Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols.

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Albert Pujols Passed Stan Musial On All-Time RBI List

The former Cardinals first baseman says it was an emotional moment when he passed Musial's 1,951 career RBI total.

June 11, 2018 - 9:03 am

A first-inning, RBI single for Albert Pujols on Sunday gave him 1,952 career RBI – passing St. Louis Cardinals legend and MLB Hall of Famer Stan Musial. 

Pujols is now sixth all-time on MLB's career RBI list. The Los Angeles Angels first baseman talked after the game about how much Musial meant to him in his 11 seasons with the Cardinals:

"I can close my eyes and just think about (Musial). The smile and just the kind words he said to me. Those mean a lot. Those are the things you can take with you no matter how long you play."

Musial died in 2013, but Pujols, who left the Cardinals after the 2011 season, has remained close with the Musial family. 

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"It was pretty emotional," Pujols said after Sunday's game. "I tried not to show it too much because we still had to play a baseball game."

This was Pujols, talking about tying Musial's 1,951 career RBI total the day before:

The Musial family will soon receive some gifts from Pujols. He promised to give the baseball he hit to pass Musial and the bat and jersey he was wearing when he tied Musial's RBI total, all to the Musial family. 

Next on the list for Pujols, is Lou Gehrig with 1,995 career RBI. The rest of the top five is Hank Aaron (2,297 RBIs), Babe Ruth (2,213), Alex Rodriguez (2,086) and Barry Bonds (1,996).