I Was Right On Time is the autobiography of Buck O’Neil, Negro League player, manager, and all around wonderful human being. This is a must read for any baseball fan. Buck traces his path from skipping high school because he wasn’t allowed to attend the local high school, through his years playing and managing in the Nego leagues, to his later years scouting for the Cubs. Along the way we get a history lesson on the Negro Leagues, and some great stories about Satchel Paige and many other Negro League stars.
Maybe more importantly, the book is a lesson in leading a bitter free life. Buck was denied a high school diploma until he was in his 80s, was denied the opportunity to play in the major leagues, and was ultimately denied a spot in Cooperstown by one vote. Yet through it all, he manages to live a life completely devoid of anything resembling bitterness.