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

March 11, 2008|
The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America by Joe Posnanski
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From the author of Baseball 100

“A fascinating account of a man who outlasted the ignorance of a nation and persevered to become a beloved figure...One of the best baseball books in years, filled with depth style and clarity." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

An award-winning sports columnist and a baseball legend tour the country to recapture the joys and wonders of two of America’s greatest pastimes

When legendary Negro League player Buck O’Neil asked sports columnist Joe Posnanski how he fell in love with baseball, that simple question eventually led the pair on a cross-country quest to recapture the love that first drew them to the game. Baseball & Jazz recounts their emotional quest to find the heart of America’s beloved sport that still beats despite the scandal-ridden, steroid-shooting, money hungry athletes who currently seem to define the sport. At its heart is the story of 94-year-old Buck O’Neil—a man that truly played for the love of the game. After an impressive career in the Negro Baseball Leagues in which he earned two hitting titles and one championship, O’Neil made baseball history by becoming the first African-American coach in major league baseball. Posnanski writes about that love and the one thing that O’Neil cherishes almost as much as baseball: jazz. This heartwarming and insightful journey is an endearing step back in time to the days when the crack of a bat and the smokey notes of a midnight jam session were the sounds that brought the most joy to a man’s heart.

A senior writer atSports 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 ofThe Good StuffandThe Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O''Neil''s America, which won the prestigious Casey Award for best ...
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Title:The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:304 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.68 in
Published:March 11, 2008
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780060854041

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