Buster Olney

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Robert Stanbury Olney III, or better known as Buster Olney, is a columnist for ESPN: The Magazine and ESPN.com.  Sports speaker Buster Olney grew up with a love for sports, especially baseball.  He attended Vanderbilt University and upon graduating in 1989, he quickly began covering baseball for the Nashville Banner. While he was in Nashville, he formed a close relationship with legendary basketball coach Don Meyer, whom he would later write a book about. He then went on to work at the San Diego Union-Tribune covering the Padres, then the Baltimore Sun covering the Orioles.

In 1997 he began working at the New York Times where he covered the Mets and the Yankees.  After six years at the Times, Buster achieved every sports journalist’s dream, and was hired by ESPN to cover baseball events for every ESPN entity including ESPN Radio, ESPN News and SportsCenter. He also writes a daily column for ESPN.com, and is host of the ESPN podcast Baseball Tonight, where he leads baseball discussions with some of ESPN’s top analysts. Not to mention he has also made a guest appearance on the popular ESPN radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning.

Olney currently holds the title of senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, and works as a reporter for ESPN’s exclusive Sunday Night Baseball telecast. In addition to his work with ESPN, Olney is an accomplished author. He wrote the 2004 New York Times’ bestseller The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness.  This book covered the Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez Yankee’s dynasty of 1996-2001. In 2010 he released his second book on close friend Coach Don Meyer entitled How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer.  This book was an account of how a cancer diagnosis, and a tragic car accident, affected the life of the renowned college basketball coach. Olney has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize award twice for his writing and has been ranked in the Associated Press Game Story Top 10. This sports speaker has also given the May commencement speech at Northern State University, in honor of Don Meyer, who worked there until his death in 2014.