Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spring Training Season at Last

At last the 2014 spring training season is upon us and although up north here we are covered in mounds of frozen snow and ice, it's time to start thinking baseball.  For Sporting Chance Press, baseball is the topic of two great timeless classics that we developed: The 10 Commandments of Baseball and Public Bonehead, Private Hero.

Our book, The 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy's Rules for Baseball (and Life) is a perfect storm of a baseball book that is made up in large part of short bits on famous baseball players that illustrate the baseball principles presented in a most entertaining way. It's  written by uber baseball fan and author J. D. Thorne for enthusiasts of all ages and touches on great players like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Willie Mays and many others--a book that dads and moms will want their sons and daughters to read--and they will!  Some have called it the perfect airplane ride book because it offers plenty of interest to help weary travelers pass the time. Selected by the  National Baseball Hall of Fame museum store, the vintage look of the book and it's manageable size make it a wonderful book that readers will read many times over.  

For those who love sports and history, there is Mike Cameron's Public Bonehead, Private Hero: The Real Legacy of Baseball's Fred Merkle. One of history's most memorable characters, legendary scapegoat Fred Merkle, was a young 19 year old New York Giant who was filling in for an injured veteran in an important game against the mighty Chicago Cubs in 1908. The game was tied going into the bottom of the ninth inning in the Polo Grounds. Merkle who was on first, walked off the base path and ran to the clubhouse after the apparent end of the hotly contested game when a teammate on third scored on a base hit to the outfield. Merkle was called out for not tagging second based on a rule that was rarely enforced (if ever) under the circumstances at the time. 

Cameron sets the stage historically with a short look at 1908 current events and then takes the reader deep into the 1908 baseball season , which in itself was riveting and dramatic.   The author also looks at Merkle's life post 1908 to unveil Merkle's struggles in a world that would remember his name for all the wrong reasons.  In the end, readers will see the Merkle story in a whole new perspective. 

Both books are available from Sporting Chance Press, select stores, and Amazon. 

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