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Warren "The Whip" Buffett

One morning, after my first book, Baseball Letters, came out, I received a call from a woman named Debbie Bosanek who said that she was calling on behalf of Warren Buffett. I'm thought to myself, "THE Warren Buffett? The stock-picking, living legend and second wealthiest man in America, Warren Buffett?" She then told me that Buffett was having his annual golf event with 20 of his favorite Major League baseball player friends (Bob Gibson, Brooks Robinson, etc.) and wanted to know how much it would cost to buy 20 personally signed copies Baseball Letters from me.

Of course, I got the books, signed them and sent them in time for Warren's party. A few days later, I received this check in the mail from him. Funny, huh?

Because of our love of baseball, Warren and I stayed in touch by mail. Every once in a while, he would ask me to send a signed copy of my book to one of his friends. I remember signing one for the great songwriter, Marvin Hamlisch.

The follow-up to Baseball Letters is Every Pitcher Tells A Story (1999, Times Books), which consists of handwritten letters from (mostly) pitchers. I asked Warren, who is the pitcher on his company team, known as Warren "The Whip," if he would write a letter for the book, comparing the art of pitching and the art of stock picking. You can read his letter here as it appeared in the book.

Warren's letter also found its way into the definitive biography of his life and work, Of Permanent Value, The Story of Warren Buffett by Andrew Kilpatrick (1999).

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Good job making it appaer easy.

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