Musial's only big league pitching appearance took place on September 28, 1952. Safely in first place in the batting race, he was called in to pitch for a single batter in the first inning.
Frank Baumholtz of the Chicago Cubs the runner-up in the batting race, who
batted from the right side of the plate. Starter Harvey Haddix moved to right field and Hal
Rice covered center while Musial pitched. After Baumholtz reached base,
Haddix returned to the mound, Rice to left, and Musial to center for the
remainder of the game.
Later in life, Baumholtz recalled that the play was a
hot smash to third that should have been counted as a hit. Nonetheless, Musial
captured his sixth NL batting crown with a .336 average.