Thursday, October 16, 2008

Joe McCarthy's Rules

Most sports fans may never have heard of baseball's Joe McCarthy. Yet, McCarthy is one of the most influential managers in baseball history. He spent 20 years in the minor leagues as a player and manager. He never made it to the big leagues as a player, but managed the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in what some would describe as the Golden Era of baseball.

Joe McCarthy still holds the record for the winningest percentage of all MLB managers. He managed Hall of Famers such as Hack Wilson, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and Ted Williams. He deserves much credit as one the chief architects of the Yankee dynasty. He managed against most of the greats in baseball history such as John McGraw and Connie Mack.

While managing in the minor leagues, McCarthy created a document called the 10 Commandments of baseball. It's a simple list of principles that may seem self-evident to those who were coached well as kids playing Little League. But it's a great list of rules that make sense in baseball and life.

Sporting Chance Press is a new publishing company and we have been working with an author who is a published attorney and lifelong baseball fan, J.D. Thorne. Our first book at Sporting Chance Press is The 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy's Principles for Success in Baseball (and Life) by J.D. Thorne.

Top image is cover of The 10 Commandments of Baseball depicting Joe McCarthy. Lower photo depicts Babe Ruth with another legendary manager, John McGraw who was winding down his career as McCarthy was making a name for himself. Photo from Bain Collection, Library of Congress. Go here to order The 10 Commandments of Baseball.

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