Stan Musial: An American Life

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Random House Publishing Group, May 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 397 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

George Vecsey's column is usually the first thing I read in the Sports section of the New York Times, and over the years I have come appreciate him not only as a reporter but also as a decent human ... Read full review

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User Review  - corgiiman - LibraryThing

A good read that is well researched. Even though I didnt like the flow off the books tempo, the information was very interesting. It gave me an insight to the man who I have always heard about but alas never got to see play. Read full review

Contents

Morning in Florida
3
The DoOver
5
Lucky Stanley
14
The Old Master I6 4 Stanley Hits
23
The Stance
26
A Hand on the Shoulder
33
Lukasz and Mary
35
Invitation to Lunch
44
Bad Air
178
Family Life
182
Day Offin Chicago
198
Prime Time
200
Stanley Gives an Interview
211
Temper Temper
213
And Some Bad Times
216
On the Hustings
233

How Donora Got Its Name
47
Mentors
57
Takeoff
75
Pennant Race
84
Meet Me at the Fair
89
The Mahatma of the Midwest
95
Old Navy Buddies
108
The War
110
Checks All Over the Bed
120
Jubilee
126
A Visitor on the Train
133
Best Series Ever
135
BoatRocker
143
Stanley the Scout
148
The Strike That Never Happened
150
Stanley and the Kid
165
The Big Three
167
Better Pants
241
When the Times Changed
243
Old Folks
252
Fender Bender
261
Retirement
262
Stanley Runs the Team
271
Hometown
282
Stanley Goes to a Reunion
289
The Polish Connection
290
The Face in the Crowd
307
Stanleys Statues
310
More Funerals
314
Upstaged Again
330
Notes
343
Bibliography
371
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About the author (2012)

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.


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