‘Stan Span’ Advances
February 21, 2013

Post Dispatch:
The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that aims to name the new I-70 Mississippi River bridge for famed Cardinal Stan Musial.

“Bridges, at the heart of it, they connect people, they bring them together, and I think that’s a fitting tribute for ‘Stan the Man’ Musial,” said Sen. Eric Schmitt, a Republican from Glendale who is sponsoring the legislation.

Musial, 92, died Jan. 19 at his home in Ladue. Shortly thereafter, a movement grew to name the bridge after the seven-time National League batting champion. The bridge is expected to open next year.

The naming effort needs approval from both the Missouri Legislature and Illinois Legislature.

In Missouri, the effort needs another vote in the Senate and approval from the House.