Longtime New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey will talk on a variety of topics, including the subject of his recent book—St. Louis Cardinals icon Stan Musial—at the first of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center’s new series of author/lunch programs on May 1 at noon.
Vecsey, who succeeded the legendary Red Smith as a Sports of the Times columnist in the early 1980s, has forged a distinguished career at the newspaper, where he has covered religion and country music and every major sports event over the last 50 years.
As an author, Vecsey has written many books, including Joy in Mudville in 1970, a history of the New York Mets, and Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner's Daughter in 1976, a bestseller that was made into a film starring Sissy Spacek.
At the Museum, guests will receive a copy of Vecsey’s acclaimed 2011 book, Stan Musial: An American Life, as Vecsey will talk about the man who many believe is the most underappreciated star in baseball history.
The next author/lunch program is June 26 with Marty Appel, baseball historian and author of Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.
Tickets are $50 and include lunch, the book, and opportunity to tour the Museum. For more info call (973) 655-6891. The author/lunch series is made possible in part by the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation.
IN ADDITION: The Yankees will be hosting Yogi Berra Museum Day on May 12 (coinciding with Yogi's 87th birthday) to honor the Museum's contributions to the community. All fans will receive a commemorative Yogi card, and the Museum is organizing a transportation and ticket package for people who want to attend the pre-game ceremony and game (it's 4.05 p.m. vs. Seattle).
For $125, people can get two-way bus transport to the Stadium, a ticket in section 206, and a gift from the Museum. For more info call (973) 655-2378.
The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center is a 501 © 3 nonprofit sports education center on the campus of Montclair State University.