In this New York Times bestselling memoir, the announcer of the biggest sporting events in the country—including the 2017 Super Bowl and this century's most-watched, historic, Chicago Cubs–winning World Series—reveals why he is one lucky bastard.Sports fans see Joe Buck everywhere: broadcasting one of the biggest games in the NFL every week, calling the World Series every year, announcing the Super Bowl every three years. They know his father, Jack Buck, is a broadcasting legend and that he was beloved in his adopted hometown of St. Louis. Yet they have no idea who Joe really is. Or how he got here. They don’t know how he almost blew his career. They haven’t read his funniest and most embarrassing stories or heard about his interactions with the biggest sports stars of this era. They don’t know how hard he can laugh at himself—or that he thinks some of his critics have a point. And they don’t know what it was really like to grow up in his father’s shadow. Joe and Jack were best friends, but it wasn’t that simple. Jack, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for almost fifty years, helped Joe get his broadcasting start at eighteen. But Joe had to prove himself, first as a minor league radio announcer and then on local TV, national TV with ESPN, and then finally on FOX. He now has a successful, Emmy-winning career, but only after a lot of dues-paying, learning, and pretty damn entertaining mistakes that are recounted in this book. In his memoir, Joe takes us through his life on and off the field. He shares the lessons he learned from his father, the errors he made along the way, and the personal mountain he climbed and conquered, all of which have truly made him a Lucky Bastard.
The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America
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.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck was loved by many and will be missed by everyone. Millions of fans heard his Cardinals broadcasts over the airwaves and were touched by his humor and enlightened by his knowledge and love of the game. After five decades as the voice of the Cardinals, Jack Buck will be remembered for his humor, charity, energy, and unwavering commitment to baseball and its fans. The pages of Jack Buck: Forever a Winner are filled with full-color photographs of Jack, from both his professional and his personal life, as well as photos of colleagues, athletes, coaches, political leaders, and celebrities who share experiences with Jack. The photographs are accompanied by poignant rememberances, quotes by and about Jack, and some of his memorable poetry.
Old Tom Boone is sixty-seven when he uncovers his half century old diary. He fondly remembers his youthful search for adventure and how he found it in 1861 when as a sixteen-year-old boy he walked with his best friend, Jake, from a Missouri farm to the Colorado Rockies at the height of the gold rush. Settling in the exciting boom town of Buckskin Joe as Civil War tensions were high, Tom got all he bargained for and more by interacting with real Colorado legends, Horace and Augusta Tabor, Father Dyer, the infamous Major John Chivington and a beautiful dance hall girl known only as Miss Silverheels. Young Tom, who longs for the girl he left behind, learns the value of friendship, hard work, and loyalty and comes face to face with what he dreads the most—war.
Buck Schiwetz' Memories (Joe & Betty Moore Texas Art)
Buck Schiwetz is best known for his depiction of the Texas scene, and Texas predominates in this volume of eighty works of art, sixty-four of them splendidly reproduced in full color. Included are a number of scenes from his boyhood in Central Texas, beautiful interpretations of the Texas Gulf Coast, and paintings and drawings from the artist's early career, as he takes us to New York, Louisiana, Mexico, and Italy.
Tony La Russa talks baseball strategy with Joe Buck
Capturing such quintessentially American pastimes as baseball and road trips in one fascinating work, this updated and expanded guide chronicles more than 500 important events in baseball history with detailed descriptions of the event and information on each location.Packed with historical data, trivia, photographs, and baseball lore, entries include the birthplaces of baseball legends, ballparks, museums and halls of fame, final resting places, and many locations that are no longer standing. From out-of-the-way spots to the most popular stadiums in the U.S. and Canada, no site is too small or insignificant to be included in this comprehensive directory.Entries include the Buckminster Hotel in Boston, where the Black Sox planned their fix of the 1919 World Series; the original little league field and museum in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; the birthplace of Jackie Robinson; the place where Mickey Mantle was discovered by a scout from the New York Yankees; and the site of the original Wrigley Field, erected in Los Angeles in 1925.
For young Stanley Mitchell, Jr., 1958 is quickly becoming a year of newfound joys and thrilling adventure. Beginning with the discovery of hidden love letters, and an uneasy meeting with Buster Lighthorse Smith, the Dewdrop Drive-in's elderly projectionist and former reservation policeman, Stanley learns about blues music, Sherlock Holmes, racism, and lost dreams. Through the natural course of growing up, he discovers the true nature of his father's heart; the love of his mother and sister and house servant, Rosy; and becomes involved in a forbidden world that exists beneath Dewmont, Texas, like dirt and bacteria beneath a beautiful carpet. Stanley enters a forbidden world of secrets filled with death and darkness, jealous lovers, and ghostly occurrences-until he finds the real murderer of the young girl who wrote the love letters he found, and becomes the murderer's next target.
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