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In Stan Musial, veteran sports journalist George Vecsey finally gives this 20-time All-Star and St. Louis Cardinals icon the kind of prestigious biographical treatment previously afforded to his more celebrated contemporaries Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. More than just a chronological recounting of the events of Musial’s life, this 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.
Stan Musial never married a starlet. He didn’t die young, live too hard, or squander his talent. There were no legendary displays of temper or moodiness. He was merely the most consistent superstar of his era, a scarily gifted batsman who compiled 3,630 career hits (1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road), won three World Series titles, and retired in 1963 in possession of seventeen major-league records. Away from the diamond, he 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 - and their mutual association with Pope John Paul II - Vecsey weaves an intimate oral history around one of the great gentlemen of baseball’s Greatest Generation.
There may never be another Stan the Man, a fact that future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols - reluctantly nicknamed “El Hombre” in Musial’s honor - is quick to acknowledge. But thanks to this long-overdue reappraisal, even those who took his greatness for granted will learn to appreciate him all over again.
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By Daniel Stromme on 04-11-13
Vecsey is great... narrator, not so much
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I knew very little about Stan Musial before reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him through Vecsey's writing. Details that may have seemed mundane early in the book, created "ah, that's why he wrote about that moments" later on.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Stan the Man!
What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?
I've listened to a couple other books that Brick was OK with. Apparently biographies are not his strong suit as he over dramatizes the reading to the point that I had to set down my iPod and walk away. Listening to this book you would think Bricks, breathy, emotionally laden description of the best cuts of meat in Stanley's restaurant was akin to the death of a Pope! I will think twice before ever getting a book read by this narrator.
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By danny on 04-13-18
An overlooked great baseball player.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I learned an awfull lot about an American baseball great that is hardly mentioned when great hitters, great players, and great men of baseball are brought up. I'm sort of glad that Musial was in the Midwest. Who's to say that he'd have put up the same great numbers that he had with the Cards? A great man in the right place, at the right time. This is someone all of today's players should strive to be like. A bit more humble, gracious, and a bit more honest.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about a great ball player that is worthy of much more recognition and someone who deserves to have his name in brought up in every conversation with regards to being a memorable person and ball player.