Hochman: Musial, The Man and gentleman, was as ‘nearly perfect’ as his 1948 season


Sure, something can be mathematically irrefutably perfect, be it a score in bowling or on the SAT, and something can be categorized as perfect, be it a storm or a game.

But to identify a person or a creative work as perfect is imperfect, because perfection is subjective. Or perhaps unattainable — as the artist Salvador Dali once said, “Have no fear of perfection — you’ll never reach it.”

But the late Stan Musial, who was born 100 years ago this weekend, was called “baseball’s perfect warrior … baseball’s perfect knight” by then-commissioner Ford Frick, and that’s a frickin’ perfect description. And it’s the inscription on the Musial statue outside Busch Stadium — which itself, when it comes to statue stature, is far from perfect.

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