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George Vecsey

George Vecsey, author of Stan Musial: An American Life and Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game, among others, was the main guest on yesterday’s Brian Lehrer Show. You can listen to the segment below: * * * Frank “Tug” McGraw was the subject of the “Not My Job” segment on Wait Wait Don’t Tell […]

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The “Dark” Knight?

January 24, 2013 · 0 comments

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 […]

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The news cycle being what it is, this will probably be a moot point by the time you many of you read this, but the opening page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website is full of stories, videos, and photos of Stan Musial, who passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Here’s the New […]

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George Vecsey has worn many hats during his long career with The New York Times. Most recent fans might not be aware he was a general reporter who also wrote about politics and religion before turning to the sports pages full time in 1980. Two years later, he was called on to fill the void […]

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  Just a thought. I’m listening to the audio version of George Vecsey’s Stan Musial: An American Life, narrated by Scott Brick. It brought something to mind. As every American — baseball fan or not — may know, Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the major Leagues (at least in the […]

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Gelf’s Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m., to Manhattan’s The Gallery at LPR. At this free monthly event, hosted by Gelf, George Vecsey, Mark Ribowsky, and Dave Zirin will read from and talk about their work. Vecsey, who recently ended his 30-year stint as a New York Times […]

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George Vecsey has announced his non-retirement (since he refuses to use the “R” word) in his last “official” NY Times column today. Vecsey, most recently the author of Stan Musial: An American Life, has also written Joy In Mudville: Being a Complete Account of the Unparalleled History of the New York Mets From Their Most […]

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With the Cardinals in the World Series, George Vecsey made a return visit to NPR, appearing on The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his latest book, Stan Musial: An American Life. Here’s a review from the Houston Chronicle, just because I liked the caricature so much.

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Beach reading, part 1

July 20, 2011 · 1 comment

The first of what will probably be several lists/suggestions: Linda Holmes, over at Monkey See, the pop culture blog for NPR, offered a selection of five sports books for the summer, including Stan Musial: An American Life by George Vecsey. And, what the heck, there’s enough info to consider Scorecasting a baseball book, too. This […]

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From a press release issued by the baseball hall of Fame: This year, some of baseball’s greatest storytellers are coming to Cooperstown to share their work as part of the Museum’s annual Authors’ Series offerings. The Hall of Fame’s Summer Authors’ Series gets under way May 28 and continues throughout June, July and August. The […]

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Opened the sports section this morning to find this story, “A Summer with  Uncle Casey In the Town He Owned.” It was written by veteran columnist George Vecsey, but you wouldn’t know it from the print edition; the byline was omitted. This is the second time in a few weeks such a gaffe has been […]

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The NY Times‘ George Vecsey wrote this piece focusing on Stan Musial and basketball’s Bill Russell as among the latest group of recipients for America’s highest civilian honor. Isn’t it kind of funny: no matter how much of a big shot they are — they could be President of the United States or a billionaire […]

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* Gut yom tov

September 27, 2009 · 0 comments

Jewish for “Happy Holiday,” As Jews around the world gather tonight to mark the holiest day on the calendar, George Vecsey offered this column in today’s Sunday Times. Instead of putting the game at 8 p.m. — prime time, as the networks call it — ESPN and Major League Baseball are accommodating thousands of fans […]

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For some reason (there’s no context for it), The International herald Tribune published this brief profile of Vecsey, most recently the author of Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game.

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