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Updated: April 14, 2013 6:03AM



Stan Musial was an idol for the ages, the ‘perfect knight’

When Stan Musial, my boyhood idol, died in January, baseball lost one of its greatest players and Americans lost one of its finest citizens. In 2011 Musial received our nation’s highest civilian award — The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Many writers have praised Musial and I want to add my personal, heartfelt tribute to the list.

When I was growing up, a picture of Musial was on my bedroom wall. I am now 73 years old and I still have pictures of Musial on my walls.

Whenever the Cardinals came to Chicago, our family went to Wrigley Field to see them play. As a young man, I would drive to St. Louis and even fly down on weekends to watch the Cardinals.

Now my wife and I make an annual pilgrimage to Busch Stadium. When I was teaching and coaching, I would point out Musial as an example of how an athlete should conduct himself.

When he retired, “Stan the Man” held 17 Major League records, 29 National League records, and nine All-Star Game records. He was an All-Star 24 times and hit the most All-Star game homers ever (six). Of his 3,630 career hits, 1,815 were at home and 1,815 were on the road.

The inscription on his statue outside the ballpark in St. Louis reads: “Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.” I suppose that we all want our heros to live forever, and they will, in our hearts. I’m sure that when the great scorer comes across Musial’s name, he will place him in heaven’s Hall of Fame.

Don Toma

Merrillville

Students who stutter have access to free information

I am writing in regard to Dr. Wallace’s advice column “Student has stuttering problem” in which Dr. Wallace gave excellent advice on stuttering.

I would like to add, however, that in keeping with the title “Student has stuttering problem,” it should be pointed out to your readers that every “student” has the right to free speech therapy regardless of what kind of speech problem is at hand.

The website of The Stuttering Foundation — www.stutteringhelp.org — has a great brochure, “Special Education Law and Children Who Stutter,” that explains that every child in the United States with a speech problem has this right to free speech therapy, which can begin as early as preschool and continue through high school.

The only requirement for this amazing benefit of free speech therapy is that the child be enrolled in any type of school: public, private or religious. The website of this nonprofit organization also provides free resources and helpful information to people of all ages who stutter. Their toll-free helpline is (800) 992-9392.

Juan Gardea

South Bend



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