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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 11:00 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — At 92, Stan Musial remains a beloved figure in St. Louis and throughout the baseball world.

Though he is battling the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, Musial still makes appearances at Busch Stadium, most recently during the National League Championship Series in October. Stan the Man turned 92 on Wednesday.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/UVZUcw ) reports that the National Sportsmanship Award given annually at the signature event of the St. Louis Sports Commission has been renamed for Musial. It was recognition of the character and integrity Musial displayed not only during his Hall of Fame career with the Cardinals but in the nearly five decades since his retirement in 1963.

“Look at his statistics and it’s clear he’s one of the greatest players who ever lived, but he’s also the nicest person you ever want to meet,” said Mike Bush, KDSK news anchor and the host of the annual sportsmanship awards.

The Donora, Pa., native, was a three-time National League most valuable player, seven-time batting champ and 24-time All-Star. He had 3,630 career hits — 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road. He played 3,026 games and wasn’t ejected from one of them. And his status as a civic icon has grown since his retirement.

“To me, St. Louis is Stan and Stan is St. Louis when it comes to athletics,” said Brian Schwarze, Musial’s grandson.

With Musial’s birthday on the eve of Thanksgiving, the Post-Dispatch asked several notable St. Louisans and St. Louis sports figures about why they’re thankful for Musial. Here are some of their responses:

NFL Hall of Famer and CBS broadcaster Dan Dierdorf: “I’ve done a few things in my life, I’ve been around, I’ve accomplished a few things, so why am I still a kid when Stan Musial calls me ‘Dan the Man’? My knees start to buckle. My goodness, this is Stan Musial. ... I think he’s just about the perfect storm for St. Louis. Baseball will always be king in St. Louis. Our love of that sport is unparalleled, and he’s the most popular player of the most popular sport we have.”

Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa: “He’s a true living legend. When I was hired I had heard all the stories and I had the sense you know, he can’t be as good a person as everybody says he is. No one can be, right? After being around him and being around the Cardinals, he absolutely is. He is better.”

NBC Sports and MLB Network broadcaster Bob Costas said: “For more than 20 years, NL pitchers found it almost impossible to consistently get Stan Musial out, but it is truly impossible to find anyone who doesn’t respect and admire him. He is a national, and especially a St. Louis, treasure.”

Native St. Louisan and Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra called Musial a “proud, classy, charming, just a wonderful guy” and “a symbol of everything good (in St. Louis).”

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Normandy vs. Carnahan, 5:30 p.m.

Pacific vs. Rockwood Summit, 7 p.m.

North Tech vs. Union, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North vs. Carnahan, 5 p.m.

CBC vs. Soldan, 6:30 p.m.

Borgia vs. North Tech, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

New Haven at Belle    6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Festus at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

#St. Clair vs. St. Vincent    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

#St. Clair vs. Jefferson    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

#Crystal City Tny    5/6:30/8 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Girls Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Washington 61, St. Clair 49

Saturday, Nov. 29

@Pacific vs. North County    2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

St. Louis Patriettes at Union    7 p.m.

&Pacific vs. Marquette    7 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

&Pacific vs. Ft. Zumwalt West/Rosati-Kain    4/5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

Pacific at Marquette Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wrestling

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Washington at Owensville/Rolla    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Union at Ladue    5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Union, Borgia at Washington    6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington, Pacific at Westminster Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Thursday, Dec. 4

Borgia at Burroughs    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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