Musial tribute stands tall in Millersburg

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MILLERSBURG - While famed Cardinal, Stan "The Man" Musial died earlier this month, one Dauphin County man's tribute to him remains a current reminder of Musial's impact on his fans.

A 26-foot monument to Musial and the Cardinals stands in the front yard of Gerald and Dharlys Troutman at 949 State St. in Millersburg.

Carved from white oak, the memorial to the baseball legend includes a baseball bat with St. Louis's emblem, Musial's name at the top and a Cardinal perched at the peak. Wood carver Dennis Schaffner, who operates Chainsaw Carving of Dalmatia, crafted the one-of-a-kind piece.

Cardinals' fan Gerald Troutman said he'd like to eventually create a life-size to 12-foot tall likeness of Musial with another nearby tree that's on the property.

"Stan Musial was an honest, sincere, scandal-free, very humble man," said Troutman.

Musial died Saturday, Jan. 19 at age 92. (See related story.)

According to Troutman, an article by the Associated Press's R.B. Fallstrom truly captured some of the reasons that he was so inspired by Musial and decided to create the monument.

They included:

- Musial gave autographed cards of himself and did magic tricks and played the harmonica for kids in crowds.

- 22 years with the Cardinals

- 24 times on the All Star teams

- 7 Batting Titles

- Never struck out 50 times in a season

- Held 55 records upon retiring in 1953

- Had 1815 hits at St. Louis stadiums

- Had 1815 hits at visiting stadiums

- Bill Clinton listened to Musial's exploits while doing his homework.

- In February 2011 the President presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor for contributions to society.

"This is why 'The Man' has meant so much to me," Troutman said.

The Line Mountain-Millersburg (LM) 12U baseball team helped Troutman dedicate the initial monument to Musial on August 13, 2011.

It can easily be seen by motorists traveling along Route 209 in Millersburg.

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