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By Brian Herman
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006

Wondering why Donora's Stan Musial didn't throw out the ceremonial first ball at the World Series in St. Louis until Game 5 Friday, the night the Cardinals won the championship with a 4-2 victory over Detroit?

There was a good reason.

One of the greatest players in the club's history, Musial was originally scheduled to do the honors for Game 3 Tuesday.

Musial, however, was a no-show for the first Series contest in St. Louis, with the Cardinals blaming the cold weather for his absence.

The weather, however, wasn't the culprit.

It was the presence of Joe Garagiola, the catcher on the Cards' 1946 world championship team, to be behind the plate to catch the toss.

Musial reportedly canceled Tuesday morning when he learned that Garagiola would be at Busch Stadium.

It seems Musial never forgave Garagiola for filing a lawsuit against him having to do with a bowling alley, Red Bird Lanes, in south St. Louis, that the two former teammates co-owned in the 1970s.

Ironically, Musial's last-minute replacement on the mound was Cardinal shortstop great Ozzie Smith, who's feuding with St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa.

Musial, who will turn 86 on Nov. 21, was one of four Cardinal Hall of Famers on hand for the Cards' big night. The others were 83-year-old Red Schoendienst, 70-year-old Bob Gibson and 67-year-old Lou Brock.

- Pitt's basketball fanfest at the Petersen Events Center over the weekend had the area touch on the hard floor.

One of the officials was Charleroi's Todd Pappasergi, a Pitt graduate law student.

He's in his second season with the Collegiate Officials Association. He's the son of Charleroi Area High baseball coach and assistant basketball coach Bruno Pappasergi.

- Sophomore Michelle DiPaola, a Ringgold High graduate, played a key role in Wheeling Jesuit's third straight West Virginia Conference soccer tournament championship victory Sunday.

DiPaola assisted on Katie Groff's goal in overtime to give the Cardinals a 1-0 win over regular season champion Concord and avenge an earlier 2-0 loss to the Lady Lions.

DiPaola finished the season with four goals and 10 assists or the 13-6 Cardinals.

- And thanks to Don Bartoe, of Donora, who says when a pessimist has nothing to worry about, he worries about why he has nothing to worry about.

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