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I Was Right on Time

O'Neil, Buck (with Steve Wulf and David Conrads)

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ISBN 10: 0684803054 / ISBN 13: 9780684803050
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing of the first trade edition following the Easton Press limited edition. 254 pages. Author's inscription on front free end page reads in full: "To ______ ____-- / Best Wishes! / Buck O'Neil" Inscription is followed by six additional signatures, being: [Clifford] Connie Johnson; Lefty LaMarque; Herman (Doc) Horn Sr.; Jessie Rogers; Slick Surratt; and Ulysses Holliman. Slight signs of handling and a couple very slight smudges on fore edges. Volume remains tight and otherwise very clean. Dust jacket is now protected in a clear mylar sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 033028

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Title: I Was Right on Time

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Cloth - Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed and Signed By the Author and Others

Edition: First Trade.

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A veteran of seven decades of professional baseball reminisces about his days in the Negro Leagues, offers an intimate portrait of Satchel Paige, and reveals his current work scouting for the Kansas City Royals at age eighty-two

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The beauty of former Negro League star Buck O'Neil's autobiography is its tone: it's filled with thankfulness for the life he's had. Born into an era of racial segregation, O'Neil--truly an inspirational presence in the Ken Burns documentary Baseball--has a right to be bitter for the opportunities denied him; instead, he is at peace with the opportunities he took. A man of unmistakable dignity, O'Neil is a marvelous storyteller, and I Was Right On Time reads like a fireside chat. He spins tales of baseball's barnstorming era, offers memories of his all-time Negro League all-star team, and weaves deft portraits of the stars he played with (and against), most affectionately his good friend and long-time teammate Satchel Paige. Still, O'Neil doesn't whitewash the past. He has stared down injustice and confronted insult, yet instead of lecturing, he opts to inform. Now in his 80s, O'Neil, as chairman of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, remains a living part of baseball memory. I Was Right On Time gives that memory a rich, resonant voice.

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