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[The Soul of Baseball] EBOOK READ


  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • The Soul of Baseball
  • Joe Posnanski
  • English
  • 05 March 2018
  • 9780060854034

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READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD The Soul of Baseball Untry in hopes of stirring up the love that first drew them to the game This book is just as much the story of Buck O'Neil as it is the story of baseball In a time when disillusioned steroid–shooting money hungry athletes define the sport Buck O'Neil stands out as a man that truly played for the love. A fascinating story about Buck O Neill the baseball player and arguably the game s greatest ambassador The book covers Buck s travels around America in support of the Negro League Hall of Fame and anything baseball related The events take place when O Neill was 93 and the book s narrative ends a year or so later when Buck dies at 94 The Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously created an annual Buck O Neill ambassador award Posnanski is a award winning KC sportswriter To write this book with O Neill s blessing he spent than year traveling with Buck O Neill to events and speaking engagementsFirst off if you have ever seen Ken Burn s baseball mini series then you know who Buck O Neill is uite simply one of the sunniest and best story tellers around A man who was an all star in the Negro Leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs later a manager scout ambassador and was instrumental in establishing the Negro League Hall of Fame in KC An extraordinary personSecondly this book is poignant and as much a story about a very elderly man reminiscing about life his deceased wife and of course baseball Posnanski show us how grueling this frenzied schedule was for O Neill At 93 as he spent less than two months out of the year at his home and most of the other ten months on the road in hotels Although this is what O Neill wanted and he always attempted to brighten others lives behind the scenes O Neill often only attend an inning of a game or less than an hour at an event before having to retire to the hotel due to exhaustion There simply aren t many books about very elderly people who still are in control of their lives and making such huge impacts on others lives The tearjerker moment of the book came when O Neill was told he might be inducted into the hall and a decision on the year s batch of old timer selections was forthcoming at noon the next day Many hall of famers gathered with Buck to hear the news The grace with which O Neill dealt with the disappointment of not being selected was a tribute to his character as he applauded all of his contemporaries that were selected and there were many that year There was universal outrage in the sports community that Buck was skipped over again The book or less ends here aside from an epilogue around his passing and the posthumous award I would have rated the book five stars if Posnanski had written a straight up biography but he felt that Buck s autobiography already dealt with the early yearsStill one of the touching books that I have read for the reasons previously mentioned I don t think one has to be a baseball fan to like this book although it helps to know who many of the old negro league players are

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READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD The Soul of Baseball Of the game Posnanski writes about that love and the one thing that O'Neil loved almost as much as baseball jazz BASEBALL AND JAZZ is an endearing step back in time to the days when the crack of a bat and the smoky notes of a midnight jam session were the sounds that brought the most joy to a man's hear. Now that I ve finished reading it I can t really classify The Soul of Baseball It s not really a baseball book It s certainly not a biography I can t even say it s a portrait of a man The Soul of Baseball is so much than any of that I guess that than anything I can call it a gift A gift Yes I like that The Soul of Baseball is the result of sportswriter Joe Posnanski spending a little than a year traveling the United States with Buck O Neil Buck a man I ve never met but felt like I ve known my whole life was widely known as America s ambassador to baseball and especially the Negro Leagues Although he never played in the Major Leagues Buck O Neil was the first Black man to coach at that level He was also a longtime scout More importantly though he was a fun charismatic and loveable guy who made you laugh cry and thinkAt the book begins Buck is 93 going on 94 and still maintaining a full schedule of promotions interviews public appearances and campaigning on behalf of other former Negro League players for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame Posnanski does an excellent job of weaving poignant stories from O Neil s past into the present day s story There are also references to past stars like Josh Gibson Satchel Paige Ernie Banks and others And it all seems natural because it is all naturalPosnanski shows Buck to be an example of how free and easy a man can live when he doesn t hold onto the negatives in life By painting the portrait of O Neil that we see in The Soul of Baseball we readers can see how much our burdens bring us down And Buck shows us that we don t have to be that wayGoing in I knew how the story would end Still The Soul of Baseball made me feel good Buck O Neil s words and life are good life lessons that come across in an impactful way without the slightest bit of preaching The further I read I kept thinking that I want to have that man s disposition when I get that old The Soul of Baseball was an excellent excellent read I m pretty sure I ll reread this one every couple of years for the rest of my life You should too

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READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD The Soul of Baseball When Legendary Negro League player Buck O'Neil asked sports columnist Joe Posnanski how he fell in love with baseball Posnanski had to think about it From that uestion was born the idea behind BASEBALL AND JAZZ Posnanski and the 94 year old O'Neil decided to spend the 2005 baseball season touring the co. Today May 6 is Willie Mays birthday It is also the anniversary of the best pitched game in Cubs history As all of us sports fans wait impatiently for live sports to begin again one of the bright spots has been the writing of Joe Posnanski columnist for the Kansas City Star and the Athletic Posnanski has treated sports readers to his top 100 list of favorite players culminating with Mays in the top spot With this list receiving glowing reviews Posnanski decided to treat us to his list of top fifty favorite baseball moments I look forward to his writing everyday With the likelihood of baseball being played in 2020 becoming bleaker with each passing day I have been baseball heavy in my reading choices And as I have enjoyed Posnanski s writing I decided to pick up his book on the Negro Leagues and was treated to a gem of a book The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues Major League Baseball chose to become white only as early as the 1880s necessitating a Negro Leagues in the first place Some of the top players in those leagues may well have been as good if not better than stars Babe Ruth and Cy Young Sadly because Cool Papa Bell Josh Gibson Double Duty Radcliffe et al were never given an opportunity to play in the Major Leagues people will never know how valid these claims are Until 1947 the Negro Leagues remained a separate entity and according to the few left who played might have been of higher uality than the Majors Other than a few exhibitions each year the Leagues never crossed paths Babe Ruth advocated for the Negros most stars did if it meant an extra chance to win a pennant With white supremacist commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis in charge of the majors until after World War II integration during the Negro League s heyday was not even a kernel of an idea So the Negro Leagues endured for better or worse No former player or coach embodied the spirit of the Negro Leagues better than Buck O Neil player and later manager of the famed Kansas City Monarchs teams that served as a gateway to the Majors O Neil and Posnanski crossed paths on a number of occasions with both hailing from Kansas City Posnanski had already written other books at the time but was given the idea to write a book about O Neil a living history museum of a person What ensued was Posnanski following O Neil across the United States for a better part of two years as he engaged Americans on the Negro Leagues and it s players and history The result was a treasure trove of stories and advice from a nonagenarian with a sharp memory who saw the country change in his words for the better before his very eyes Buck O Neil was married to baseball and his love for the Negro Leagues flows from these pages O Neil noted that the two very best things are baseball and jazz and baseball played by the Negro Leaguers was a sort of jazz of its own music played on the basepaths Posnanski was privileged to be in the presence of this living legend and preserve of his story Buck O Neil had a story for each player and city and spot on his travels His Nancy story had been told over 10000 times and he always stopped for a woman in a red dress In his heart he believed that Negro Leaguers belonged in the hall of fame even if advocating for others came at the expense of himself O Neil long stopped going to funerals because he was the longest living teammate and always asked to speak and at his age this tugged on his heart What he enjoyed was a day at the ballpark because he never thought the game changed just the people playing it As long as he got his ice cream and crackerjack O Neil was a happy man O Neil was the first black coach in the major leagues and later a scout for the Cubs He scouted multiple hall of famers and saved many careers Generations of African American stars owe their career to him and many revere him even than Jackie Robinson whose memory fades farther into the past This is why I read of old time players O Neil the Negro Leagues and others from generations gone by so that those special memories and stories do not fade away and stay at the forefront of our collective psyches Buck O Neil lived to be nearly ninety five years old A special party was planned in his honor but sadly he did not make it to see the day O Neil and his wife of fifty one years Ora Lee never had children so O Neil lovingly referred to Posnanski as his son and permitted him in his hospital room in his last moments Sadly O Neil never saw this book come to fruition but Posnanski notes that O Neil would not have been sad He always said good black don t crack and never regretted a long life lived O Neil is one of the speakers on Ken Burns baseball documentary describing both the Negro Leagues and African Americans who helped to integrate the majors Posnanski has provided baseball fans starving for game action with a intimate look at one of the game s treasures Buck O Neil embodied the Negro Leagues and was indeed his own Hall of Fame 45 stars


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    [The Soul of Baseball] EBOOK READ Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD The Soul of Baseball Today May 6 is Willie Mays’ birthday It is also the anniversary of the best pitched game in Cubs’ history As all of us sports fans wait impatiently for live sports to begin again one of the bright spots has been the writing of Joe Posnanski columnist for the Kansas City Star and the Athletic Posnanski has treated sport

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Soul of Baseball Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski This is an absolutely phenomenal book Posnanski is a masterful writer I reviewed this for Kirkus when it came out

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    [The Soul of Baseball] EBOOK READ READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS Kansas City sports writer follows Negro Leagues legend Buck O'Neil for a year across the country It's a fabulous bittersweet biography of sorts of O'Neil and the League itself The bitterness comes from the reader as you read all the hardships and slights that black players endured to simply play the game However O'Neil is nothing but a gut

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    [The Soul of Baseball] EBOOK READ READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS This is a really important book about keeping the memory and history of the Negro Leagues alive but instead of trying to recap the book or Buck O'Neil's stories I'll leave you with two uotes in O'Neil's own wordsBefore Jackie Robinson there were men who played baseball And we were good People who saw us man we could play We made a differen

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Soul of Baseball READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS To begin with if you are a fan of baseball you should read this bookIf you are a fan of Civil Rights you should probably read this book This book made me smile on one page and cry on the next It made me completely indignant about all of the injustices in the world all of the unspeakably horrible things that happen in the tiniest actions or inactions and yet it left me unable to be truly angry about them because that is

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    [The Soul of Baseball] EBOOK READ READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski A fascinating story about Buck O’Neill the baseball player and arguably the game’s greatest ambassador The book covers Buck’s travels around America in support of the Negro League Hall of Fame and anything b

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    READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS [The Soul of Baseball] EBOOK READ I've tried so many times to pull together my thoughts on this book This book is told in a series of stories over the course of a year the author spent with Buck O'Neil Together they traveled the country as Buck spoke at schools and various events about baseball the Negro Leagues coaching and ultimately lifeI love baseball in a li

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    READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD The Soul of Baseball Wonderful story about what turned out to be the last year of Buck O'Neils life The injustice and rejection the man faced in his life was over shadowed by his incredible attitude about life This is only a brief statement of the power of this book

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Soul of Baseball Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski Now that I’ve finished reading it I can’t really classify The Soul of Baseball It’s not really a baseball book It’s certainly not a biography I can’t even say it’s a portrait of a man The Soul of Baseball is so much than

  10. says: Joe Posnanski à 1 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski [The Soul of Baseball] EBOOK READ

    READ & DOWNLOAD The Soul of Baseball [The Soul of Baseball] EBOOK READ READ & DOWNLOAD µ MAKANAT.CO à Joe Posnanski I bought this book a while ago I really enjoy Posnanski's blog but I hadn't gotten around to reading the book Well I had kept it at work and was working late on an upgrade with some time to kill in the middle and it captured me so I had to read the whole thing pretty uickly The book is really just Joe following Buck O'Neil around for a while before Buck's death But in the course of this he paints a wonderful picture of Buck O'Neil and what

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