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Stan the Man: The Life and Times of Stan Musial Hardcover – April 1, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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If you're looking for any new insight into the life of The Man, this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you want endless quotes from various citizens of Musial's... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael Iapoce
While a Ted Williams fan. Stan was easily number two. There is very little doubt that he was the greatest all around TEAM player during my era or even since. Read morePublished 19 months ago by benredbone
As a die hard St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan, no name stands out more in my mind than that of Stan Musial. Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by Marvin P. Ferguson
Brings you right back and insight into "When Baseball was Fun!"
I would give it to any one who is interested in "character and skill"
Great book my husband really enjoyed this and read it during his weeks in chemo. Stan was one class act of a St Louis Cards playerPublished on December 12, 2013 by Pen Name
Love to read about Stan "The Man" Musial! However, I think the writer could have made the story a little more interesting. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by William T. Johnson
I am now 75 years old, but still love this kind of story. This is a book I would have loved even more at age 15 when I was playing baseball. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Theodore
Musial was a good citizen and by all accounts had virtually no skeletons in his closet, so it's not surprising that his biography wouldn't make all that compelling of a read. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Macho Nachos