may not play the harmonica much these days, but he still watches Cardinals games and tonight for the first time he's heading to the new Busch Stadium with his harmonica in hand to see them in person and to play along during the seventh inning stretch in honor of Stan the Man.


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