On November 19, 2022, Albert Pujols will be honored with the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award (the highest award for sportsmanship. The 2022 Musial Awards will be held at the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri and presented by Maryville University.
As defined on The Musial Awards website, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognized high profile athletes who embodied class, dignity, generosity, integrity and excellence over the course of their career. Pujols definitely exemplifies that definition with his contributions to the game of baseball, and his charitable organization/events off the field.
Pujols established The Pujols Family Foundation in 2005 which helps those living with Down Syndrome as well as improving the lives of the less fortunate in his native Dominican Republic. You can visit that website here: https://www.pujolsfamilyfoundation.org/
His 22 year MLB career speaks for itself with the following statistics/accolades…
Roberto Clemente Award (2008)
(courtesy of Wikipedia)
Now, he can add one more to the list when he accepts the award named after the legendary Stan Musial.
What makes this even more special, is the relationship Albert had with Stan over the course of his career.
“I’ve always had the most profound respect for Stan The Man and appreciated the way he carried himself as a player and a person,” said Pujols. “As wonderful as my baseball career has been, I aspire to be remembered for my true passion which is to serve others and give back. To be recognized for being a good person off the field just like Stan was, with an award that bears his name, is one of the highest honors of my career.”
Per the Musial family “We are overjoyed that Albert will accept the Musial Lifetime Achievement Award as his career has paralleled our father’s in so many ways, and they were such good friends who shared a love of baseball, people, and making someone’s day. Albert has always been so gracious and respectful in everything he does – and to our family. We know dad is looking down on Albert with a huge smile and a rendition of ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ on the harmonica.”
Tickets for the Musial Awards range from $10 to $35 and are on sale through the Ticketmaster website. In addition to individual awards show tickets, the Musial Awards offers a special Honoree Circle ticket, which includes a seat in the orchestra level, a pass to the Musial Awards After Party, and reserved parking for $125. All-inclusive packages and sponsorships are also available. More information and a link to purchase tickets is available at MusialAwards.com/tickets.
For those that can’t make the event but would like to watch, The Musial Awards will air throughout the country on CBS on Saturday, Dec. 24. This is the fourth consecutive year the network will broadcast the most important awards in sports.
Past recipients of The Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship include Wayne & Janet Gretzky, Hank Aaron, Bart Conner & Nadia Comaneci, Jim Thome, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Cal Ripken, Jr., Arnold Palmer, and Joe Torre.