Stan Musial, baseball legend passes away at 92 UPDATED Legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver passes away at 82

One of the all-time greats is gone. R.I.P.

Stan Musial, one of baseball’s greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades, died Saturday. He was 92.

Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.

The Cardinals announced Musial’s death in a news release. They said he died Saturday evening at his home in Ladue surrounded by family. The team said Musial’s son-in-law, Dave Edmonds, informed the club of Musial’s death.

Musial was so revered in St. Louis, two statues of him stand outside Busch Stadium. He spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals and made the All-Star team 24 times — baseball held two All-Star games each summer for a few seasons.

A pitcher in the low minors until he injured his arm, Musial turned to playing the outfield and first base. It was a stroke of luck for him, as he went on to hit .331 with 475 home runs before retiring in 1963.

Widely considered the greatest Cardinals player ever, the outfielder and first baseman was the first person in team history to have his number retired. Ol’ 6 probably was the most popular, too, especially after Albert Pujols skipped town.

UPDATE! Earl Weaver also is gone this day

A hot-tempered bantam who screamed curses at umpires and sometimes at his own players, Earl Weaver made the Baltimore Orioles into a baseball powerhouse during his 17 years as manager.

He was infamous for his explosive diatribes, which got him thrown out of almost 100 games, and for nervously smoking cigarettes throughout games, but no one could deny that the “Earl of Baltimore” was one of the greatest managers in baseball history.

Orioles officials announced that Mr. Weaver died Friday while on a team-sponsored Caribbean cruise with many of his former players. He was 82. A report on theMLB.com Web site attributed his death to an apparent heart attack.

Known as the “little genius,” Mr. Weaver had an inventive baseball mind and used every imprecation in his colorful vocabulary to inspire his players. Once, when one of his pitchers was struggling on the mound, an exasperated Mr. Weaver implored, “If you know how to cheat, start now.”

He was a crafty strategist who preached a simple formula for baseball success — good pitching, solid defense and three-run homers.

I hate to hear this about Dana Loesch, Breitbart

I admired Andrew Breitbart, and the new media empire he built before his untimely passing. I am also a big fan of Dana Loesch, who works for Breitbart. Now, The Other McCain reports that Loesch is suing Breitbart.com

Rumbles of discontent at Breitbart.com, which I’d been hearing from various sources since spring, have finally erupted into actual news, as Dana Loesch has filed a federal lawsuit seeking (a) $75,000 and (b) to be released from her contractual obligations:

St. Louis talk radio host Dana Loesch, also a frequent guest on CNN, alleges in the suit filed in federal district court in St. Louis that the site is refusing to publish her work while “sabotag[ing] her attempts to labor in a similar fashion elsewhere through public misstatements and private threats to sue those who would otherwise employ Loesch.” . . .
Breitbart.com is “binding Loesch to what amounts to an indentured servitude in limbo,” she charges in the suit, which was first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

More at the BuzzFeed. It’s unfortunate that matters came to such a pass, and I don’t want to get into the blame game in a situation where I don’t know both sides of the story.

I would not take sides here, as I do not know both sides, but I will say I tend to be a person that says if your employee wants to leave, let them go. Stacy McCain has read the lawsuit and gets this from it 

OK, now having skimmed over the lawsuit, the claim is that in October 2011, Breitbart.com failed to exercises its option to renew Dana’s contract for another year, so that her employment thereafter was on a month-to-month basis. In September of this year — perhaps having been offered better terms by another site — Dana gave a month’s notice of her intent to leave Breitbart.com, at which point management claimed that she was still contractually bound to the company, and threatened legal action against any company that hired Dana.

Four word come to minds: Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

As I said, I can not understand why, if these allegations are true, Breitbart would go this route. 

Is Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit a trouble maker, or are Conservative bloggers being profiled?

Jim, who I have never met, seems like a good guy, and a patriot, and I am a big fan of his blog. So, I have no doubt that he never attacked anyone, which is what makes this story so weird. Jim went on Dana Loesch’ show to tell his tale

My first inclination is that someone is fabricating the incident trying to get Hoft in hot water. Liberals will certainly stoop to faking such incidents. Now, I could be wrong, but, again, I would not put that past some Lefties.

 

Dana Loesch interviews embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin

He is staying fast, staying in the race. Great interview by Dana via Donald Douglas

Akin, 65, portrayed himself as a man of principle, unwilling to give up his fight just because of comments that he portrayed as a minor misstep. “One word, one sentence, [on] one day out of place and all of a sudden the entire establishment turns on you,” Akin told Loesch, whose syndicated show is broadcast from KFTK-FM in St. Louis.

Here is the interview

Well, the stakes are pretty high, I hope he wins, but if he doesn’t it could really hurt the GOP nationally. But, if he does win, it might help end the current climate where one stupid statement or clumsily worded answer can kill a campaign.

UPDATE! Bill Quick is pleased to hear the news