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JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today asked Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to join him in a united effort to name the as-yet unnamed bridge being built across the Mississippi River at downtown St. Louis in honor of Stan Musial, the Hall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals player who passed away on Saturday at the age of 92. Gov. Nixon sent a letter to Gov. Quinn to state his case why bridge should be named in Musial’s honor.
After citing not only the nearly unequaled career of “Stan the Man” on the baseball diamond but also that Musial was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 for a lifetime as a philanthropist and goodwill ambassador, Gov. Nixon said, “The Stan Musial Memorial Bridge would do honor to the citizens of both Missouri and Illinois, demonstrating that his greatness both on and off the field was something to be admired and emulated.”
Gov. Nixon told Gov. Quinn that he would make every effort so that Missouri and Illinois come to consensus under the 2008 Bi-State Agreement to move forward with naming the bridge after Musial, and asked Gov. Quinn to do the same.
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