The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America

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HarperCollins, Mar 11, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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.

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Review: The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America

User Review  - Stephen Johns - Goodreads

Joe Posnanski never met a subject he couldn't drown in sepia-toned nostalgia--yet it works with the story of Buck O'Neil, whose life is presented here as equal parts myth, biography, and American ... Read full review

Review: The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America

User Review  - David Molnar - Goodreads

You can't not like a book about Buck O'Neil, even if you're an old cranky fart like me. There are some touching and/or humorous stories here. I'm pretty sure I've read this before, presumably when I ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

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.

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