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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His startling self obsession; his craven dependence on his long dead papa is matched only by his toe-curling immaturity as he "falls for" his second wife and needs to rush to his "friends" to share his troubled thoughts with. And find the much needed reassurance they will offer. God how they must dread his car creeping up their drive. Leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. And I love his NFL commentary. So I was very disappointed.
"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...
"Do I love or hate Joe Buck?"
Joe Buck. Down to earth, average Joe from Anytown, USA? Arrogant, spoiled brat with a self-righteous attitude and a lack of gratitude? Somewhere in between? After reading this book, you might end up thinking Joe Buck is great or you might want to kill him. I'm having a really hard time gauging what I think of the man. Joe presesnts a compelling case why you should love him and why you should hate him.
If you were considering this book, it's time to call an "Audible" (pun intended, pause for laughter). Spend your credit on someone more worthwhile, like Steve Young. Now there's a guy you could have a glass of milk with!
I guess I just haven't paid enough attention to Joe Buck but the man is hilarious! Loved his honesty and the wonderful stories about his life. I will definitely pay more attention to him!
"Great story told with honesty and humor"
Not particularly a fan, but I enjoyed hearing Joe talk about his unique childhood, career progression and the difficulty of dealing with constant criticism.
This book is written for anyone who enjoys sports.
Excellent pace of retelling key life experiences and path of personal growth that illustrated his falsely perceived inflated self worth.
"Got more than what I expected! Hair plugs now out of question 😂"
Reason I got this book was because heard buck promoting on radio and mentioning hair plugs since this is one thing in my bucket list :( ... I love how he mentioned that only a person with thinning hair knows how it feels!!! Loved the book ... it's not all about hair!! Lol!!! Motivational and persistence kinda book... MY BIG aha moment was the bracelet "so what" Mr. Buck gave his wife- the moment I heard it I thought about getting a tattto... lol I don't have any... at the end of the book he mentioned he got a tatto w it... I laughed!!! Thanks it was a great book
Honest, engaging, moving and smart. A well paced presentation without any lulls whatsoever. Well done, Joe Buck!
"Wowzer! Great listen"
I enjoyed the back story of one I consider to be a great voice and play by play commentator for all sports. Even bass fishing!
Joe Buck is one of the great voices I could listen to for hours. Well done!
"A great listen."
Funny, insightful and fun. Whether or not you're a fan of Joe's work you'll enjoy this one. It's hard not to like and respect him after listening.
"Very enjoyable read and a new found respect..."
My interest in Joe's book started when I heard him being interviewed on The Howard Stern Show. At first I was a bit dismissive, because I figured it was a story about a spoiled lucky bastard who rode the coat tails of his dad, Jack. But after hearing in the interview, I was intrigued...for I was able to connect with a few stories he shared on the show...and I wanted to hear more. What I found most enjoyable, was his raw account of his life, the close loving relationship with his dad, his ability to create a joke and make fun of himself, the mature reflection of his first marriage to Ann (whom I know), and his ability to be like his dad...both professionally as a broadcaster and personally as a father. As a St. Louisan, diehard Cardinal Fan, and admirer of his father...at first I was skeptical, but now I'm a fan...That's a Winner Joe!
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