Political correctness infected the world of sports recently, when the St. Louis Cardinals’ management put an end to the recent practice of etching a cross and the number 6 into the pitcher’s mound to honor a Cardinal great, the late Stan Musial.
The number and cross only began appearing in recent weeks on the mound, just behind the rubber. The groundskeepers placed the tribute there to honor a remarkable athlete, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Someone eventually took notice and complained. According to Yahoo News:
This has at least one fan — watching at home on TV — upset enough to write a complaining letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Riverfront Times, another St. Louis paper, also had heard from Michael Vines and took note of his objections.
When John Mozeliak, the team’s general manager, heard about it, he asked that the practice be stopped.
“Once we learned of it, I did contact the grounds crew and just asked that they don’t,” Mozeliak said. “It’s just not club policy to be putting religious symbols on the playing field or throughout the ballpark. I didn’t ask for the reason behind it. I just asked for it to stop.”
Musial, nicknamed ”Stan the Man,” played 22 extraordinary seasons with the Cardinals and was considered the game’s most consistent hitter, compiling 3,630 career hits. His talent got him selected to the All-Star team 24 times, a record surpassed by none and only equaled by Willie Mays. Musial died Jan. 18 at age 92.
Although the cross and number have disappeared, the player and his accomplishments will be forever remembered by Cardinals fans.
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