Pledge $6.00 or more in memory of Stan Musial and you will receive name recognition on a seven foot commemorative #6 display at Cardinal Glennon, honoring his work on behalf of our patients.
There is still room for 100 more names!
Stan was the Man for Kids!
One of the most well-known sites in St. Louis is the Stan Musial statue at Busch Stadium. Another monument to "Stan the Man" stands along Grand Boulevard at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. A large wing of the hospital, rising above the current entrance to the Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center, was built thanks to the work and dedication of the man who wore number "6."
Musial retired from the St. Louis Cardinals in 1963 with three World Series rings and recognition as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. His plaque was erected in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. Musial continued to be an active and beloved part of the community until his death on Jan. 19 at the age of 91. One of his favorite causes was helping the kids at SSM Cardinal Glennon.
In 1976 a press conference was held at the hospital to announce a $5-million fundraising campaign to build additional facilities for emergency room care and outpatient visits at the medical center. The chairman of the drive, photographed with one of those World Series rings, was Stan Musial.
"I've certainly been impressed with the hospital's pioneer work in the fields of genetics, blood disorders, problems of the newborn, heart surgery and viral diseases, just to name a few," Musial said at the event. "I wish everybody in St. Louis could see for themselves what tremendous work is being done in this hospital."
The new building held enlarged emergency rooms, a same-day surgery center, a new ambulatory care center and expanded laboratory and radiology facilities.
"The Man" continued to support the medical center after the successful building campaign. He often visited patients and signed autographs. One of his four children, Richard, served on the Board of Governors from 1982 to 1986.
Musial was a celebrity guest at the first Bob Costas Benefit for cancer patients at SSM Cardinal Glennon. He appeared at the benefit three times, sharing the stage with fellow baseball legends Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Ozzie Smith.
In addition to sharing jokes and memories, he served as a musical guest. With just a little bit of urging, Stan the Man would reach into his coat pocket for his ever-present harmonica and offer a rousing rendition of his favorite song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Cardinals fans can honor Musial's memory and his deep dedication to children through the 2013 Homers for Health program. A 7-foot "#6," will be displayed in the hospital that he helped build. The display will bear the names of all Cardinals fans who pledge $6 or more to this year's program.
"What a great way to honor his memory and make a difference in the lives of kids," says St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, who is the lead spokesman for Homers for Health. "The best way to honor Stan the Man is do something for someone else because that's what he always did."