On Saturday, I helped cut the ribbon on a new bridge in St. Louis that spans the Mississippi River. It’s called the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge--named in honor of our nation's heroes and after one of the Midwest’s greatest sports legends--and with good reason.
Early in his career, Stan Musial was a pitcher who’d injured his throwing arm. And, as legend has it, the St. Louis Cardinals were going to release him until the team’s legendary GM, Branch Rickey heard about it.
“Don’t let him go,” Rickey said, “Put him in the outfield, and let’s see if he can hit.”
Twenty-two seasons and more than 3,600 hits later, Branch Rickey had his answer. Stan “The Man” Musial could hit.
In no small measure, what Rickey did for Stan Musial gets at the heart of what this new bridge will do for the people, and the companies, of the St. Louis area: It gives them a chance to succeed...