Hall of Fame Mourns The Loss of Baseball Great – Stan Musial
Founded in 1973 to honor and recognize outstanding American athletes, both amateur and professional, of Polish descent, Stan Musial was the Hall of Fame’s inaugural inductee.
James Conrad, current chairman of the board of directors, issued this statement when he learned of the passing of Mr. Musial.
“His nickname said it all … the Man. Stan Musial was not only a great baseball player but he was an even greater human being. He was a role model for everyone. Mr. Musial was extremely proud of his Polish heritage and the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame is equally as proud of our first inductee.”
The mission of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize and preserve outstanding achievement by individuals of Polish heritage in the field of sports and to educate the entire community with the hope of encouraging and inspiring personal excellence.
Each year inductees to the Hall are elected in a nationwide vote among NPASHF officers, its Board of Directors, Hall of Fame members and the more than 500 members of the NPASHF Sports Panel Council. Newly elected inductees are honored each year at a recognition banquet in metropolitan Detroit, attended by hundreds of people of all ethnicities. Any athlete, male or female, of Polish-American descent (father or mother must be Polish) who meets the eligibility requirements of NPASHF may be considered for nomination. All amateur athletes are eligible; collegiate athletes who do not continue into the professional ranks are eligible two years after their collegiate participation ends; and professional athletes are eligible two years after retirement from their sport.