Who Will Be the Cardinals' Next Living Legend?

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Who Will Be the Cardinals' Next Living Legend?
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As the St. Louis Cardinals lay to rest their greatest franchise player, Stan “the Man” Musial, an unfortunate “vacancy” is left within the organization.

No one will ever be able to replace Musial. From his amazing numbers to his sense of humor to the kind, gentle man who always had time for a fan—at any age, there will not be another Stan Musial.

There’s a reason they call them legends.

A legend is more than a great baseball player. Many players have put up the numbers.

To be a true legend, you have to “be” the game. It’s not about home runs and RBI or wins and strikeouts. It’s about character, class, signing autographs, taking pictures with children and giving back to your community.

Sure, the numbers matter, but they’re only a part of the equation.

Many of the most beloved Cardinals over the years weren’t loved for their numbers, but for themselves. Guys like Stubby Clapp, Steve Kline and Skip Schumaker weren’t loved by the fans for breaking records. They were loved because they were good people who played hard and always had time for their fans.

Musial’s condition had been deteriorating for years now, but the fact that he was still able to ride out and wave to fans meant so much to this organization.

With him gone, who will be the fans' new living legend in St. Louis? All of the following former players and managers were legends in their own right, but which one is ready step out of the shadows?

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