July 22, 2014

Cardinals mourn death of Musial’s wife

Lillian Musial, wife of National Baseball Hall of Fame member Stan Musial, shown in this October 1, 2006 file photo. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The St. Louis Cardinals family is mourning the death of Lillian Musial, the wife of Stan Musial. She was 91. In a statement released by the club, Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. “Lil was the love of Stan’s life. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of so many people. From her selfless work in organizing the Cardinals Pinch Hitters group to her more recent efforts to help homeless, runaway girls with the Covenant House, Lil was always helping others.”

Lil first met Stan after her father took her to see the Donora Zincs play in 1934 near her hometown in McKean, PA. The 15-year old Musial was pitching for the semi-pro baseball team at the time. Stan and Lil became high school sweethearts. They married in May of 1940.