Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) filed House Joint Resolution 23 to pay tribute to the late Stan Musial.

"Stan Musial was regarded as one of the all-time greatest baseball players on and off the field," said Rep. Kay. "Cardinal Nation and the memory of Stan Musial extends beyond the Missouri border, into Illinois and across the country. Stan Musial served as a role model, not only as a baseball player, but as a veteran and humanitarian. It is for this reason I have filed HJR XX designating January 19th as Stan Musial Day in Illinois."

House Joint Resolution 23 reads as follows:

WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois General Assembly wish to pay tribute to Stan Musial, widely proclaimed as the greatest St. Louis Cardinal of all time; and

WHEREAS, Stan Musial was born on November 21st 1920 in Donora, Pennsylvania; he married his high school sweetheart Lilian Labash in 1940 and they remained married for nearly 72 years until her passing in 2012; and

WHEREAS, Stan Musial played his entire 22 year career with the St. Louis Cardinals between 1941-1944 and 1946-1963; and

WHEREAS, In January 1945, Stan Musial was drafted and entered the United States Navy; he served his country for 15 months and was honorably discharged in March 1946; and

WHEREAS, During his playing career, Stan Musial amassed 3,630 hits, 475 home runs, and a .331 career batting average; he was a first ballot hall of famer in 1969; and

WHEREAS, Stan Musial always took an active role in serving the community; he was a prominent supporter of Wings of Hope, a humanitarian organization dedicated to assisting those in poverty and in need of medical attention; and

WHEREAS, In February 2011, Stan Musial was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the highest civilian honor in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Stan Musial was widely regarded as one of the all-time greatest baseball players on and off the field; he died peacefully on January 19, 2013; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that January 19th be designated Stan Musial Day; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we urge the citizens of this state to take cognizance of this event and to participate fittingly in its observance; and be it further

RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be presented to the family of Stan Musial and the St. Louis Cardinals Organization.

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