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Topic:  Frank Baumholtz vs. Stan ‘The Man’ Musial

Topic:  Frank Baumholtz vs. Stan ‘The Man’ Musial
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stub
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  Message Not Read  Frank Baumholtz vs. Stan ‘The Man’ Musial
   Posted: 9/27/2017 11:30:26 AM 
Years ago on the death of Stan Musial, I posted the following story. Sept. 28 marks the 65th anniversary of this event:

On September 28, 1952, the last game of the year, Stan ‘The Man’ Musial, eventual Hall of Fame outfielder for the St Louis Cardinals and one of the greatest hitters ever in major league baseball, took the mound and pitched for the only time in his career, and he did so to only one batter, Ohio alumnus Frank Baumholtz, in a confrontation agreed upon before the game.
After beating Baumholtz of the Chicago Cubs to win his sixth batting title, Musial faced his adversary from the mound. Frankie was a left-handed hitter, but that day he batted right handed, the only time he ever did, ‘to even the playing field’. On the first pitch from Musial, Baumholtz hit a ball so hard that it ricocheted off the shin of third baseman Solly Hemus ending up in the left field corner. Baumholtz reached base on what was ruled an error. A gracious Musial maintained that it was as clean a hit as he ever saw.
Musial won the batting title that year with a .336 average. Baumholtz came in second with an average of .325.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Baumholtz vs. Stan ‘The Man’ Musial
   Posted: 9/27/2017 7:40:52 PM 
In front of me I have a reproduction of Frank's 1954 Topps baseball card. Thanks for posting this great story.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Baumholtz vs. Stan ‘The Man’ Musial
   Posted: 9/28/2017 11:41:41 PM 
stub . . . what a great story. Thanks very much for posting it. Since Frank was also a basketball player at OHIO, you might consider posting this on the basketball forum where it would get greater readership.


"It is better to be an optimist and be proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right."

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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Baumholtz vs. Stan ‘The Man’ Musial
   Posted: 9/29/2017 12:02:58 AM 

 

Last Edited: 9/29/2017 12:05:39 AM by OhioCatFan


"It is better to be an optimist and be proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right."

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