With little sleep the night before, Stan Musial stepped to the plate on Sept. 10, 1963, and provided a moment never before seen in the history of Major League Baseball. He had been up the previous evening waiting for the birth of his first grandchild, and in his first at-bat to follow, Musial clubbed a round-tripper, making him the first grandfather in MLB history to hit a home run. Featured here is Musial's trophy ball, which now resides in the Cardinals' museum collection, awarded to Musial for his "grand" moment.
This month's featured object was Stan Musial's trophy ball from the first MLB home run by a grandfather. Did you know that the Cardinals Hall of Museum collection includes an additional nine trophy balls from Musial? The Musials donated a significant collection of memorabilia to the Museum prior to its renovation for the 1992 Centennial Celebration of the franchise. This contribution included these trophy balls, bats, awards, jerseys, photos and even his varsity letter for sports from his high school in Donora, Pa.
Following one of the most dramatic comebacks in MLB history, the 2011 Cardinals found themselves in an interesting spot on Sept. 28, the final day of the season. The team was tied with the Atlanta Braves for the final playoff spot. The Cardinals dominated their game with an 8-0 win over the Houston Astros. The Braves went to extra innings against the Phillies but ultimately lost, cementing the playoff berth for the Redbirds. Shown here is one of the Champagne bottles used in the Wild Card celebration.