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Nothing Really New in This Book
on April 15, 2010
I have read and have copies of two of the previous Stan Musial biographies, and I like Bob Broeg's the best. James Giglio wrote one in 2007 which was okay, but did have a few errors in it. The present one written by Donora, Pennsylvania, native Wayne Stewart, really doesn't contain any new information other than what has happened in Stan's life since the previous biography came out in 2007. That part of the book I found to be the most interesting part. The vast majority of the book recounts Stan's life and career with a number of anecdotes that can readily be found in any number of baseball books. An example would be the players' relationship with managers Eddie Stanky, Solly Hemus, and Johnny Keane can be book in several other books. If you have done previous reading on the game's history you won't find much new information here. As I said Stan and his wife's issues with declining health are all that is new information.
I find it disappointing that he and Joe Garagiola apparently do not intend to patch up their feud over the money matters in regard to their past partnership in the Redbird Lanes bowling alley venture. Garagiola attempted to reconcile, but Musial blew him off because Joe voiced remarks about Stan that Musial took issue with that were injurious to Stan's reputation. That's sad since both are godfathers to each other's children and both are up in years and a reconciliation would be nice while both are still alive.
Author Stewart, a Donora native like Musial, writes very favorably towards Musial throughout the book and the back of the inside dust jacket states that this is "the ultimate biography of Stan the Man." I feel the only reason for it being the "ultimate biography" of Musial is because it includes his life since his last biography. However, as I previously noted, there are a lot of anecdotes regarding both baseball and Musial that can be found in numerous other books. I found the book to be okay, but certainly nothing special.