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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 wife, Lisa.[1]

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." [2]

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.[3] 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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Yanks Go Yard
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:14:45 -0700

Well, hello there everybody, Welcome to This Week In Yankees Baseball. Breaking News. Buster Olney of ESPN has taken a shot at Derek Jeter and the Yankees. Well, listen here, Buster! “Years from now, according to Olney, ¨there will be folks who worked ...


Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:38:31 -0700

ESPN's Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Wednesday to discuss Derek Jeter's farewell tour and possible Red Sox offseason targets. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Asked about ...
WTMM 104.5 The Team - ESPN Radio
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:36:29 -0700

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will most likely be voted as both the MVP and Cy Young winner with a 21-3 regular season record. But in the post-season, it's a different story as Los Angeles has been eliminated and Kershaw's career post-season ...
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:00:13 -0700

Buster Olney spoke with Tim and Christian today regarding Derek Jeter's final three games, which will be at Fenway Park. Buster outlines how bad Jeter has played this year offensively and defensively. He also talks about what to expect from ...
WTMM 104.5 The Team - ESPN Radio
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:59:41 -0700

With the MLB playoffs officially underway, Armen and Levack were joined by ESPN's Buster Olney to help preview the action. Is this Clayton Kershaw's October? Will Mike Trout live up to the regular season hype? Who's the team to beat? Buster Olney has ...

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:37:30 -0700

Josh Donaldson Bob Stanton/USA TODAY Sports If a teardown of the A's happens, Josh Donaldson is likely to go. PITTSBURGH -- When you hear Ralph Branca tell the story of Bobby Thomson's historic home run, he offers a full appreciation of that moment, ...
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:45:00 -0700

Buster Olney talks to Sam Mellinger and Keith Law about the Royals' first AL pennant in 29 years, the Giants needing just one more win against the Cardinals and much more. Download » Archive » iTunes » ...

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ESPN (blog)
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:53:58 -0700

Andrew Friedman Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Andrew Friedman is the independent film producer who must decide if his artistic qualities can survive at a big-budget studio. Editor's note: Buster originally wrote this Friday, Oct. 10. It has been updated ...

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