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A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series — The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds

From 1972 to 1976, the Cincinnati Reds—the franchise known as the Big Red Machine—dominated the National League, winning four division crowns, three league pennants, and two World Series titles. But their 1975 season was the stuff of sports legend. Joe Posnanski captures all of the passion and tension, drama and glory of a baseball team considered to be one of the best ever to take the field. Featuring a who's who of stars — including Pete Rose, Ken Griffey, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Dave Concepcion, and Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson — The Machine brings to life all the hopes and excitement, fireworks and controversy of a remarkable team's extraordinary year in a rollicking thrill-ride.
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A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America

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 The Soul of Baseball. 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 who 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. It 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. Published by William Morrow. Available from:
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"You could also call him America's best sports columnist."
— MarketWatch
A collection of columns from Joe Posnanski, who has twice been named the best columnist in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Baseball, football, basketball, golf : If they're playing it, Joe Posnanski savors it. As columnist for The Kansas City Star, he has written eloquently about big victors and stirring victories, and also about humbled losers and heartfelt loss. These essays, collected from his work for The Star, are all about life as told through the medium of sport - whatever's in season.

Kansas City Star Books/The Kansas City Star Co. (June 14, 2001)

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