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May 25, 2010

"Flat" Stan Musial Needs Your Help!

In what can only be described as a stroke of genius by the St. Louis Cardinals Media Relations Department, the team has launched a nationwide campaign to get Stan Musial the highest honor in the land...the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"Flat Stan the Man".

In order to gain some attention for the baseball legend, Hall of Famer and all around good guy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch cartoonist Dan Martin has designed a Flat Stanley-like image of the iconic slugger (
you can download that sucker HERE) and the Cardinals are looking for your help.

Here is their plan:

Show your support for the St. Louis Cardinals effort to convince President Obama to award Stan Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom by taking part in our Flat Stan the Man Project, in cooperation with Dale Hubert's Flat Stanley Project.

Simply print and cut out your own Flat Stan the Man, take your photo with it, then post it on

According to a recent story in the Post Dispatch, the ballclub has already taken "dozens and dozens" of pictures of celebrities and athletes (included the one with Albert Pujols above) with "Flat Stan the Man".

The team is also planning to incorporate Twitter and Facebook to fuel the grassroots movement for Musial.

Should this all work, Musial won't be the first baseball player to be bestowed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Since 1977, seven others (Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Joe DiMaggio, Buck O'Neil, Frank Robinson, Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams) have received the highest honor in the land. And since 1992, there have been 185 overall Medals handed out.

So far, President Obama has awarded 16 of really, what's one more?

Let's get it going gang...spend a couple minutes and take a stand for Stan. If you can't get up and out there with your "Flat Stan the Man", you can sign the petition that the Cardinals already have in place or go one step further and write President Obama yourself.

I know I did.

BallHype: hype it up!

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