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Author: George Vecsey Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780307934413

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When baseball fans voted on the top twenty-five players of the twentieth century in 1999, Stan Musial didn’t make the cut. This glaring omission—later rectified by a panel of experts—raised an important question: How could a first-ballot Hall of Famer, widely considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, still rank as the most underrated athlete of all time? In Stan Musial, veteran sports journalist George Vecsey finally gives this twenty-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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is an excellent, well-written review of Musial's life and career. The book provides great insight into Musial's history and personality, and paints a full portrait of The Man. The book also provides an interesting look at a Western Pennsylvania mill town in the early 20th century and mid-century St. Louis. Oh, and there is a lot of great, fun baseball. I'm not sure what more anyone would want. "

    - Alan, 2/18/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The life of Stan Musial either playing baseball or afterwards, was interesting but not particularly compelling. The author really tried hard - but 339 pages was double the length of an interesting biography on Stan Musial. Won't to read another biography on him - especially now that he has become too aged to add much. "

    - Brian, 1/16/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book is an excellent look at one of the more underrated players of the WWII era of baseball. It is a fairly comprehensive biography of Stan Musial with an equal mix of stories about his life on and off the baseball diamond. I have two minor complaints about the book. There are a number of very small chapters in the book that relate some small story that does not otherwise fit in the narrative that could be trimmed. Also, the author denigrates the modern era of baseball unnecessarily in his praise of Musial and his contemporaries. [return][return]Overall, I learned a lot about a player and era of baseball that I was not very familiar with, and would recommend this book to any fan of the history of baseball. "

    - Patrick, 12/23/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " After a meandering first few chapters, we finally get a narrative, only to lose it again from time to time. Still, the book has some decent information but is limited by the author's obvious admiration for Musial. Deserved, but it weakens the writing. "

    - Robert, 11/28/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book not just about baseball, but what he did after baseball. "

    - P.e.lolo, 8/20/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " What a humble and interesting man. This book is worth a read by every true baseball fan. The so-called "stars" of sports today could learn a lot by the character of a man like Stan "The Man" Musial. "

    - Youngie17, 7/24/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Always admired Musial as a ballplayer and this gave me a chance to see beyond the player and appreciate him as an individual, father, husband, etc. He was truly "The MAN". "

    - Kin, 2/13/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I enjoyed this book.. I have not read many biographies, but many of my friends were reading this book, which attracted me.. I really did enjoy the book.. It was an easy read, that told more than "Stan the Man", it told the history that made the "the Man". Wonderful book. "

    - Steve, 10/20/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very good bio about perhaps the most unsung superstar in baseball history "

    - Brad, 3/23/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book. I wnet ot Mickey Owen baseball school many years ago and met some of the players mentioned in the book. "

    - Mike, 3/1/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A great, well-researched biography of a St. Louis legend who never quite received the national recognition that his peers obtained. I especially enjoyed the stories of his business career and travels to Poland after he retired. "

    - Andrew, 12/25/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great book about baseball, when players play for the love of the game especially Stan the Man. "

    - Jim, 7/26/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My husband's buddy just read this book and being a big baseball fan HE LOVED IT "

    - Margo, 3/16/2011

About the Author

George Vecsey is an American nonfiction author and sports columnist for the New York Times. Vecsey is best known for his work in sports, but has co-written several autobiographies with non-sports figures. He is also the older brother of fellow sports journalist, columnist, and former NBATV and NFL on NBC color commentator Peter Vecsey.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.