The Sports Xchange takes a closer look at reaction to the passing of Stan Musial, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, who died Saturday at the age of 92. A three-time National League MVP and seven-time batting champ, Musial played his entire career for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Here's a sampling of what writers, columnists and others around the country are Just Sayin' ...
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Without Musial's beaming smile, the world would be a colder place. In a modern sports culture being overrun by charlatans, cheats and frauds, we'd lost one of the truly good guys, a wholly sincere person that was 100 percent worthy of the love, respect and trust.
Baseball's Perfect Warrior, Baseball's Perfect Knight, was finally at rest. But don't be sad in the coming days. Musial, who spent his 92 years making others happy, wouldn't want anyone to be down.
Scott Miller, CBSSports.com
It goes without saying we lost another great one on baseball's saddest day in a long, long time. It was bad enough losing Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver earlier in the day. But when we learned Saturday night that Cooperstown was asked to send Musial as part of the package deal, it was almost too much to bear.
They don't make 'em like Musial anymore. They haven't in quite some time.
Tony LaRussa, former Cardinals manager
Stan Musial was the best that you can be as a person and a player.
Most of it was just the way he treated people, to see the respect he gave, the courtesy, the care, the sense of humor. That's how he was with everybody. And you think, 'I should be more like that.'
Albert Pujols, former St. Louis first baseman on Twitter.
I will cherish my friendship with Stan for as long as I live. Rest in Peace.
Willie Mays, via a statement released by the Hall of Fame:
I never heard anybody say a bad word about him. Ever.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon:
Stan Musial was a great American hero who -- with the utmost humility -- inspired us all to aim high and dream big. The world is emptier today without him, but far better to have known him. The legacy of 'baseball's perfect warrior' will endure and inspire generations to come.
Don Newcombe, a star pitcher for the Dodgers, told Sports Illustrated in 2010:
I could have rolled the ball up there against Musial, and he would have pulled out a golf club and hit it out.
President Barack Obama, in 2010 while presenting Musial with the Presidential Medal of Freedom:
Stan remains to this day an icon untarnished, a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman you'd want your kids to emulate.
Ty Cobb in a 1952 article:
No man has ever been a perfect ballplayer. Stan Musial, however, is the closest to being perfect in the game today.