The Soul of Baseball by Joe Posnanski
A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America

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When legendary Negro League player Buck O'Neil asked Joe Posnanski how he fell in love with baseball, the renowned sports columnist was inspired by the question. He decided to spend the 2005 baseball season touring the country with the ninety-four-year-old O'Neil in hopes of rediscovering the love that first drew them to the game.

The Soul of Baseball is as much the story of Buck O'Neil as it is the story of baseball. Driven by a relentless optimism and his two great passions—for America's pastime and for jazz, America's music—O'Neil played solely for love. In an era when greedy, steroid-enhanced athletes have come to characterize professional ball, Posnanski offers a salve for the damaged spirit: the uplifting life lessons of a truly extraordinary man who never missed an opportunity to enjoy and love life.

 

About Joe Posnanski

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A senior writer at Sports Illustrated, Joe Posnanski has twice been named the Best Sports Columnist in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work at the Kansas City Star. He is the author of The Good Stuff and The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America, which won the prestigious Casey Award for best baseball book of 2007. His work has also been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing, and he lives with his family in Kansas City, Missouri.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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The author trailed his subject as he traversed the country to rekindle interest in the talented players who pushed their way from state to state on rickety buses in an era when Major League Baseball excluded black players.

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Journalist Posnanski (The Good Stuff, 2001) accompanies a baseball legend on a cross-country journey to raise awareness of the Negro Leagues.

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Posnanski, sports columnist for the Kansas City Star , spent a year on the road with the iconic Negro Leagues player and manager Buck O'Neil (1911–2006), recording the magnanimous 94-year-old's encounters with scores of fans and his vast repertoire of entertaining stories.

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She reluctantly gives Buck her name and Buck proceeds to tell her she is beautiful, lucky to live in such a great city, she is probably doing well for herself, he would have been lucky to live in NY when he was her age, etc, etc.

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Entertainment Weekly

Curveball Relentlessly positive O'Neil (who, as a Kansas City Monarchs manager, taught Ernie ''Let's Play Two'' Banks to be cheerful) gets steamed when NYC-based radio host Troi ''Star'' Torain starts trashing Jackie Robinson.

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USA Today

First baseman Buck O'Neil was not one of the greatest baseball players in the pre-integrated days of the Negro Leagues, but when he died last year at 94, he was the most beloved.

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Baseball America

Pair one great storyteller with another great storyteller and you have a pretty good idea of what you are going to get: A bunch of great stories is exactly what makes up "The Soul of Baseball, A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America."

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