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The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America Hardcover – February 27, 2007
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Is The Soul of Baseball a biography of Buck O'Neil? No.
The Soul of Baseball is about life, the joys of living. Those little things we may do during the day that puts a smile on someone's face, that makes someone stop and - however briefly - put living back into its proper perspective.
Yes, Buck O'Neil brought joy through talking about baseball - Negro Leagues Baseball - and through his recollections from a blessed life. But, more importantly, he held a mirror up to us and made the simple request to look for our heart & soul, and then share that warmth with as many people as possible.
Author Joe Posnanski spent more than a year on the road with Buck O'Neil, chronicling the more than 200 events he attended nationwide at the ages of 93 and 94; from the largest to smallest ballparks, schools & media junkets and even to Washington, D.C. to give testimony before a Senate committee on why the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum deserved national designation.
There was poetry to many statements from Buck O'Neil, which Posnanski makes special for the reader. His recollections on a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, baseball camp run by a friend, Willie Spooner, says it best:
Than baseball. For kids.
Teach them all the lessons.
How to be a teammate.
How to be a man.
Nobody does it for you.
Gotta stand up.
I remember Willie
Used to tell those kids in Baton Rouge
It's better to steal second
Than to steal an apple.
You will laugh and cry and won't want the book to end. But books, like life, must have a final page.
Buck O'Neil passed away on October 6, 2006, at the age of 94. Share a smile with someone today and Buck O'Neil really isn't that far away. He still has that mirror in his hand, but this time he doesn't need any words; loving life needs no explanation.
- Will Carroll, Baseball Prospectus
The great sportswriters can interpret the events from the field and the locker room, and craft them into stories that Joe & Jill Everyman can relate to. Nobody in the country is better at this than Joe Posnanski, Kansas City Star scribe, and two-time AP Sports Columnist of the Year.
With "The Soul of Baseball," Posnanski unveils the amazing id, ego, and super-ego of Buck O'Neil, a baseball icon and civil rights pioneer, on par with Jackie Robinson and Branch Ricky. O'Neil is more than a charismatic man, who tells great stories; he is a force of nature, a hurricane of love, affecting anyone who crosses in his path.
Posnanski follows the former player, coach, and scout as O'Neil educates the world about Negro League baseball. At 93-years-old, O'Neil's adventures in a 21st century America bring him into contact with cynical New York shock jocks, Negro League pretenders, and the occasional woman in a red dress. He embraces each one with the same amount of love and joie de vivre.
"The Soul of Baseball" is a great book for baseball fans, fathers and sons, and anyone who interested in one of the most remarkable individuals to live in the past century.
You'll want to re-read "The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America" again and again, and gift it to as many friends and family members as possible.
Mr. O'Neil's well defined baseball skill as a player and coach is exceeded only by his love of the game, and his ability to connect with players and fans alike on a deeply personal level.
This is a book about a philosopher, who, by chance, also played baseball.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
what a man..everything that is good and decent is found in Buck! Thank you...BuckPublished 10 days ago by jim
Through his love for baseball and music, and I like both of them, Buck O'Neil shows us how to live with peace of mind in a mixed up nasty world. And why not? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marvin P. Ferguson
An amazing book. I thought I knew quite a bit about baseball but it really opened my eyes to so many things. Buck O'Neill should be an inspiration to all of us.Published 2 months ago by Brian S. O.
This is an instant favorite book for me. Joe P opened up a treasure chest of baseball stories and life lessons through the most incredible ambassador in baseball: Buck O'Neil. Read morePublished 4 months ago
One of the best books on the Negro Leagues that I've ever read. Buck O'Neal is an inspiration on how life is supposed to be lived.Published 5 months ago by Chuck Watterson
Prediction: You will read this book, and it will immediately go on your top ten list. It's that good. Buck O'Neil was that good.Published 5 months ago by Chad M. Supp