Thursday, April 21, 2011

10 Commandments of Baseball: Perfect Baseball Book and Father's Day Gift


The modern baseball fan may never have heard of baseball's Joe McCarthy. McCarthy is one of the most influential managers in baseball history. Although he spent 20 years in the minor leagues as a player and manager, he never made it to the big leagues as a player. Nevertheless, he managed the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in what some would describe as the Golden Era of baseball. McCarthy still holds the winningest percentage for all MLB managers. He managed Hall of Famers such as Hack Wilson, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and Ted Williams.

While managing in the minor leagues he created a document called the 10 Commandments of baseball and Sporting Chance Press published a book by the same name on the topic by J. D. Thorne. The Commandments are a simple list of principles that may seem self-evident to those who were coached well as kids playing Little League:

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 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy's Principles for Success in Baseball (and Life) provides a concise review of these principles illustrated with brief stories of golden age greats baseball greats along with the author's personal experiences. It's a thoroughly fun read that is accessible to fans from 10 to 100. It is a paperback that costs $20 plus $4 shipping when you buy it from the publisher.

But if you are short on cash, there are many libraries that have the book so check it out--if your local library does not have it, they can order a copy or get a loaner from another library for you. Libraries are usually happy to get a book for a patron especially when they know it will be read and appreciated!

Many people who have seen the book, buy their own copy, but it also makes a superb gift for Father's Day or graduation. You can get it at www.sportingchancepress.com.

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