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FROM READERS: A fan's tale of making a movie with Stan Musial

By Billie Silvey/Missourian Reader
January 24, 2013 | 6:25 p.m. CST
Billie Silvey and her husband, Jim, and other crew members from their safety film dine with Stan Musiel at his restaurant.

Billie Silvey is a native Columbia resident who has contributed to the From Readers section before.

In 1950 my husband and I (we were not married at the time) were in a safety movie starring Stan Musial and produced by MFA Mutual Insurance Company. It was truly one of the most exciting moments of my life since Musial was always my favorite baseball player.

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He was so kind during the making of that film and I always admired him for that kindness and the time he took to be in that film with teenagers. After the filming the crew went to Musial's restaurant for lunch, which was a really big thrill since he sat down and visited with everyone that was involved with the movie.

Two amusing incidents occurred making the movie. First, when we arrived at the baseball stadium a young child rushed up to me and asked if I was Mr.Musial's wife! I either looked older than I was or he thought Stan was robbing the cradle.

Secondly, when Musial started to autograph his picture for me he didn't realize that my character name in the movie — Mary Jane — was not my real name and he started to write an M, so I had to hurriedly tell him my real name and he had to correct the inscription.

People will always remember him as one of the best — if not the best — players in history but I hope they will always remember him mostly for the kind, respectful human being that he was. He was such a good example for all of us.

I am so happy that I have a copy of that movie to treasure and remember the wonderful experience of meeting him.

Do you have memories or tributes to share? Email submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.