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Buster Olney
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Born (1964-02-17) February 17, 1964 (age 51)
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.

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 graduation, 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.

Personal life[edit]

Olney resides in Yorktown Heights, New York, with his wife, Lisa.[3]


External links[edit]

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Breitbart News

Breitbart News
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:41:15 -0700

In wake of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith being ejected from Thursday's matchup between the Brewers and the Atlanta Braves for using a foreign substance, MLB writer for ESPN Buster Olney spoke on Friday's edition of “Mike and Mike” on ESPN2 ...

ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)
Sat, 23 May 2015 07:17:39 -0700

The current absurdity of MLB's foreign-substance rule, detailed here earlier this week, was borne out by the on-the-record and off-the-record conversation after Milwaukee's Will Smith was suspended for eight games Friday. Smith, of course, was ejected ...


Wed, 20 May 2015 10:26:15 -0700

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney joined Middays with MFB on Wednesday to talk about where the Red Sox stand and where they might be moving in the near future. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. With Red Sox starters finally ...
Middletown Press
Wed, 20 May 2015 12:41:11 -0700

ESPN analyst Buster Olney talks baseball at Cromwell chamber breakfast. Buster Olney, author and columnist, speaks about baseball before members of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell. De Kine ...

ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)
Mon, 18 May 2015 07:16:46 -0700

ST. LOUIS -- Every day on Twitter, there are dozens of observations flying around, like this one from @David_Rieder this morning: "Garrett Richards has something shiny on his cap he's dabbing before every pitch. Yup, again." I can't tell you whether ...

ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)
Sat, 16 May 2015 07:12:38 -0700

As we hit the quarter mark of the 2015 season, the following six problem areas have been clearly defined, among others: 1. The Angels' cleanup spot. After Howie Kendrick was dealt in the winter and Josh Hamilton had shoulder surgery -- and other issues ...

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press
Sat, 09 May 2015 15:58:26 -0700

Buster Olney will be reporting from the dugouts during ESPN's 8 p.m. national broadcast of the Tigers and Royals Sunday. He talked about both teams with the Free Press' Anthony Fenech. Is the American League Central the best division in baseball? Yeah ...


Wed, 13 May 2015 10:30:45 -0700

ESPN's Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Wednesday to talk Red Sox and other baseball news, as well as offer his thoughts on Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. The Red Sox ...

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