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No Wonder
Umpire Ron Luciano once told this story about Stan Musial.  “I was working in St. Louis and Don Drysdale was pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Stan Musial was the batter.  The Cardinals were down by one run, with two men on base and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning.  The count on Stan was 3 balls and 2 strikes.  Drysdale threw a fastball on the outside corner and Musial fouled it off.  Then he threw another fastball in the same place except when I raised my arm the ball tailed off the plate about four or five inches.  There was nothing I could do.  The catcher rolled the ball towards the pitcher’s mound.  The Dodgers started towards their dugout and 40,000 people saw me call Stan Musial out.  Musial stood at home plate looking at the batboy and told him to go get his glove.  As the batboy left for the dugout, Stan calmly said without ever looking at me, ‘I don’t know what league you were in, but all I want you to remember is that home plate is 17 inches wide.  The ball is supposed to touch it.  Now, calm down and take your time before you call a pitch.  Wait for it to cross the plate.’  The batboy handed Stan his glove and Musial turned and jogged away.  As I watched him run to first base, I thought, no wonder they call him The Man.”  
                                                          Andy Purvis


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