In his book, Stan Musial: An American Life, renown sports journalist, George Vecsey gives an in-depth and intimate look at one of the greatest baseball players to walk on the field. Musial may not have received the press of Joe DiMaggio or Ted Williams, but as a twenty-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion and a member of the three-thousand-hit club, his numbers speak for themselves. Who knows where Musial’s career statistics would have taken him had he not spent two years serving in World War II. Stan was a consummate professional on the field, a World War II vet, and a distinguished gentleman.
Stan Musial is written in a colorful vignette style that covers the Hall-of-Famer’s personal and professional life. Vecsey uses events in Musial’s home town to provide context in describing “Stan The Man.” The author is a good writer, but the narrative is not chronological. This interferes, at times, with the reader’s ability to follow the flow of the story. In addition, the editorial comments are distracting and unnecessary. However, I do have a new appreciation for the most famous St. Louis Cardinal. Any baseball fan would enjoy this eclectically-structured story.