For some time now, JD has been pimping Joe Posnanski on this site, linking to articles, blog entries and such. Most people here know I'm a "new schooler" (and am credited as such in the wiki), and it's nice to have a sportswriter somewhere who's not afraid to use words like VORP. For all you people who weep for us "staheads," afraid that we're missing out on that which makes baseball great while perusing spreadsheets in our parents' basement, worry no more. I received my copy of "The Soul of Baseball" today.
I know there are a lot of Posnanski fans on this site, and probably even more Buck O'Neil fans. For those who don't know, Posnanski followed Buck for a year to write "The Soul of Baseball." Buck was one of baseball's greatest amabassadors. He was an incredibly engaging personality; his stories about teammate Satchel Paige and Cool Papa Bell were legendary. He had the following quote after he was ridiculously snubbed for the Hall of Fame last year:
God's been good to me. They didn't think Buck was good enough to be in the Hall of Fame. That's the way they thought about it and that's the way it is, so we're going to live with that. Now, if I'm a Hall of Famer for you, that's all right with me. Just keep loving old Buck. Don't weep for Buck. No, man, be happy, be thankful.
Buck died last October, and never got to read this book.
RR will get a full book report as soon as I'm done.