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Volume 9, Issue 27; May 14-May 20, 2003
Book of Dreams
Former Red Paul O'Neill discusses his book, his dad and his storied career
Interview By Rodger Pille Those who remember how Paul O'Neill patrolled right field when he played for the Cincinnati Reds won't be surprised to hear he's an impassioned author. The same fire he brought to each at-bat is on display in the pages of Me and My Dad , his first published book and in many ways the first soul-baring O'Neill has done since he broke into the big leagues in 1985. Whereas O'Neill the player wore his heart on his sleeve during his run with the Reds, 1985-1992 and his storied tenure with the New York Yankees he was never one to open up much in the public eye. In a recent interview with CityBeat , O'Neill acknowledges that he tended to let his numbers and all-out playing style speak for him when he played. But Me and My Dad was a chance not only to explore his career in retrospect, but to immortalize his father, Charles "Chick" O'Neill, who died in 1999 while Paul was still playing for the Yankees. "I had been asked to write books before, but I just liked to play baseball then go home, and that's it," he says. "When this was brought up and the outside thing about writing about my father, I thought what a great chance to have something for my kids to remember down the road."