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Vincent and Monica Dirnberger pose with Baseball Hall of Famer Stan "the Man" Musial (center) June 18 at Musial's St. Louis office. The couple's granddaughter arranged the special meeting with the former St. Louis Cardinal in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary.
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At 82 years old, Vincent Dirnberger's boyhood dream of meeting his idol, Stan "the Man" Musial, has finally come true.

The New Hamburg man and his wife, the former Monica Duenne, recently marked their 60th wedding anniversary with a visit to see the Baseball Hall of Famer, who was a pitcher and first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941 to 1963.

"He's as common as anybody you'd ever want to talk to. He's no hot dog. He's an ordinary man," Dirnberger said of Musial.

The special meeting June 18 -- also the couple's anniversary date -- was arranged by the couple's granddaughter.

"When he walked in, I said: 'There's Stan the man. Shake my hand,'" Dirnberger recalled.

And the 88-year-old Musial did.

"I told him: 'Stan, you're the greatest ballplayer I ever knowed of. You've been my idol all my life, and you'll always be my idol,'" Dirnberger recalled.

Musial chatted with Dirnberger, who was with his wife, one of his daughters and the granddaughter who set up the meeting at Musial's St. Louis office.

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