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Stan Musial and his son Dick would like you to try on some very plain shoes

June 11, 2012

If you want a break from 1940s baseball player Wheaties ads (like the ones here and here ), then this 1948 father-and-son Stan Musial ad for Winthrop shoes is right up your alley. Stan the Man definitely makes a better “in retrospect” shoe pitchman than O.J., and you have to love the days when it was plausible for a young boy to desire regular non-sneaker footwear.

If you want to see Dick Musial in the present — or as close to it as I could find in a good frontal shot — check out this article, which talks about him accompanying his father when Stan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The smile looks the same.

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