Memorial Mass for 'The Man' scheduled Saturday
Just two days removed from Valentine's Day, Donora will come together to show its love for a native son known simply as “The Man.”
“We expect a lot of people to attend,” said Donora Mayor John Lignelli, who spearheaded the memorial service for Stan Musial 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of the Valley Church on Second Street.
The Rev. Pierre M. Falkenhan, pastor of Our Lady of the Valley, will celebrate the Mass.
“The guy was well loved and well respected in Donora,” Lignelli said of Musial.
Area sports historian Stephen Russell – whose father, Jimmy, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and was a Musial friend – will deliver the eulogy.
Musial, who died Jan. 19 at 92, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. Musial amassed 3,630 hits in his 22-season Major League career from 1941 to 1963. It was the National League record until it was broken in 1981 by Pete Rose.
Musial played his entire career for the St. Louis Cardinals, and hit 475 home runs, 725 doubles and 177 triples.
Musial hit greater than .300 in 17 seasons, winning seven National League batting titles and playing in 24 All-Star games. With one more home run, Musial would have won the Triple Crown in 1948.
He served in the U.S. Navy from January 1945 to March 1946.
Last year, the Donora-Monessen Bridge was renamed the Stan “The Man” Musial Bridge.
Russell plans to discuss the impact Musial had on generations of fans and local culture.
Some of Musial's relatives will have roles in the service, including Bible readings during a Mass.
Following the Mass, a video highlighting Musial's career will be shown in the Donora Municipal Building. Refreshments will be served.
There will also be Musial memorabilia on sale, with proceeds benefiting the Donora Smog Committee.
Items for sale will include autographed items, complete with certificates of authenticity, including bats, balls and baseball cards.
Tim Urda of Badzik Printing, who produced cards featuring Musial for the bridge dedication ceremony May 4, handled the program for the service.
It will mimic the program used for a service held in St. Louis. It will feature a photo of Musial on the front cover and another of him and his wife, Lillian – also a Donora native – on the back. She died the morning of the bridge dedication.
Lignelli said he hopes to display a framed 5-foot high, 2-foot wide replica of the card made for the bridge dedication on the altar during the Mass.
Lignelli said he had 5,000 cards made for the dedication service. He has less than 50 left.
“The whole town has been mourning the loss of Stan Musial,” Lignelli said. “We're urging the whole Valley to attend this important Mass to honor what he's done for this whole Valley.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Vote set on local transit merger plan
- Valley Art Club’s exhibit lures crowd to Monessen
- Revised book tells love story of fallen Civil War officer from Sewickley Twp.
- Brownsville restaurant opens in historic home, pays homage to ‘Gone With the Wind’ plantation
- Mon Valley warrant sweep yields 10 arrests
- Perryopolis Golden Agers come to an end
- Monessen man accused of hiding stash of heroin
- Belle Vernon man facing child sex assault charges
- Van Voorhis man charged for Monessen cell incident
- Boatman: Many women face unique retirement problems
- Monongahela church closing appealed