His father took John Wesley Powell to a Grapefruit League baseball game in Lakeland, where the hometown Detroit Tigers were hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. Big John idolized Cards slugger Stan Musial, and Charles Arthur “Red” Powell thought it was so important for his son to see “Stan the Man” that he had him excused from classes that afternoon in the early 1950s.

When the game was over, as fate would have it, the Powells ran into Musial at Henley Field as he headed toward the team bus.