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Buster Olney
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Born (1964-02-17) February 17, 1964 (age 50)
Washington, D.C.
Education Vanderbilt University
Occupation Sports columnist
Television Personality

Robert Stanbury "Buster" Olney III (born February 17, 1964) is an American columnist for ESPN: The Magazine, ESPN.com, and covered the New York Giants and New York Yankees for The New York Times. He is also a regular analyst for the ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Olney is one of about 575 voters for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He also hosts ESPN's Baseball Tonight daily podcast.


Personal life[edit]

Olney currently resides in Yorktown Heights, New York, with his partner, Michael Symonds.

Early life and education[edit]

Olney grew up on a dairy farm in Randolph Center, Vermont, which came in handy when he served as the "Cow Insider" for Mike Greenberg's milking of a cow on Mike and Mike in the Morning on June 21, 2007. He was educated at Northfield Mount Hermon School and Vanderbilt University, where he majored in history. As a child Buster was an avid baseball fan. At age 8, he developed an affinity for the Los Angeles Dodgers after reading a book about Sandy Koufax. Buster would later attribute his fanship as a reason for his journalistic career.

Journalism career[edit]


After graduating, Olney began covering baseball in 1989, as the Nashville Banner's beat reporter assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. While in Nashville, he formed a close relationship with the legendary Don Meyer, Head Coach of the men's basketball program at David Lipscomb University. He later worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune and Baltimore Sun. He arrived at the Times in 1997 and in his first year won an Associated Press award.

During one of his first assignments in Nashville, the Sounds hosted the Columbus Clippers who, at the time, were the AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees. Olney almost had a minor confrontation with a Yankee prospect at the time known more for his football play, Deion Sanders. Olney had attempted to do a piece on Sanders, but was blown off. In return, Olney wrote what he called later in his career an unflattering piece on Sanders. Sanders replied to Olney by writing on a baseball "Keep writing like that your whole life and you'll always be a loser." [1]

The Last Night of the Yankees Dynasty[edit]

In 2004, Olney published The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, ISBN 0-06-051506-6, a nonfiction account of the Yankees' run of championships in the 1990s.[2] The book also considered why the team lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series and why it didn't win a championship between 2001 and 2008. Since leaving the Times, Olney has become a constant on the ESPN family of networks.

How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer[edit]

In 2010, Olney authored How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer, an account of how a tragic car accident and cancer diagnosis impacted the life of the highly accomplished college basketball coach. In 2013, Olney delivered the May Commencement Speech at Northern State University, where Meyer coached until 2010, and was still a member of the faculty until his death on May 18th, 2014.


External links[edit]

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Kings of Kauffm
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:02:54 -0700

The game will be broadcast by Dan Shulman and former major league first baseman John Kruk in the booth, with Buster Olney reporting from the field. Earlier today, we had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Olney about the Royals performance this season, ...
KC Kingdom
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:56:15 -0700

The Royals lost their second game in a row, falling 6-1 to the Indians Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. More From Around The Kingdom. 8/29 - Around the Kingdom: Raul Ibanez, Gordon, AJ Jenkins, Ben Heeney · 8/28 - Around the Kingdom: Bartolo Colon, ...


Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:26:15 -0700

While there's a widespread belief that the Red Sox could become major players for Stanton if the Miami Marlins decide to trade their prized slugger, ESPN's Buster Olney sees a National League team as the front-runner for the All-Star's services. “The ...
Athletics Nation
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:03:45 -0700

What would be your Top 5 for ballpark atmosphere (to be clear: not attendance): I'd go: 1. OAK 2. STL 3. BOS 4. PIT 5. SF. Others? — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 25, 2014. The A's lead the league in dB/f, or decibel-per-fan ratio.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:08:32 -0700

In a blog post headlined "Reinsdorf's days of influence are over," ESPN's Buster Olney suggests that White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf sacrificed a good deal of his standing and clout among owners because of his effort to block the election of Rob ...
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:40:20 -0700

As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps ...
ESPN (blog)
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:10:56 -0700

Robinson Cano and Lloyd McClendon Brian Blanco/Getty Images Robinson Cano, Lloyd McClendon & Co. enter Monday having won 14 of their past 18 games. OAKLAND, Calif. -- Garrett Richards rushed to cover first base and blew out his knee.
Factory Of Sadness
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:23:00 -0700

The trade deadline is less than three hours away, and Asdrubal Cabrera is still a member of the Cleveland Indians. There's still plenty of time for general manager Chris Antonetti to move the 28-year-old shortstop. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, a ...

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