Stan “The Man” Musial was no stranger to Hot Springs. Although he never played a game here he visited often to enjoy all that the Spa City had to offer.
After the 1950 season Stan and his good friend Yogi Berra, a St. Louis native, came to the city for some winter conditioning and relaxation. He returned many times to hunt and fish with his friend, Hot Springs resident, and ex-major league pitcher and umpire, Lon Warneke ( who was known as the Arkansas Hummingbird).
Some of the most fun times Stan had in Hot Springs were when he would come down with Cardinal owner Gussie Busch. They would ride down on Busch’s private railroad car for the race meet at Oaklawn and bring the Anheuser Busch Bowling team with them. They would attend the races and after the races spend each evening at a different bowling alley putting on an exhibition while all the patrons enjoyed free cold beer!
Later in life Stan Musial would return every year to attend the races and would without fail on every trip, grab his harmonica out of the pocket of his red coat and play “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.
Stan “The Man” Musial was a devout Catholic and Polish-American just like his friend and fellow Hall of Famer Al Simmons. He attended Mass every day and within walking distance of his hotel was St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church that sits directly in front of you just as it has since it was rebuilt in brick back in 1887.