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Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:45 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stan Musial’s fan base will get a couple of opportunities this week to say goodbye to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer.

The Cardinals announced visitation, funeral and burial plans for Musial, who died Saturday at age 92 at his home in St. Louis County after several years of declining health.

A public visitation will be 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cathedral Basilica, the elaborate Catholic church in St. Louis’ Midtown area.

A private funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the same cathedral.

Immediately after the Mass, a funeral procession will travel to Busch Stadium where the family will lay a wreath at the base of the Musial statue that’s in front of the ballpark.

The Cardinals will release the procession route later, a route that could draw thousands of fans given Musial’s enormous popularity. A private burial is planned.

Three high-ranking Catholic leaders will officiate the Mass: New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a longtime friend of the Musial family; St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson; and Bishop Richard Stika.

Musial was a seven-time National League batting champion and three-time MVP. He played 22 seasons, all with the Cardinals, and had a lifetime .331 batting average.

His nickname was simply “The Man,” and he retired from baseball in 1963.

But in the wide-ranging area of the country where the Cardinals are popular, he was just as beloved for his gentle nature and generous spirit.

After his death, former teammates recalled how Musial would often visit sick children in hospitals, even on road trips, never publicizing the visits.

He happily gave out autographed cards — an idea his friend John Wayne suggested — and would shake hands and pose for pictures for hours after appearances.

He was a joyous figure around St. Louis, often breaking out his harmonica for renditions of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

One posting on a Musial remembrance page on the Cardinals’ website read, “You could have called him ‘The Man’ just for the way he carried himself through life, even had he never hit a baseball.”

Another read, “Stan Musial — a great man, a great ballplayer, and emblematic of the Greatest Generation.”

Musial’s death coincided with the “Winter Warmup” weekend, where several current and former Cardinals gathered at a downtown hotel for the annual autograph show and dinner.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran said it was difficult to think about an Opening Day without Musial circling the stadium in a golf cart, waving to adoring fans.

“It’s going to be different, for sure — what he meant for baseball and what he meant to the city, the whole organization.

“It’s a sad moment for baseball but we have to remember the legacy he left behind in this game,” Beltran said.

Fans continued to make pilgrimages to the Musial statue Monday, leaving behind balloons, cards and other remembrances for the man once described as “baseball’s perfect knight.”

The statue first stood outside the old Busch Stadium and was moved to the new ballpark when it opened in 2006.

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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

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

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