FROM READERS: On Stan Musial's last game day, Larry Dickerson tagged along

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

Larry Dickerson is a community development special with the University of Missouri Extension. He played rugby on the 1974 Missouri Big 8 championship team while in graduate school and is a big Cardinal fan. He says Musial has been a great role model all his life.

As a 16-year-old junior in high school, getting up at 4:30 on a Sunday morning would not usually be a priority, but on September 29, 1963 it was something I looked forward to with great anticipation.

Bob Kurt, whose daughter Diane was my high school girlfriend, was covering Stan’s last day in baseball for the Sporting News, and I had been invited along to help carry the cameras and all the equipment that would be needed to adequately cover this momentous day in St. Louis sports history. I was to be the pack horse for the day, but also would spend the day helping to cover Stan’s last day as a baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. I had grown up in north St. Louis and ridden the Grand Avenue streetcar to Sportsman’s Park and had snuck in the knothole since I was a young lad. To be invited to spend Stan’s last day was an incredible opportunity.