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.
I Was There!: Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Jim Nantz, and Others Relive the Most Exciting Sporting Events of Their Lives
Take a trip through sports history through the eyes of those covering the biggest events of all-time. In I Was There! sixty-five of the biggest names in sports broadcasting and journalism share their personal experiences at the Top 5 sports moments they each saw in person. From cultural phenomena like the Super Bowl, World Series, and Olympics to less-well-known sports and games, the people who brought you these moments on television and radio or wrote the stories you read in the newspaper or online give you a first-hand look at what made these events so special. Join legends of the business like Marv Albert, Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Jim Nantz, Bob Ryan, and Dick Stockton as they tell their stories from these indelible moments in time and explain why their five moments stand above all of the others they have seen, and find out why each of them are proud to say I Was There!” Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sportsbooks about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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.
Lucky Bastard (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series) (Volume 4)
"Evanovich...with a dash of CSI." - Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)Everyone Has a Hidden TalentAs the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas's most over-the-top destination, solving the occasional murder is in Lucky's job description.A rapier wit, her weapon of choice.LUCKY BASTARDTonight, someone turned a young woman, a Jimmy Choo embedded in her carotid, into a hood ornament for the latest Ferrari in the Babylon's dealership.And one of the big-name players in a huge poker tournament ends up dead.Are the two deaths related?Lucky starts making connections putting her in the crosshairs of a killer.Her former lover, Teddie, comes back from his rock tour to deliver a bombshell.Then life deals another major complication to her personal life...and it's not going to be pretty.Can Lucky handle the fallout and catch a killer?To find out, get your copy today!READING ORDER Wanna Get Lucky? (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 1)Lucky Stiff (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 2)Lucky in Love (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 1)So Damn Lucky (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 3)Lucky Bang (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 2)Lucky Now and Then: Parts One and Two (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 3-4)Lucky Bastard (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 4)Lucky Catch (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 5)Lucky Flash (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 5)Lucky Break (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 6)Lucky the Hard Way (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 7)AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTSWhy did you decide to write humor? I'm not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky, books, specifically to Lucky's own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I've found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good--or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design? When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works. PRAISE FOR Lucky Bastard"If you're entertained by sex, innuendo and a few fantasies you'd like to see played out--and who isn't?--you ought to have Lucky and her extended Vegas family (So Damn Lucky, 2012, etc.) on speed dial." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review"This fast, funny, frantic Vegas-set series offers great laughs as well as compelling mystery and intriguing continuing characters. You'll want to spend more time with Lucky, the daughter of a former madam and a mobster." - RT Book Reviews"...the talented Coonts takes the reader on another wild ride through Sin City." - Booklist"Lucky's sass and snark make for fun reading..." - Publishers Weekly
Tony La Russa talks baseball strategy with Joe Buck
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