In May 2010 I did a poll about naming the new Mississippi River Bridge and the results were interesting (see Readers say new bridge should be named for Dred & Harriet Scott). In that poll I didn’t include Stan Musial in the list of possible answers, of the 33 “other” answers submitted by readers only one was for Musial. Two were for Albert Pujols…
Yesterday St. Louis said goodbye to Stan Musial.Even though his last game playing for the Cardinals was nearly 50 years ago, he stayed in St. Louis. I fully expect most readers to vote for naming the bridge after Stan Musial, given how recently he passed away.
But do we need to step back and look at the bigger picture? What name will be lasting for generations so that in 50 years the name isn’t changed to honor someone at that time? Or do we sell the naming rights like with do with facilities to help offset the cost of maintenance? The poll is in the right sidebar.
– Steve Patterson