Wednesday, March 23, 2011

J.D. Thorne Speaks about His Favorite Subject: The 10 Commandments of Baseball --A Real Gem for the Diamond


This spring, Sporting Chance Press author J. D. Thorne will begin another year of speaking engagements in his quest to educate and entertain the public on the "10 Commandments of Baseball." The Baseball Commandments, a simple list of baseball principles that were penned by legendary Cubs-Yankees-Red Sox Manager Joe McCarthy, quietly became the underlying rules of behavior for baseball for the last 90 years.

J.D.'s quest to cast attention on the origins and creator of the Baseball Commandments began a few years ago when he was asked to speak at the Positive Attitude Development class at the Duluth Federal Prison Camp for their February meeting. Looking for inspiration, he remembered a little keepsake card that reproduced the Commandments among his dad's effects. The Baseball Commandments are not religious in nature, but they certainly espouse good ethics and habits. Most people who have been involved with baseball will have a sense of these principles:

1. Nobody ever became a ballplayer by walking after a ball.
2. You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.
3. An outfielder who throws back of a runner is locking the barn after the horse is stolen.
4. Keep your head up and you may not have to keep it down.
5. When you start to slide, S-L-I-D-E. He who changes his mind may hav to change a good leg for a bad one.
6. Do not alibi on bad hops. Anyone can field the good ones.
7. Always run them out, you can never tell.
8. You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.
9. Do not find too much fault with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are.
10. A pitcher who hasn’t control, hasn’t anything.

The experience of speaking on the Baseball Commandments inspired Thorne to write a book on the subject that we publish here at Sporting Chance Press called The 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy’s Principles for Baseball (and Life).

From men's clubs at synagogues and steepled churches to public libraries -- from community service clubs to Universities -- from alumni associations to old time baseball clubs — Thorne continues his presentations that not only distill old baseball stories that illustrate the commandments, but gather in new ones from his audiences. The 10 Commandments of Baseball book can purchased from the Sporting Chance Press web site. J.D. Thorne can be contacted through his publisher, Larry Norris at lmj.norris@sportingchancepress.com .