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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061752575
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 735,952
File size: 785 KB

About the Author

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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Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O'Neil's America 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best baseball books I've ever read
DocFEmeritus More than 1 year ago
Very nice book and full of history of Negro Leagues and the treatment of black players, set against the story of Buck Leonard's campaign for Negro League stars to get into the Hall of Fame and his exemplary character. He is the kind of person that we all should try to be. After years of putting up with discrimination, and doing it with class and calm, he continued to do so into his 90's. We can all learn tolerance, forgiveness, acceptance and goodness from Buck. The book documents it all. great read and great book about a great human being!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book about a baseball legend8who gave back a great deal to the game.
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Buck O'Neil was truly an amazing man. He was an American treasure. Despite having to face to indignities of Jim Crowe and the farce that was seperate but equal, Mr. O'Neil lived his life with an abundance of optimism. He always treated others with kindness and respect. This man was a role model. If my children grow up and have a quarter of the character/integrity of the late Mr. O'Neil, I will be elated.
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Great read on traveling for a year with Buck, Mr. Negro Leagues and his positive outlook on life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A splendid collection of stories not just nostalgia, but history of the most enjoyable and enduring sort. Buck O'Neil continues to be one of our most valuable citizens, and Joe Posnanski is a talented writer, and an exacting listener.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What shines through from this book is the grace, humility and class of Buck O'Neill. Posnanski, having failed in attempts to write about the Negro Baseball Leagues, succeeds better than he ever could have imagined by describing them through Buck O'Neill's stories. A lovely book and a very easy read. I found myself smiling the whole way through.