Supposedly former sportswriter and baseball commissioner Ford Frick was the one to bestow on Stan Musial the honor, “baseball’s perfect knight.” But as we all know, nobody’s perfect.
That’s why I wonder about the purpose of this piece by Luke Epplin in The Atlantic that seeks to drive home the point. In particular, Epplin (who wrote this article about Tony LaRussa’s lackluster memoir (with which I agree)) quotes from George Vecsey’s excellent Stan Musial: An American Life about a couple of incidents where Musial proved as fallible as the rest of us.
I never met Musial, but I imagine he was a nice guy, given the vast majority of stories one hears about him. Is it really necessary to besmirch his overall generally good character for the sake of being contrary?