Author Joe Posnanski @ Your Library

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present author Joe Posnanski at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. Posnanski will read from and sign copies of his book, The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America. The program is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Amber Bookstore. This event is part of Read St. Louis, a collaboration between the St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis County Library. This is the third of five books we will enjoy this year.

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 as much the story of Buck O’Neil as it is the story of baseball. In a time when disillusioned, steroid-using, money-hungry athletes define the sport, Buck O’Neil stands out as a man that truly played for the love of the game.

A sports columnist for the Kansas City Star, Joe Posnanski is a two-time winner of the AP Sports Columnist of the Year Award—the nation’s most prestigious sports writing honor. He has been nominated fifteen times for awards by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

The St. Louis Public Library is also offering these baseball-related programs in conjunction with Posnanski’s appearance:

Wii Baseball Sessions (Wii Sports Baseball or Mario Super Sluggers). New and experienced gamers welcome. Adults.

*  July 8  6:30-8 p.m. Machacek Branch  6424 Scanlan Ave

*  July 22  5-6:30 p.m.  Walnut Park, 5760 W. Florissant Ave.

*  July 25  2-3:30 p.m.  Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave.


Baseball Movies. Adults.

*  July 16  2 p.m.  Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave.  Hardball (2001)

*  July 18  2 p.m.  Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave.  Field of Dreams (1989)

*  July 25  3 p.m.  Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave.  The Natural (1984)

*  July 28  4 p.m.  Carondelet, 6800 Michigan Ave.  The Bad News Bears (1976)


Baseball Card Appraisal. Appraiser Greg Bowers offers informal appraisals of baseball cards. He discusses what is desirable and valuable in today’s market.

*  July 18  11 a.m.-Noon  Machacek, 6224 Scanlan Ave.

Read St. Louis is made possible by a generous sponsorship from the UPS Foundation. Cosponsors for the reading project are KMOX Radio (AM 1120) and KMOV-TV Channel 4. The Literacy Roundtable provides additional support.

For details, call 206-6779.

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