Joe Posnanski has written for the Kansas City Star, Cincinnati Post and Sports Illustrated and books, The Soul of Baseball about Buck O'Neil and The Machine about the Cincinnati Reds of the mid-1970s. He won the Associated Press Sports Editors' award for "Best Sports Columnist" in 2002 and 2005 and was named "National Sportswriter of the Year" by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2012.
He has published a number of books, mainly about sports subject, but also including a biography of magician Harry Houdini
- Joe Posnanski: The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America, William Morrow, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY, 2007. ISBN 978-0060854034
- Joe Posnanski: The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds, HarperCollins, New York, NY, 2009. ISBN 978-0061582561
- Joe Posnanski: The Baseball 100, Avid Reader Press, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2021. ISBN 9781982180584