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Stan Musial, the favorite son of Donora, Pennsylvania, debuted for the St. Louis Cardinals in September 1941. With a year out for World War II military service, he played continually and excellently through the 1963 season. His accomplishments are mind-boggling: 20 seasons as an All-Star; seven National League batting titles (in 1962, at 41, he finished third); 3,630 hits; three National League Most Valuable Player awards; and a first-ballot election to the Hall of Fame in 1969. Beyond all that, Musial has long had a reputation as one of the game’s best ambassadors, approachable as a player and as a retired celebrity. Veteran sports-journalist Stewart—also a native of Donora—relates Musial’s career mostly through anecdotes culled from dozens of interviews with his teammates, opponents, and coaches, as well as current players who’ve been touched in some fashion by him. As related through the interviews, Musial emerges as a fierce competitor, a stellar teammate, and as fine an individual off the field as his public image implied. Informative and enjoyable. --Wes Lukowsky
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600783228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600783227
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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For many baseball fans, Stan Musial is a bit of a mystery; his career ended during the Kennedy administration, and began prior to this country's involvement in World War II. Time has pushed the Musial legacy into the background; now, as Stan the Man approaches his 90th birthday, Wayne Stewart's biography of one of the game's greatest hitters is giving fans a fresher perspective of this man who was born to be a ballplayer; and what a player he was.

As a life-long fan of the St Louis Cardinals, my earliest memories were of teams he performed on with such effortless skill and grace. Although he was already past his prime by the time I first started going to the games, in the late '50s; he was still the leader of the team, and was revered by the vast majority of Redbird rooters, as well.

The fact that I personally already know much of what Stewart has written about Musial doesn't take away from its significance; I realize most readers won't be as familiar with this great ballplayer, and his accomplishments on and off the field. This is a most worthy effort, and comes along at a time when the Musial legacy was perhaps fading from the forefront of baseball folklore. This is a refreshing perspective of a man who deserves the renewed attention - Stan the Man Musial.
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There's not a lot of information about Stan Musial here that you couldn't probably find in most any book about baseball in the 1940s and 1950s. Mr. Stewart spends a lot of time summarizing playoff games, and from the way it's written, it seems he spent at least one afternoon at the library reading old St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspapers so he could give us the abridged version. There is also a liberal dose of statistics taken straight from box scores anyone can find, but very little about Musial's character or family, other than dozens of quotes saying "he was a nice guy".

Stewart has obviously read a few baseball books, like Kirby Higbe's "The High Hard One" and Leo Durocher's "Nice Guys Finish Last", because he distributes anecdotes and comments from those books throughout the book, but not much is original.

This is not a bad book, and there are some interesting sections, but there's just not much to it.
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Baseball is a piece of Americana, and Stan Musial IS baseball.
Stan retired when I was 5 years old, and I did not grow up to be a ardent baseball fan. However, I was always well aware of the "greats" of the game and, as an adult, I just love baseball movies.
A few times in my life, I was fortunate enough to see Musial interviewed and I instantly knew that he was a "class" act. I felt he was the most gracious and humble elite athlete that has ever played on a Professional American Sports team! I knew someday I would read a book about him and that day came recently. The book was, "Stan The Man, The Life and Times of Stan Musial", and I loved it. It substantiated my opinions of Stan. He was a man of great character. Baseball lost a great ambassador this year.

Dr. Stanley E. Toompas, Optometrist
& Author of "I'm the One the Other Isn't"
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This was the first Baseball biography I read; after having read it I believe it will for me become later the most important. Currently (December 2012) I am reading the biography of Honus Wagner and I have others on my list to read as well; though my normal genre is Military History/War/Battles, etc. This book was a fast read for me because I truly enjoyed every page. I later bought this same book and mailed it to my Godson who plays Highschool Baseball at present; as History Godfather I wanted to introduce some History to his favorite passtime.
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