HARRISBURG, May 24, 2011 – The state Senate today unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Tim Solobay naming the Route 1077 bridge over the Monongahela River after baseball Hall-of-Famer ‘Stan the Man’ Musial.

Musial, a native of Donora, Washington County, was named National League MVP three times and made 24 All-Star appearances.

“Stan Musial was one of the greatest players in baseball history and it all started in Donora,” Solobay said. “The bridge designation will serve as a reminder that humble beginnings combined with hard work can lead to greatness.”

Now known as the Donora-Monessen Bridge, the structure carries the C. Vance Deicas Memorial Highway (S.R. 1077) over the Monongahela River in Washington and Westmoreland Counties. It has been undergoing a two-year, $19 million upgrade with painting scheduled to be completed this year.

Musial, who played at Donora High School, went on to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1938 as a pitcher. By the time he made his first major league appearance, in 1941, he had been converted to the outfield and eventually accumulated more than 3,600 hits, including 475 home runs. His three World Series titles were separated by service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After he retired in 1963, Musial became general manager of the Cardinals. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969 and was awarded the “Presidential Medal of Freedom” in Februrary, 2011.

“Stan Musial represents the American Dream,” Solobay said. “He combined athletic talent with conscientious business ethics and service to his country. “

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