Stan Musial’s Faith

Once again, GetReligion covers the part of the story that other media outlets don’t want to touch:

Of course, Musial was not just an amazing baseball player, admired by everyone. He wasn’t just a gentleman with major personal accomplishments, including a marriage that lasted more than 71 years. He was also a devout Catholic. I was curious how the media would handle that aspect of the story. 

I’m one of those people who want to know about religious affiliation in every single obituary I read. It’s the thing I want to read first in an encyclopedia entry, too. It’s a very important piece of information for me. But because Musial’s Catholicism was such an important part of his life — from his regular worship to the charities he was involved with — it’s an important part of the picture even for more typical readers who, I assume, don’t quite share my level of interest in religious affiliation. 

So it was odd, I thought, that the Associated Press managed a healthy 2,000-word obituary of Musial without mentioning his faith once. The New York Times obit was even longer, but it also neglected to mention this aspect of The Man.