Stan Musial: An American Life

Stan Musial: An American Life

George Vecsey

while baseball lovers voted at the most sensible twenty-five avid gamers of the 20th century in 1999, Stan Musial didn’t make the minimize. This obvious omission—later rectified by way of a panel of experts—raised a huge query: How may perhaps a first-ballot corridor of Famer, generally one in all the best hitters in baseball historical past, nonetheless rank because the such a lot underrated athlete of all time?

In Stan Musial, veteran activities journalist George Vecsey ultimately supplies this twenty-time All-Star and St. Louis Cardinals icon the type of prestigious biographical therapy formerly afforded to his extra celebrated contemporaries Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. greater than only a chronological recounting of the occasions of Musial’s existence, this is often the definitive portrait of 1 of the game’s best-loved yet so much unappreciated legends, advised during the remembrances of these who performed beside, labored with, and coated “Stan the guy” over the process his approximately seventy years within the nationwide spotlight.

Stan Musial by no means married a starlet. He didn’t die younger, stay too demanding, or squander his expertise. there have been no mythical screens of mood or moodiness. He was once only the main constant famous person of his period, a scarily talented batsman who compiled 3,630 occupation hits (1,815 at domestic and 1,815 at the road), received 3 international sequence titles, and retired in 1963 in ownership of seventeen major-league documents. clear of the diamond, he proved a savvy businessman and a version of humility and graciousness towards his many fanatics in St. Louis and worldwide. From Keith Hernandez’s boyhood thoughts of Musial leaving tickets for him whilst the Cardinals have been in San Francisco to the little-known tale of Musial’s friendship with novelist James Michener—and their mutual organization with Pope John Paul II—Vecsey weaves an intimate oral heritage round one of many nice gents of baseball’s maximum new release.

There may perhaps by no means be one other Stan the fellow, a undeniable fact that destiny corridor of Famer Albert Pujols—reluctantly nicknamed “El Hombre” in Musial’s honor—is speedy to recognize. yet due to this long-overdue reappraisal, even those that took his greatness without any consideration will learn how to savor him yet again.

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