The Soul of Baseball
A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's AmericaBook - 2008
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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Joe Posnanski is a good writer, but this is not his best work. Buck O'Neil is a great subject and Posnanski could have done more with the access he was granted. O'Neil is a hero, but would have appeared more so with the blinders off. Maybe Posnanski thought enough writing had been done about the Negro Leagues - he ultimately does Mr. O'Neil a disservice by being so complimentary.
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