Stan Musial by George Vecsey

58%

12 Critic Reviews

Stan the Man has a heroic stat sheet and a heckuva nickname, but beyond that no myth, no mystery, no razzle-dazzle.
-LA Times

Synopsis

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Veteran sports journalist George Vecsey finally gives this twenty-time All-Star and St. Louis Cardinals icon the biographical treatment he deserves. Stan Musial is the definitive portrait of one of the game’s best-loved but most unappreciated legends—told through the remembrances of those who played beside, worked with, and covered “Stan the Man” over the course of his nearly seventy years in the national spotlight. Away from the diamond, Musial proved a savvy businessman and a model of humility and graciousness toward his many fans in St. Louis and around the world. From Keith Hernandez’s boyhood memories of Musial leaving tickets for him when the Cardinals were in San Francisco to the little-known story of Musial’s friendship with novelist James Michener, Vecsey weaves an intimate oral history around one of the great gentlemen of baseball’s Greatest Generation.
 

About George Vecsey

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George Vecsey, a sports columnist for The New York Times, has written about such events as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics but considers baseball, the sport he's covered since 1960, his favorite game. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game and Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter (with Loretta Lynn), which was made into an Academy Award-winning film. He has also served as a national and religion reporter for The New York Times, interviewing the Dalai Lama, Tony Blair, Billy Graham, and a host of other noteworthy figures. He lives in New York with his wife, Marianne, an artist.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by ESPN. 416 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Stan Musial
All: 12 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Above average

Rather than a journalist’s or a biographer’s disinterested analysis, the author offers a fan’s notes.

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NY Times

Below average
on Jun 03 2011

In Vecsey’s account, Musial seems to be the kind of guy you’d like to have for a teammate, a next-door neighbor or a business partner. But these days, for better or worse, we want our baseball legends bigger, bolder and sexier.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Mar 28 2011

...no amount of manful writing and extraneous anecdote can redeem the basic dullness of Musial’s story.

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WSJ online

Good
on May 07 2011

When Mr. Vecsey hews to the Musial story, there is much to savor.

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LA Times

Below average
on Jun 05 2011

Stan the Man has a heroic stat sheet and a heckuva nickname, but beyond that no myth, no mystery, no razzle-dazzle.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Good
on Jul 10 2011

...Mr. Vecsey had delivered everything you'd want, like a long majestic homer into a summer night.

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Chron.com

Good
on May 08 2011

...a thoughtful tale about a hero with few dints in his armor.

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St. Louis Today

Below average
on May 07 2011

Vecsey's book contains little in the way of news...

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The Roanoke Times

Good
on Jun 08 2011

...a fact- and story-stuffed volume of almost 400 pages, carrying Musial from his childhood in the smoggy steel- and zinc-mill town of Donora, Pa. through his baseball career, to his later life as friend of celebrities...

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AuthorsDen

Good

This is an excellent book for a baseball fan...It includes a lot more personal information than most baseball bios.

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The Hardball Times

Below average
on May 12 2011

...the editing leaves a little to be desired. The latter part of the book covering Musial’s retirement comes off as a mishmash of entertaining stories rather than a coherent narrative.

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Sports Book Review Center

Good
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Sep 14 2015

Author George Vecsey does an admirable job of reviewing the life of a most admirable baseball superstar. There wasn't much drama in Stan Musial's life, but Vecsey keeps the story moving along well enough to keep it interesting.

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