CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ye olde notebook:
Musial, of course, was one of baseball's greatest hitters. He was mentioned in the same breath as Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. He won seven batting titles and pounded out 3,630 hits.
And the man to pinch run for Musial in the legend's last at-bat was none other than Kolb.
If you're new to the area or state, Kolb was the last to wear No. 20 for the St. Louis Cardinals before Lou Brock. He joined the Cardinals in 1960 and played there in 1962-63 before being traded to the Milwaukee Braves and then the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.
But it's that '63 season and a moment within that will keep Kolb ingrained in baseball history.
On the last day of that season, Musial singled to the right of a young Cincinnati Reds second baseman by the name of Pete Rose. In his second at-bat, Musial hit one to the right of Rose - who would break "The Man's" National League hit record 18 years later.
On that second hit, Musial drove in Curt Flood, who had previously doubled. Then St. Louis manager Johnny Keane sent in Kolb to pinch run for Musial and allow for the legend's farewell ovation.
At first, there were boos as Kolb ran to first. Then, when the crowd caught onto the significance of the moment, it cheered. The cheer turned into a thunderous ovation.
Musial, according to Kolb, waited for his replacement, then looked at the Cross Lanes resident and smiled.
"They love ya, kid," Musial said.
"No improvement," Musial said.