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Jack Buck: That's a Winner Hardcover – May 7, 1997


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About the Author

Rob Rains is the author or co-author of nine sports books, including "Mark McGwire: Home Run Hero" for St. Martin's Press. He also wrote "The St. Louis Cardinals: The 100th Anniversary History," as well as co-authored "Red: A Baseball Life" with Cardinal Hall of Famer, Red Schoendienst, and "Jack Buck: That's a Winner!" with broadcaster Jack Buck. A frequent contributor to "The Sporting News," Rains lives with his family in St. Louis.


Bob Broeg started writing for the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch "in 1945, covering baseball and football and becoming sports editor and columnist in 1958. The author of seventeen books, he received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 1979.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC; First Edition edition (May 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571671110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571671110
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dale Wetzel on October 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to read Jack Buck's stories about the St. Louis Cardinals. That material is there, but not in the quantity one might expect. The book is immensely enjoyable for other reasons, ones that I didn't expect when I first bought it. Buck tells a number of moving stories, in a matter-of-fact manner, about growing up poor and serving in World War II. These stories, and not the Cardinals material, were my favorite parts of the book. There are other things as well. Buck tells of getting baseball tickets for a mobster (and, later, for the FBI agents that were keeping tabs on him); enduring a Joe DiMaggio temper tantrum when Buck asked him to sign a baseball; and his relationship with Harry Caray. He also tells some unflattering stories about the Cardinals, including his dislike for some of the teams of the 1970s and 1980s and a poignant story about how he once suggested an airline meal of franks, biscuits and beans for a Cardinals team flight, and the players all refused to eat it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on February 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you want to read about the St. Louis Cardinals any book written by either Jack Buck or Bob Broeg is sure to provide you with solid reporting. Buck has been announcing for the Cardinals since the mid-1950's and spent many of those years with another hall-of-famer named Harry Caray. Jack provides the reader with insights into his army career prior to entering baseball, his many years as an announcer for KMOX radio in St. Louis, and those glorious years with the Cardinals of the 1960's and 1980's. He also provides us with his opinions on the changes that have taken place in both baseball and the world from what it used to be. You don't have to be a Cardinals' fan to enjoy this book. If you enjoy baseball history, reading a book written by the much-respected Jack Buck is an enviable treat.
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Format: Paperback
Jack Buck was a splendid announcer, whose warm and friendly demeanor became his trademark. This was a truly humble man who cared about people; but he also wasn't afraid to confront those who were self-absorbed or shallow. His biography is a fascinating story of his humble beginnings, his slow rise to broadcasting prominence, and his remarkable ascension to the top of the mountain; very few have attained such greatness in his profession. It's no wonder he was such a revered part of Cardinal baseball folklore, and it's no wonder he's enshrined in the broadcaster's wing at Cooperstown.

This story, in essence, is a wonderful anatomy of a Hall of Fame career; it's definitely a winner.
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By Jeff K on September 21, 2011
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This book really comes at sports from a perspective few think about. The broadcaster watches hundreds of games every year, and knows the games just as well as the players but few think to consider their perspective. I learned a ton from the life of Jack Buck and about sports over the past half of a century. I highly recommend grabbing this book if you have a day or two of free time.
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What a winner book and the Pennsylvania d

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Ashame 1991 his last world series cbs should l d got rid of mc craved not jack buck Jack is not his father's son in the booth
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By Richard A. Clark on May 5, 2015
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Enjoyable read about one of the best in the business.
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