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Stan Musial Bridge: Late, Great Cardinal To Be Memorialized On I-70 Over Mississippi River

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Stan Musial.
Six months after the great Stan Musial passed away, the Cardinals icon is one step away from having the Mississippi River bridge on I-70 renamed in his honor. Legislation naming the project in St. Louis the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge" passed unanimously in the United States Senate yesterday -- and President Barack Obama is expected to very soon sign the bill into law.

If that long name sounds like too much of a mouthful to you, Senator Claire McCaskill has been pushing a shortened monicker -- the "Stan Span."

"Naming this bridge is just one small piece of trying to recognize an extraordinary man with great character, who was a wonderful role model to everyone in our community and across this country," McCaskill says. "So, I'm looking forward to the fact that in the future as everyone drives across that bridge they will explain to their children why it's called the 'Stan Span.'"

See also:
- St. Clair County Wants To Call Mississippi River Project "Veterans Bridge"
- Andy Gammon Bridge: Family of Killed Worker Propose Alternative Name
- Fans Flock to Busch Stadium Statue to Pay Tribute to Stan Musial

Here's footage of the Missouri senator's statement released late yesterday after the bill's passage.

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge name is the product of a compromise after some legislators on the other side of the river wanted a bridge named that honored those who serve our country.

Meanwhile, family and supporters of Andy Gammon, a worker who died on the project, have also pushed to have the bridge named after him. There has since been a separate effort to name part of the highway in his honor.

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Sam Levin
Fans outside of Busch Stadium after Musial's death.

After passage of the bill last night, the Musial children -- Dick Musial, Gerry Ashley, Janet Schwarze and Jean Edmonds -- released this statement through the Cardinals:

We are very grateful that the new Mississippi River Bridge will be named the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. Our father would be particularly proud to be forever linked to the many men and women who have bravely and selflessly served our nation.

And here's a Cardinals tweet from yesterday:

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Brianne Victor Gerzevske
Brianne Victor Gerzevske

Wow. Bitter party of one. Hate to break it to you, my friend, but not everyone in this city is a part of "Cardinal Nation." Also, I'm not shitting on anything. I even accepted the fact that he is well-loved and an icon. I wasn't even intent on pissing people off, though I knew I would. I'm "done fighting" as you say. Clearly you have proven my point.

MetalManalishi
MetalManalishi

Not here to stir the pot , just commenting on this subject while making an observation .

If it were up to Stan Musial himself , he would say please name the bridge after Andy Gammon , the young family man who died while working on the bridge in 2012 . Why would Stan Musial say that ?...... 'cause he was just that kind of guy , humble to the core .

I couldn't help but notice that no one else mentioned the young man by name ...just " the guy that died......" Sad .

Cappy Sue
Cappy Sue

Maybe there should of been a small section for Stan if they really wanted one there and given the title to the guy that freaking died building it.

Cappy Sue
Cappy Sue

I will be calling it the bridge the guy died building and they named it after someone who already gets honored all over the place.

Luke Schell
Luke Schell

Brianne, sorry to break it to you, but you are the epitome of a troll. Stan was a pillar of our community for more than 70 years. Not only was he a member of “the greatest generation” who fought in WWII, but he was a recipient of our nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He also was a leader in the integration of baseball which became a crucial turning point in the advancement of our nation's civil rights. Stan was, without question, the greatest player to ever wear a Cardinal uniform in the franchise's 111 year history, and yet the greatest of his accomplishmentments occured away from the diamond. Baseball is as much a part of this city as the Arch, or the Mississippi River and Stan will always be the face of baseball to St. Louisans. He is a national treasure, an inspiration, and beloved by this community. And you have chosen to shit all over that for no other reason than to piss people off. Is this really the cause that you're going to fight for? What an unbelievable waste of time. Do you think that you were engaging in a legitimate debate? That you're actually going to change anyone's mind? If so, than you're as delusional as you are an asshole. Why don't you fulfill your unceasing need for attention elsewhere.

Mary Ann McClenahan
Mary Ann McClenahan

As so many others, I also thought they should combine the names........he was a veteran of the US NAVY after all.

Nathan B Cromwell
Nathan B Cromwell

I'll call it what i named it back in April the Stan Musial veterans memorial bridge and yes i came up with that name April 5th 2013

Ashley Montes
Ashley Montes

Stan Musial is St. Louis because they make it so. I don't think that the progression of STL and the naming of bridges have ANY correlation whatsoever. I guess you can call it the Chuck Berry bridge if it makes you feel better. Or maybe they can fix the bridge to play "all I wanna do" when you drive over it.

Brianne Victor Gerzevske
Brianne Victor Gerzevske

Yes, I am a total Facebook troll. You caught me. I can say whatever I want to strangers behind the guise of the Internets. And I am doing it just to rustle your jimmies. Nice catch. OR I am going to call it like it is and tell you that saying some snarky comment like "Stan Musial IS St. Louis. Get over it" is the most asinine and ignorant thing anyone could say, whether they are a part of "#CardinalNation" or not. St. Louis has so much to offer and I am starting to believe that the reason we aren't progressing more quickly is because we do things like shove our heads so far up Stan Musial's rear that there is nothing else to see. Musial is an icon of the city. I get that. He was a veteran and a philanthropist, too. I get that. There are so many other societal and cultural contributors who were and are residents of this city. There are veterans nationwide who deserve MANY more accolades than this guy. St. Louis is NOT Stan Musial, never WAS Stan Musial, never WILL BE Stan Musial. Get off this man's junk. Seriously.

Laurie Johnson
Laurie Johnson

He did more than just run the bases. He is a WWII Navy Veteran and he has done many a great things for St. Louis.

Tim Chance
Tim Chance

I will probably call it "The New Bridge".

Brianne Victor Gerzevske
Brianne Victor Gerzevske

I'm sure people will cross the bridge for other reasons, though. Work, school, the airport. But yeah, most casinos and strip clubs???

Carleigh Ottwell
Carleigh Ottwell

But there's enough things named after them already! Tell that to the guys over in Afghanistan and worldwide who are away from their families and friends over the holiday. Maybe also to the folks who have lost a limb, and the families who've lost loved ones. Good grief.

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

If we wanted a Veteran's Bridge, we should have kept the one we already had

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

a section of the bridge will be named for those who died building it...they said so on the news

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

*otherwise known as "The New Bridge"™ for the next 20 years.

Nichole Ann
Nichole Ann

I'll be referring to it as the Veteran's Bridge...

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

What if 5 guys had died building it? Then what?

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

I'll call it the Stan Musial Bridge, NOT Veterans Bridge. There's enough things named after them already.

Nikki Vacant
Nikki Vacant

It could have been named after the guy who died building the bridge. That does seem a bit more important to me than some dude who ran around in circles playing with balls.

Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

I find it interesting that we will honor those that die in war defending our freedom but ignore those who die building the bridge so people can go to their casinos and strip clubs.

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