Thursday, July 7, 2011

Timeless Baseball and Life Principles in The 10 Commandments of Baseball



Young people love to hear about great athletes and their accomplishments. In The 10 Commandments of Baseball, featured players include many greats like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio along with many others who are not so well known.

The 10 Commandments of Baseball by J. D. Thorne is full of timeless sports and life lessons for readers--as important today as when the principles were penned back in 1921 by the greatest baseball manager of all time, Joe McCarthy. One recent discussion on sports radio here in Chicago concerned a player's slump. Timeless baseball principles suggest slumping teams and players need to focus on the fundamentals and avoid trying too hard to specifically solve the problem. When the fundamentals are applied consistently, the rest follows.

Another story here in Chicago centered on Paul Konerko's All-star plight. Paulie refused to moan about the All-Star selection process that to date has kept him off the team despite his tremendous season. In fact Konerko said that "they got it right." Baseball principles tell us to stay positive and respect authority like Paul Konerko.

A flurry of errors this season have helped side-tracked the Cubs. Baseball principles tell players to keep their head in the game--"keep your head up and you won't have to keep it down" is the principle. Stay alert in all you do.

In good programs, Baseball principles are taught to young players early and if presented the right way, they also serve players as life principles. The 10 Commandments of Baseball is highly recommended by many baseball enthusiasts because it's a wonderful baseball book as well as a book on life. Written at an 8th grade reading level, the book is accessible to adults and younger readers as well. It has been described as "a tremendous achievement—a tribute to everyone who has played the game"—"a perfect storm of a baseball book"—"a keeper—a book for all time"—" a great contribution to the literature of baseball."

See Sporting Chance Press for details and ordering information.

Image is "Boys Playing Baseball" from the Library of Congress, Herbert A. French.

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