I Was Right On Time

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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From Babe Ruth to Bo Jackson, from Cool Papa Bell to Lou Brock, Buck O'Neil has seen it all. As a first baseman and then manager of the legendary Kansas City Monarchs, O'Neil witnessed the heyday of the Negro leagues and their ultimate demise.

In I Was Right on Time, he charmingly recalls his days as a ballplayer and as an African-American in a racially divided country. Whether he's telling of his barnstorming days with the likes of Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson or the day in 1962 when he became the first African-American coach in the major leagues, O'Neil takes us on a trip not only through baseball's past but through America's as well.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The life of former Negro League player and manager O'Neil, whose folksy gentility was so winning in Ken Burns's documentary Baseball. Born John Jordan O'Neil in Carrabelle, Fla., in 1911, O'Neil ... Read full review

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Light-hearted and wonderfully told. It's as close to a book-on-tape with actual pages as there is. Read full review


Damn Theres Got to
Ate So Much My Mama Cried
People Tell Me I Look Good in a Dress
18th and Vine
Seems Like I Been Here Before
Bring Em
Now Hear This Now Hear This
Long Live the Monarchs
My Cub Scout Years
Love What You Do
Got to Give It Up

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Page 2 - There is nothing greater for a human being than to get his body to react to all the things one does on a ball field. It's as good as sex; it's as good as music. It fills you up. Waste no tears for me. I didn't come along too early— I was right on time.
Page 2 - The next time I heard that sound was in 1938, my first year with the Monarchs. We were in Griffith Stadium in Washington to play the Homestead Grays, and I heard that sound all the way up in the clubhouse, so I ran down to the dugout in just my pants and my sweatshirt to see who was hitting the ball. And it was Josh Gibson. I thought, my land, that's a powerful man.
Page 7 - s funeral in 1982: people say it's a shame he never pitched against the best. But who's to say he didn't? BUCK O'NniL Jim Fainter Once, seeing Palmer reading Dr. Zhivago, teammate Steve Stone said, "It must be about an elbow specialist.

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Buck O'Neil is currently the chairman of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. A former all-star player and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs, O'Neil has the distinction of being the first African-American to hold a coaching position in major-league baseball. A former scout for the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals, O'Neil now resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

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