St. Louis Cardinals 2013 Yearbook: Stan Musial Through the Years (Excerpts, Photos)

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Stan Musial and his wife Lil in 1958. - COURTESY OF THE CARDINALS
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  • Stan Musial and his wife Lil in 1958.

Yesterday the Cardinals released the team's official 2013 yearbook, which is, of course, dedicated to Stan the Man. Chronicling Stan Musial's career one season at a time, the yearbook offers a colorful tribute to the legacy of the greatest Cardinal who ever lived. The publication features a range of rare photos from the club's archives and various baseball photo collections.

"This yearbook captures the extraordinary impact of Stan's legacy unlike anything ever presented before," Steve Zesch, director of Cardinals publications, says in a statement. "It's packed with details on all of the big games, record-setting performances and off-the-field experiences that distinguished Stan's tremendous career. This is a must-have for every Musial devotee and citizen of Cardinal Nation."

He's right. It has all sorts of goodies. Daily RFT took a peek inside and selected for your viewing pleasure this morning some of the best Musial references, factoids and photos from the publication, on view below.

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(Fans can order the yearbook online or by calling at 314-345-9303. It's also on sale at Busch Stadium and at many area retailers including QuikTrip, Walgreens, Cardinals Clubhouse stores, Wal-Mart, area grocery stores and Johnny Mac's Sporting Goods.)

In addition to the Musial tributes, the publication also includes action photos and studio portraits of all members of the 2013 Cardinals.

Here are some of the best highlights from the more than 250 pages of Musial memories:

1945: The Navy

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From the yearbook:

Jan. 5: Musial wires St. Louis Star-Times sports editor Sid Keener that he has not yet received an induction call from the Navy. Cardinals owner Sam Breadon says he only knows what he reads from press reports, which is that Musial's induction is imminent.

Jan. 19: Musial passes his military physical exam in Pittsburgh. Four days later, he is sworn in by the Navy.

1947: Christmas

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From the yearbook:

Three postseason surgeries, including an appendectomy and tonsillectomy, didn't prevent Musial from getting into the Christmas spirit. He joins teammates (from left) Del Wilber, Dick Sisler, Terry Moore and Red Schoendienst on Dec. 11 to open a Christmas tree lot in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton to benefit the Faust Park Children's Center and the American Cancer Society.

1948: MVP

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From the yearbook:

Adding to his ever-growing trophy case, Musial receives his 1948 MVP plaque from commissioner Happy Chandler (above) as the NL's first three-time winner of the honor, prior to the Cardinals' June 26 matinee at Sportsman's Park. Below: For the second time in less than a month, Stan receives the keys to a new car, on this occasion from St. Louis-area DeSoto dealers as part of Stan Musial Day ceremonies on Sept. 7.

Continue for more Stan Musial facts and photos from the yearbook.

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1949: 36 home runs

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From the yearbook:

Overcoming an early season slump that resulted from his deliberate attempt to swing for the long ball, Musial found his form and still wound up with 36 home runs. He hit 18 homers after Aug. 1, including this inside-the-park shot against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Aug. 15.

1950: Steal

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From the yearbook:

Punctuated by newspaper graphics of the era, Musial slides safely under the tag of Philadelphia shortstop Granny Hamner, but the Phillies ultimately overtook the Cardinals and the rest of the NL field in 1950, winning their first pennant since 1915.

1950: Dad

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From the yearbook:

With his father challenging Rogers Hornsby's club-record hitting streak, 9-year-old Dickie Musial watches Stan suit up before a late-July game at Sportsman's Park.

Continue for more Stan Musial facts and photos from the yearbook.

1953: Style

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From the yearbook:

Musial earned style points beyond the batter's box, donning fashionable attire of the times for this publicity photo at his restaurant in front of a painting he received in January 1953. The painting hangs today at Busch Stadium III, inside the Redbird Club concessions area.

1955: 2,500 hits

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From the yearbook:

Just 31⁄2 weeks after reaching the 300-homer plateau, Musial marks the career milestone of 2,500 hits with Wally Moon (left) and Red Schoendienst after achieving it in high style - a game-tying two-run homer that paves the way for a 9-5 win over the Reds, June 29 at Busch.

1956: All-Star Game

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From the yearbook:

Calling selection to the All-Star Game an honor second only to playing in the World Series, His swing still a thing of beauty in 1956, Musial knocked in 109 runs to capture his second NL RBI title, tied for second in doubles, and ranked fourth in both hits and batting average.

Continue for more Stan Musial facts and photos from the yearbook.

1958: 3,000 hits

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From the yearbook:

Musial becomes the eighth player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits, stroking a pinchdouble to left off Cubs starter Moe Drabowsky at Wrigley Field on May 13....

May 21: The Sporting News quotes several baseball immortals who congratulate Musial in reaching the 3,000-hit plateau. Nap Lajoie, the third player to reach the milestone (in 1914), says, "No one can begrudge Musial any honor he achieves. He's a credit to the game and deserves every recognition." Paul Waner concurs. "I was very much pleased to have Musial enter the 3,000-hit club," says Waner, who collected his 3,000th hit in 1942, Musial's first full season. "He's one of the finest players and gentlemen this grand game has ever produced."

1958: Lil

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From the yearbook:

Musial savors the milestone with wife Lil, who makes her way to the front row for a congratulatory kiss moments after the historic hit, before joining Stan on the field postgame.

And here's what the cover looks like:

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