By George Vecsey
Veteran activities journalist George Vecsey ultimately provides this twenty-time All-Star and St. Louis Cardinals icon the biographical therapy he merits. Stan Musial is the definitive portrait of 1 of the game's best-loved yet such a lot unappreciated legends--told throughout the remembrances of these who performed beside, labored with, and lined "Stan the Man" over the process his approximately seventy years within the nationwide highlight. clear of the diamond, Musial proved a savvy businessman and a version of humility and graciousness towards his many lovers in St. Louis and all over the world. From Keith Hernandez's boyhood thoughts of Musial leaving tickets for him while the Cardinals have been in San Francisco to the little-known tale of Musial's friendship with novelist James Michener, Vecsey weaves an intimate oral historical past round one of many nice gents of baseball's maximum new release.
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9 If nice guys really do ﬁnish last, then survival necessitates cheating, or at least stealing pitching signs. ”11 Hey, nice guys ﬁnish last, right? Durocher as Machiavelli (Marlett) 41 This perpetual advantage-seeking surfaced early in Leo’s baseball career. When he broke in with the New York Yankees, he ignored the unspoken rules that rookies should be seen, not heard. Off the ﬁeld Leo overspent on clothes and the night life. On the ﬁeld he sparred verbally with everybody, teammates and opponents alike.
When it worked, Bobby Thomson hits the “shot heard round the world” and, three years later, the Giants sweep the Indians. When it did not work, or more accurately, when the nation’s zeitgeist passed Leo’s ethnic Catholic world by, the result was the ’69 Cubs. The “grace” here is not proclaimed, so Leo’s successes seem less conspicuously Christian — and his failures often spectacularly un–Christian — than Protestant major leaguers. Gaining an Edge Durocher enjoyed a lengthy career in baseball.
Durocher ranks third, trailing only Bobby Cox and John McGraw, for being thrown out of games. Others revile Leo for his bungling of the 1969 Cubs. And then, of course, there’s Leo’s personal life. He married four times, and all four unions ended in divorce. The last two made the biggest splashes. His 1947 wedding with actress Laraine Day ignited spectacular, nation-wide headlines. Day had divorced her 40 PART I. CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE GAME ﬁrst husband in Mexico only a day before wedding Durocher in El Paso, Texas.