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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 94-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.

©2007 Joe Posnanski (P)2020 Tantor

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  • scott
  • 24-04-2020

Buck O’Neil fan!!

I have not been a Buck O’Neil fan. I was a Josh Gibson,Satchel Paige,Oscar Charlton and more fan. Reading this book made me a Buck fan. What a man what a story. Loved the book. Enjoyed the stories and the attitude by Buck. So much fun

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  • Adam H. Garcia
  • 04-03-2021

The best baseball book I've ever read.

Essential reading for baseball fans and non fans alike. So thoughtfully written and read. A gift.

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  • Louie
  • 10-02-2021

Hope in a racially divided country

In this culture, where safe spaces, cancelling, and racial tension--fueled by fear and hate, Buck O'neil is a light overtaking then darkness. His perseverance over hate and bitterness needs to be celebrated. We need the goodness he sees.

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  • Patrick J. Kerrison
  • 04-02-2021

Just what I needed ...

... when what I needed were stories. Stories from a legend who helped me better understand a time I only heard of and know so little about. The narrator was perfect. The writing was lovely. The subject matter was as good as it gets.

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  • M Ray
  • 31-01-2021

Inspiring, more than a baseball story

Joe Posnanski creates a lasting tribute to Buck O'Neil by not just relaying great baseball stories but a greater tribute to a life well lived. We all should carry a little of Buck O'Neil in us.

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  • stephen
  • 15-08-2020

Awesome inspirational

It is a book describing the Negroleagues through the eyes of Buck O'neal. Good book

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