- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: ESPN Video+ (May 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0050Z9UCE
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,318,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stan Musial: An American Life [Hardcover] Unknown Binding – May 31, 2011
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As such, he's always been one of those ballplayers that I wanted to know more about. I knew about his statistics ... 3630 hits, .331 lifetime batting average, 475 home runs (in an era when 400 home runs really meant something), 3 Most Valuable Player awards, and so on, but I wanted to learn more than just the stats. So, I was happy to see this biography, "Stan Musial, An American Life", by George Vescey (a well known New York sportswriter, and the older brother of NBA analyst and sportswriter Peter Vescey).
The book isn't quite what I was expecting. It fully covers Stan's life from birth until today, and is full of anecdotes from his friends, families, and quotes from Stan, and attempts, with great success, to show how the boy he was developed into the man he is, warts (surprisingly few) and all. Where the book differed from my expectations is that while baseball is a central theme in the book, there is surprisingly little descriptive baseball in it.Read more ›
Feller was respected (although I do not remember seeing him play) as was Williams. Williams was considered aloof and worst of all - a member of the Boston Red Sox. This is a biography of Stan Musial by New York sportswriter George Vecsey. He (Musial) was universally loved by my family and respected - for his play and his demeanor.
This book covers Stan from his modest childhood in Donora, PA. to his receiving the Medal Of Freedom from President Obama in February of this year. It obviously covers Stan's great career with the St. Louis Cardinals (one of the best in baseball history) and is full of non-baseball anecdotes which entertained and also educated me. Stan's business ventures are covered as well - and while I knew of the feud with another famous ballplayer - I now know why.
I had no idea what the "Donora Death Fog" was until this book. How hundreds became ill and over a dozen died in industrial smog in 1948. Stan's home town.Read more ›
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Great book, brings back fond memories, of a long time ago, which were positive and long lasting.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book. However the dust jacket was ripped when I received it from amazonPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bob Broeg (rhymes with "leg" if the audio performer is right) was a St Louis sportswriter and close friend of Stan Musial. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert Slocum
Excellent read over all, I wish more current players had similar values and approach to the game that he had. What a wunerful guy.Published 14 months ago by Dana Walker