(NEW YORK – Jan. 31, 2013) – Sports Illustrated has published a special collector’s issue commemorating the career of “Stan the Man,” St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial. The 76-page magazine has arrived on newsstands and at area retailers—including Schnucks Markets, Dierbergs, Save A Lot, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Hastings, Kroger, Hy Vee, Costco and 7-Eleven.
Through gorgeous action photography and classic Sports Illustrated articles, take a journey through the stirring years of Musial’s peerless career. A breakdown of his life is augmented by beautifully written portraits celebrating his career as it happened and reflecting on its greatness after he passed away.
The special edition, which will be sold at the price of $7.99, features a photo of Stan Musial in his St. Louis Cardinals uniform on the cover with the billing STAN MUSIAL: A SALUTE TO THE MAN.
Highlights for the commemorative edition include:
- The Dawn of Stan (page 12)
- Sunshine in Donora – From his early days as a pitcher in a mining town, Musial found bliss on the ballfield (page 14).
- First of 3,000 Games – 1941: On a Wednesday in St. Louis a manager gave the new kid a shot (page 18).
- Stan at His Best (page 24)
- The Day The Man Hit Five – In a May doubleheader Musial delivered a record-breaking day (page 26).
- No Finer Example – Named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year, Musial was the embodiment of the award (page 30).
- Stan’s Last Stands
- Still In The Game – In 1960, diminished but still dangerous, the Man adjusted to the realities of age (page 42).
- One Final Swing – 1963: In his farewell Musial was feted at parks all over and, finally, at home (page 48).
- A Second Act
- The Man In Charge – Musial brought his optimism and his love of baseball to a new job as GM (page 64).
- The Man In Full – The perfect Knight lived with a quiet brilliance and a spirit forever vital in St. Louis (page 68).
- Stan, Forever – Last shot: How to hit .300 (page 76).
As with all Sports Illustrated Presents commemorative issues, this special collector’s edition is separate from the current weekly issue of Sports Illustrated, which is dated Feb, 4. 2013.
St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial, who passed away last week at the age of 92, is on a special regional four-cover series of the Jan. 28, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands Wednesday. This is the first time Sports Illustrated has run an issue with four consecutive covers of the same person and is the second time Musial has been featured by himself on a Sports Illustrated cover. In 1957, Musial was Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.
“When we heard the news of Stan Musial’s passing, we recognized an extraordinary opportunity,” said Sports Illustrated Managing Editor Christian Stone. “Across a series of four covers with vintage images and accompanying quotes, we were able to better tell the story of an uncontroversial sports legend beloved by fans in St. Louis and baseball fans around the world. Who better to be the first person to ever be featured in four consecutive covers of SI than Stan the Man?”
Playing in an era that saw fellow stars Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Ted Williams gain more notoriety thanks in part to playing in larger media markets and also for being known for off the field feats, Sports Illustrated senior writer Richard Hoffer takes us back to the consistent greatness and legacy of Stan the Man in this week’s Sports Illustrated (PAGE 23).
Musial’s stats were astounding: Lifetime .331 hitter with 3,630 hits, including a 16-season run of .300-plus seasons and a 9-season stretch of .330 plus. And while you may not think of him as a home run hitter, he did hit 475 of them. His teams also won—St. Louis took home three World Series titles during his tenure. Musial was viewed by many as the most feared hitter in the game.
“Throw him four wide ones,” was Preacher Roe’s advice, “and pick him off first.”
“Throw it under the plate,” suggested Leo Durocher (PAGE 24).”
Hoffer also notes how loyal Musial was: he spent 22 seasons with the Cardinals (and remained associated with the team up to his death); was married to his wife Lillian for 71 years; and served in the Navy, which briefly interrupted his playing career. He was the perfect Midwestern hero, always there, always cheerful and always ready to whip out his harmonica or tell a joke. Once asked the secret of his baseball longevity, he seemed to poke a little fun at his own stolid image. Musial once said: “Get eight hours of sleep regularly. Keep your weight down, run a mile a day. If you must smoke, try light cigars. They cut down on inhaling…Make it a point to bat .300 (PAGE 25).”
St. Louis has tried to repay its baseball figurehead with two statues, the first engraved with former commissioner Ford Frick’s words from Musial’s final game in 1963:
“Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight (PAGE 26).”
Download a high res image of the covers here.
For the First Time Ever YOU Pick the Cover of Sports Illustrated By Choosing The Best Sports Moment of 2011Posted: December 9, 2011
For nearly 60 years the cover of Sports Illustrated has defined the story of the day in sports. Upon its release, the iconic cover image stirs a spectrum of passionate dialog, debate, celebration, criticism and for those who believe in jinxes, fear. But there has always been one constant in that the cover choice has rested in the hands of the SI editorial team. Today, that all changes. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST, sports fans can visit SI’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sportsillustrated) to rank the top five sports moments from 2011 drawn from a selection of 15 images which correspond to the editorial staff’s selections for the best sports moments of 2011. The moment that receives the most votes will be featured on the cover of SI’s year-end issue. Voting begins today and will end on Friday, December 16th, the magazine cover that YOU picked will hit newsstands on Wednesday, December 21st.
Why is picking the cover a big deal? Listen to what some of the great athletes who have graced the cover had to say:
“To be on the cover of Sports Illustrated it’s kind of a stamp of approval that you’ve made it,” said Sugar Ray Leonard who has appeared on the SI cover 12 times.
The Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and Rafael Furcal appear on a regional cover of the Nov. 7, 2011, issue that is now available on newsstands in the St. Louis area. (Subscribers in the state of Missouri will also receive the issue with this cover.) It is the Cardinals’ 41st cover. Only the Yankees (73) and Red Sox (46) have more appearances among MLB teams.
Also in this week’s Sports Illustrated: The Chargers’ inability to win in the east, Clemson football is dancing with joy and David Beckham’s future in Los AngelesPosted: October 26, 2011
You’ve seen our World Series cover featuring the Rangers and Cardinals, read JaMarcus Russell’s side of the story and found out who the NFL’s fastest player is according to our weekly Players Poll. Here is what else awaits readers in the Oct. 31 issue of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands today.
PILE ON THE CHARGERS – DAMON HACK (@si_damonhack)
The Chargers’ 27–21 loss to the Jets on Sunday was the latest misstep in their recent history, when they have looked like a Super Bowl contender only to travel east and lose. Since 2000 they are a meager 8–18 on the road against the teams now in the AFC East and AFC North, including 1–4 at New England, 0–4 at Pittsburgh and 0–2 at Baltimore. For starting quarterback Philip Rivers, Sunday’s loss was his 10th in 11 road starts against the AFC East or AFC North since 2007. All of which solidifies a sentiment that has shadowed San Diego teams of recent vintage: that they are supremely talented and chronic underachievers (page 38).
On the Tablets: This week on his NFL podcast, senior writer Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) interviews Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and Colts vice chairman Bill Polian. Plus, the Week 8 edition of his “Last Word on the NFL.”