||The pure joy of baseball as it was played in days gone by is recaptured in this on-the-road account by sports journalist Joe Posnanski, who traveled across America with the most positive, most knowledgeable, and perhaps oldest ambassador of good will, the legendary Buck O'Neil. Together they visit major American cities, meeting up with great players of the past, including Willie Mays, and stopping at small sandlot fields and major stadiums. Along the way, O'Neil shares his remembrances of baseball in general (he seems to have known everyone) and life on and off the field in the Negro Baseball League in particular. An advocate for his fellow players, O'Neil, unfortunately, was denied a place in baseball's Hall of Fame (by a single vote), He died in 2006 at the age of 94.
||An award-winning sports columnist documents his cross-country travels at the side of Negro Leagues champion Buck O'Neil, a journey during which the pair sought to recapture their love of the game, remembered O'Neil's history-making career, and explored the numerous challenges that the sport has overcome, from racism to steroid scandals.
|Editors Note 2
||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 question 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 country 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 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 heart.