My friend Chris Dunn, a fine TV writer who's a big St. Louis Cardinals fan (and I still like him, which I think speaks well of him -- and of me...), sent along a wonderful quote from Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher, Carl Erskine, who faced Musial often throughout their careers: "I've had pretty good success with Stan by throwing him my best pitch and backing up third."
Chris also passed along a tale from when he was a wee kidling, "My mother was just telling me that when we lived in St. Louis she went with our family to a few games but he never got a hit when she was there so she took to asking people in St. Louis what was so great about him, anyway. She made a lot of enemies."
This might not show why he was so great either. But it's nice to see him as...well, him. A nice, modest and charming man, who happened to be a great baseball player.