Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck

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.

"They 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.

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