Top of the Morning, Aug. 3, 2018

Top of the Morning, Aug. 3, 2018

Saturday is a special anniversary for St. Louis Cardinals fans, especially those who cheered on STAN MUSIAL.

Fifty years ago, the team celebrated its star by unveiling a large statue outside Busch Stadium.

"No one really knew what it was going to look like," said Champaign resident and longtime Cardinals fan RUSS LAKE. "A lot of people thought it was going to be him leaning over signing an autograph for a boy. It was kind of a surprise even to Musial when it got unveiled."

The statue is an iconic part of downtown St. Louis. After the Cardinals moved into their new stadium, the statue was rededicated.

The baseball great passed away in 2013 at age 92. He was a 24-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion and three-time MVP. He finished with 3,630 hits, which stands fourth on the career list.

Musial went into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, a year after the statue went up.

Lake was living in New Athens at the time of the dedication. He was working that day and listened to the game on the radio.

Lake, 67, has been to one Cardinal game this season with his sister CHRISTINE. Of course, they stopped by to see the statue.

"I always look at it," Lake said. "I've taken pictures of several grandsons standing in front of it."

On to my weekend recommendations:


"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," 10:30 p.m., CBS

Actor/director Rob Reiner closes out the week as guest. Back in the day, Reiner was known as "Meathead." Ask your parents.


"Escape Plan," 5 p.m., Syfy

How did T.O.T.M. miss this one at the theater? Sylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, who gets stuck in a high-tech prison. When he meets Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), the plot thickens.


"iHeartRadio Country Festival," 7 p.m. Fox

The concert was taped in June at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. You will see Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Maren Morris and a host of others.

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