Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck
304 pages / 6 hrs, 55 mins
"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.
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 50 years, helped Joe get his broadcasting start at 18. 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." --from the publisher
Growing up in the STL area in the 60s and 70s, I remembered and related to many of the stories. I enjoyed the nostalgia! Of course there was a lot going on behind the scenes that I knew nothing about, too. It was definitely worth reading although the book dragged a bit for me near the end.