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. He now has a successful, Emmy-winning career, but only after a lot of dues-paying, learning, and pretty damn entertaining mistakes that are recounted in this book.
In Lucky Bastard, Joe takes the listener into the broadcast booth and into his childhood home. Hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking, this is a book that any sports fan will love.
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I thought you were the guy in Midnight Cowboy...
Yes. I always enjoy when a narrator reads their own book. At least they can't say they were misquoted.
When he told about how that comedy guy Lange came on his showed and made him feel like Little Bo Peep.
Joe Buck is always a good listen so long as he doesn't destroy his voice unintentionally.
"Hi, I'm Joe Buck...but not from Midnight Cowboy...but I have as much money as he does...wanna shag?" That would be my tag line.
Still waiting for a memorable call but don't worry kid, you got time...
- brianrainstorm "Music, Sports, Politics, History and Entertainment are just a few of my passions... I am Smartacus."
Do I love or hate Joe Buck?
- Boyd Tschaggeny "I'm an electrical engineer who looks like Conan and has a flair for business. I'm nostagic for FF7 and Pokemon... and Salsa Verde Doritos."