No, they didn’t name the town for him, but folks in southern Illinois lined up to get an autograph from one of the oldest surviving big name big leaguers.
Marty Marion’s last All-Star game appearance came while Mickey Mantle was still in the minor leagues. The Braves were still in Boston. Some teams still had only white players.
Nearly 57 years after he retired as a player, Marion is remembered as one of the best shortstops in big league history. The MVP of the National League in 1944 and a three-time World Series champion with the Cardinals.
At age 92, he’s still remembered by fans and collectors who lined up outside Fox Sports Cards to get his autograph–and those of some much younger current and former Cardinal players.
At $20 a pop, it was a bargain.
Marion played with members of the Gas House Gang and was active when baseball integrated in 1947. He’s a living baseball history lesson.