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Monday, January 21, 2013 5:26 PM


Q:  Cardinals Hall of Fame outfielder/first baseman Stan (The Man) Musial, who died Saturday at age 92, played 22 years in the major league, getting a hit in his final at-bat nearly at the age of 43. What was significant about that hit?

A: Musial, seven-time NL batting champion, 24-time All-Star and three-time league MVP who led the Cards to three World Series titles, drilled an RBI single past Cincinnati Reds rookie second baseman Pete Rose – who would break his National League record of 3,630 career hits 18 years later.

Today in … 

1973 – In a battle of unbeaten fighters, 23-year old George Foreman upsets titleholder Joe Frazier to win the heavyweight boxing championship in the second round at Kingston, Jamaica. Foreman knocks down Frazier six times in the first two rounds. Frazier reels around the ring with blood gushing from his mouth, leading referee Arthur Mercante to call the fight. The bout is the first HBO telecast boxing match and is called by Howard Cosell, who shouts the now famous line: “Down goes Frazier!” Foreman will hold the title until defeated by Muhammad Ali Oct. 30, 1974, in Zaire. Frazier will try and recapture the title Oct. 1, 1975, but will lose to Ali in Manila.


Ravens runningback Ray Rice, born 1987. 49ers runningback Joe Perry, born 1927.