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Musial mourned by baseball community

ST. LOUIS — Stan Musial was remembered during a funeral and memorial outside Busch Stadium on Saturday as a Hall of Famer and a St. Louis icon embraced by generations of fans who never had the chance to watch him play.

Broadcaster Bob Costas, his voice cracking at times during a two-hour Mass, noted that even though "Stan the Man" who died at 92 on Jan. 19, was a three-time MVP and seven-time batting champion, he lacked a singular achievement. Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak. Ted Williams was the last major-leaguer to hit .400.

"What was the hook with Stan Musial other than … the role of one of baseball's best hitters?" Costas said. "It seems that all Stan had going for him was more than two decades of sustained excellence as a ballplayer and more than nine decades as a thoroughly decent human being."

Among those in attendance were commissioner Bud Selig, ex-Cardinals star Albert Pujols and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Whitey Herzog and 90-year-old Red Schoendienst, once a roommate of Musial.

Horses

Shanghai Bobby upset

Itsmyluckyday won the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes, a Grade 3 Kentucky Derby prep, in Hallandale Beach. He passed heavily favored Shanghai Bobby down the stretch and finished in 1:41.81, a record at Gulfstream Park for 11/16 miles. It was the first loss for Shanghai Bobby, who won the Eclipse Award as 2-year-old champion last week after winning his first five races.

Tampa Bay Downs: Smartys Emperoress, which went off at 16-1, won the $75,000 Lightning City Stakes by a nose in Oldsmar. Ridden by Angel Serpa, Smartys Emperoress ran 5 furlongs in 55.50 seconds. Trippin' Along and Christina d'Oro were second and third, respectively.

50,000th race: Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze rode the 50,000th race of his career late Friday at Golden Gate Fields near San Francisco. The rides for Baze, 54, and his 11,839 victories are North American records.

Et cetera

Figure skating: Ashley Wagner became the first woman since Michelle Kwan (1998-2005) to win consecutive U.S. championships, edging Gracie Gold by 2.27 points in Omaha, Neb. She won despite falling twice and two-footing one jump. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir won their first pairs title. The two had a big enough lead after the short program to overcome Shnapir catching a toe pick during side-by-side spins that resulted in him standing as Castelli finished. Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig, who train in Ellenton, took fourth. A day after routing the field in the short program, Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their fifth consecutive dance title.

Skiing: Lindsey Vonn beat rival Tina Maze on the Slovenian's home snow and in her best discipline to win a World Cup giant slalom. Third after the first run, Vonn won by 0.08 seconds.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in Brief 01/26/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 26, 2013 11:51pm]
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