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The Stan Musial Tour of St. Louis

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In his later years, Musial would eat lunch every weekday at the Stan Musial Grill at the Missouri Athletic Club's West Clubhouse (1777 Des Peres Road, Town & Country). Usually accompanied by his grandson Brian Schwarze and his business manager Dick Zitzman, Musial would sit at the same table and eat the same sandwich -- ham and Swiss -- with bananas and applesauce and sign autographs for anyone who asked. He also celebrated his last three birthdays there.

The table itself has become a shrine of sorts, says catering manager Brittney Morgan. There's a permanent "reserved" sign on it now, and it's covered with flowers and other memorabilia.

Unfortunately, you can only eat at the Stan Musial Grill if you're a member of the MAC or have managed to convince a member to sponsor you. If you're merely a member of the hoi polloi, head over to Lester's Sports Bar and Grill in Ladue (9906 Clayton Road), marked by yet another statue of Musial. Musial wasn't quite a regular at Lester's, but he was a good friend of the restaurant's owner and namesake, Lester Miller, and donated signed baseballs and many, many photographs, which decorate the bar.

Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood (620 Market Street) has its own Stan Musial room, with pictures and signed bats and balls. Musial, tweets his grandson Schwarze, was generous with his autograph; signing was "a love and a passion."

Musial's own sports memorabilia company, Stan the Man, Inc., is temporarily closed.

Another way to commune with the spirit of Musial is to honor the causes that he supported, most notably Covenant House, an organization that helps homeless and at-risk teenagers. Musial lent his name to the group's biggest annual fundraiser, the Stan Musial Hall of Fame Gala, and his family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, mourners send donations to Covenant House instead.

Musial also supported the Polish-American Cultural Society and contributed to a scholarship fund to send a college student to spend a summer studying in the homeland.

You could honor Musial by visiting any of these places. Or you could just pull out a harmonica. And learn to play.


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Busch Stadium

Broadway & Poplar St., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Lester's Sports Bar & Grill-Ladue

9906 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO

Category: Restaurant

Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood

620 Market St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


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