Sen. Claire McCaskill released the following statement following the death of Stan Musial:

“Stan Musial was a national treasure that St Louis was happy to share. No one was more deserving of the love and respect that all of us had for the man, our man, Stan the man, Stan the gentleman. We all send our sympathy to the entire Musial family. There will never be another one like him. Heaven is now home to the perfect swing, the ready smile, and some darn fine harmonica tunes.”

In 2010, McCaskill led a bistate congressional delegation in encouraging President Obama to consider Musial for the Presidential Medal of Freedom — an honor he received on Feb. 15, 2011.