Talking About Musial, Live and Streaming
I’ll be talking about my book, Stan Musial: An American Life, on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Harrisburg, Pa.
The talk will also be streaming live at 3 pm at:
The talk is part of the Harrisburg Book Festival, Friday through Sunday, at the terrific Midtown Scholar Bookstore-Café, 1302 N. Third Street in Harrisburg. Tel: 717-236-1680.
My appearance has been arranged through my daughter Corinna Vecsey Wilson, vice president of programming and host at PCN.
The book was a New York Times best-seller in 2011. For a couple of glimpses of Musial, please see:
Musial will turn 92 on Nov. 21, and is the icon of St. Louis. I will be linking his modest, hard-working persona to his Pennsylvania roots in Donora in the western part of the state.
Stan the Man was one of the great baseball players of his time, or any time. At first I thought the subtitle should be The Forgotten Man (reference to the song in High Society) but when I began researching his roots as an immigrant's son in zinc-and-steel-and-smog country, I realized the subtitle An American Life was much better. It is always an honor to talk about one of the sporting heroes of my childhood.
11/9/2012 04:26:37 am
I think he has been forgotten. He never gets mentioned in the same breath with Mays, Aaron and some other greats of the game.
11/9/2012 10:28:57 am
Thanks, I make a case that he was considered the equal of Wms and DiMaggio -- he was voted the best player of the post-war decade. The book goes into reasons their aura grew and his declined -- except in St, Louis and a cadre of aging fans (like me) who adore him. GV
11/9/2012 12:48:37 pm
I'm not sure, Sandy -- I'm trying to think back to give proper perspective. As I remember my baseball card trading days, he was in the same league but different. He was an ancient - a venerable "generation" (to us) older than Mays and Aaron and so we kids weren't quite sure how to value his card for our trades. The other names were bigger to us, but there was still this guy Musial who we all knew was there even before and still doing really incredible things and would be in the All-Star games, too.
11/9/2012 09:45:35 am
Good to see that your Musial book is still in demand. You are getting to be part of today's world now that you have added streaming.
11/10/2012 04:40:26 am
We Brooklyn Dodger fans were the people responsible for the "Stan the man" nickname, probably because he regularly beat up on our pitching staff. I'm pretty sure, but not positive, that it was at Ebbets Field when he had five home runs in a doubleheader.
11/14/2012 02:08:09 am
His five home runs in a DH were in St. Louis against the Giants. Legend says Mays pulled another one back, but it was a long fly to CF.
11/10/2012 11:59:51 am
A really fine book, on my recommendation list. Best wishes. Ed
1/14/2016 01:02:39 am
"(Musial) had always talked about doing things other Americans did...and became something of a regular at the Kentucky Derby."
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From the great Maureen Dowd:
As I write this, I’m in a deserted newsroom in The Times’s D.C. office. After working at home for two years during Covid, I was elated to get back, so I could wander around and pick up the latest scoop.
But in the last year, there has been only a smattering of people whenever I’m here, with row upon row of empty desks. Sometimes a larger group gets lured in for a meeting with a platter of bagels."
--- Dowd writes about the lost world of journalists clustered in newsrooms at all hours, smoking, drinking, gossipping, making phone calls, typing, editing.
"Putting out the paper," we called it.
Much more than nostalgia.