There is a Stan Musial statistic that jumps off the page like a liner off a Louisville Slugger, but you will not fi nd it on his plaque in Cooperstown or even at The number has nothing to do with baseball and yet everything to do with the man who became “The Man.” Musial married his high school sweetheart, Lil, and stayed happily married to her for 71 years. Together they weathered his unlikely journey from dead-armed minor league pitcher to first-ballot Hall of Famer. Together they rose from deep Depression-era poverty in a western Pennsylvania mining town to…

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