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The Soul of Baseball by Joe Posnanski
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May 15, 2011

it was amazing
Read from May 11 to 15, 2011

Not at all what you might think at first glance. This book is full of heart, full of soul, and full of the grace of this one man.
A tale of one man's goal to represent the Negro Leagues in all of its true condition - not as a minstrel-like, pathetic copy of white baseball, and not as a rose-colored glasses portrayal either. Just a man remembering the joy of the game, and the joy of the players who played it for the right reasons.
O'Neil just wanted people to know that talented people played for the love of the game, even when they weren't welcome elsewhere. His love, kindness, generosity of spirit and ability to see the good in everything made him the perfect ambassador for the Negro Leagues, and for baseball itself. His work on getting the Negro Leagues museum started was a labor of love.
All of the suffering, hardships and slights he faced help us discover the beauty of this one man. Its now easy to see why Ken Burns has called Buck O'Neil the best man he ever knew.
Great job by Joe Pos in managing to be the companion and the teller, without becoming the focus.
The best "Sports" book I have ever read - though the true story here is bigger than sports.
Highly recommended.

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