On April 13, 1954, Wally Moon hit a home run in his first big league at-bat. While not the first in franchise history to do so, he would go on to become the first Cardinal named as the Rookie of the Year. Moon is one of eight Cardinals who hit home runs in their first MLB at-bats and is the only one to have accomplished the feat on his way to Rookie of the Year honors. The other seven "first at-bat sluggers" are Eddie Morgan, Keith McDonald, Chris Richard, Gene Stechshulte, Hector Luna, Adam Wainwright and Mark Worrell.
Stan Musial retired as one of the National League's most decorated players and was regarded as one of the greatest ambassadors of St. Louis throughout his life. We will never know the complete measure of his good will and service through accolades and accommodations over the years but the Cardinals Museum collection has over 200 trophies, awards and plaques given to Musial for his achievements both on and off the field. Clearly his nickname simply said it all, "The Man."
Featured here are two of Stan Musial's game used gloves -- an outfielder's glove and a first baseman's mitt. He had been known as a good defensive outfielder, but it was his time in the Navy when he was introduced to the infield position. According to Musial his lieutenant fumed, "Get out of there, you'll never make anybody's team at first base." After his return to MLB in 1946, he was moved to first and finished his career with over 1,000 games each in the outfield and at first base, along with MVP awards at each position!