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Hope you're enjoying your Memorial Day. 


While the day is set to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives, I fall in the camp of celebrating those men and women who gave their lives as well as those who made it safely back home. 


Really don't think there is a right or wrong way to go about it but if you feel inclined, hug a veteran today and take a moment to thank to thank those who lost their life protecting our freedom. 

 

CELEBRATING AMERICA AND THE MAN


Few things are as American as baseball and The Man. 


Stanley Frank Musial served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. You probably knew this. 


One thing you might not know: Musial credits his time in the Navy for developing his power stroke on the diamond. 


Courtesy of Baseball In WarTime dot com:


In 1944, Musial was 23 years old and batted .347 to guide the Cardinals to the World Series. He passed his Naval physical examination in June 1944 and reported for induction on January 23, 1945. Musial was assigned to Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Maryland on March 17, and played for the Bainbridge NTC Commodores baseball team. 


Musial credits his time at Bainbridge with helping him develop as a power hitter, stating that he altered his stance to pull the ball so he could hit more home runs to entertain the servicemen. 


THE STORY CONTINUES


In June 1945, he was assigned to the Special Services and sent to Hawaii. Three or four afternoons a week he played baseball for the Ship Repair Unit in the 14th Naval District League. "Ten thousand every game," he recalled. "you know, there were so many men around Hawaii, goddamn thousands and thousands of guys so this was a good diversion for them."


In August 1945, he even resurrected his pitching career, blanking an Army all-star team with a four-hitter in a game at Maui.


IN CONCLUSION

The Man is still The Man.


Enjoy your barbecues, beer and Birds vs Yankees today. 


I doubt you can get more American than that.

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