On This Day in History: Stan the Man Debuts

On September 17, 1941 Stan "The Man" Musial made his major league debut..  After being called up from the Rochester Red Wings, the 20 year old Musial got his first taste of the majors in the second game of a doubleheader against the Boston Braves, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.  He started the game in right field,  hitting third in the Cardinals line up.  In his first at bat he faced veteran knuckleballer Jim Tobin.  It was the first time that Stan had ever seen a knuckleball.  As a result, he popped out weakly to third.  The next time around Musial made some adjustments and stroked a two-run double, getting the first of his eventual 3,630 major league hits.  He got another hit later in the game, finishing 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's.  The Cardinals won the game 3 - 2 and Musial was on his way.

Two other baeball legends made their major league debuts on September 17, albeit on different years.  Check back later today to learn more.


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