Stan Musial Bridge: Governor Jay Nixon Pressures Pat Quinn With Press Release

Video from Senator Roy Blunt honoring Stan Musial on the Senate floor.

Press release from McCaskill's office:

McCaskill Proposes 'Stan Musial Memorial Bridge'

Upon completion of Mississippi River Bridge, Senator moves to honor baseball great with renaming

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is introducing legislation that would name the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis--which is currently being constructed and will span Missouri and Illinois--the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge," to honor the legacy of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball great.

"Stan Musial found a way to be an even better man and community member than he was a baseball player--and that's no easy feat when you're one of the all-time greats," McCaskill said. "He brought so much to St. Louis. I'm happy to find a small way to honor him and his family."

McCaskill will introduce the bridge-naming measure with Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois.

In 2010, McCaskill led a bi-state Congressional delegation in encouraging President Obama to consider Musial for the Presidential Medal of Freedom--an honor he received on February 15, 2011.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes those who have made an "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." The award was first given by President Harry S. Truman in 1945 to honor civilian service, and was revived in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy.

And here's Nixon's full letter.

Stan Musial Memorial Bridge letter

More from our Cardinals archive: "Photos: Fans Flock to Busch Stadium Statue to Pay Tribute to Stan Musial"

Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin. E-mail the author at Sam.Levin@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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