Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thorne Talks 10 Commandments of Baseball on Sports Radio

10 Commandments of Baseball Author J.D. Thorne
Sporting Chance Press author and baseball aficionado, J. D. Thorne, talked  baseball on the popular WSSP Program, Faith in the Zone.  Hosted by Mike McGivern, Faith in the Zone focuses on discovering how people in sports walk in faith.  The show aired on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on 1250 AM radio, and the station posted a podcast of the show online for listeners' convenience. 

J.D. Thorne is the author of The 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy's Principles for Success in Baseball (and Life).  The book examines the the legendary Yankees-Cubs-Red Sox Manager's "rules of the road" basics for players that has been taught by coaches for generations although most had no idea of their origin.  Commandments are illustrated by brief stories from baseball's golder era and the author's own remembrances of his days in youth and amateur baseball.  Although certainly no substitute for the actual 10 Commandments, the Baseball Commandments do support the best aspects of sports and have generous application to life as well.  Thorne's discussions on baseball are always interesting, historic, fun,  and  perhaps most of all--heart-felt. 

As J. D. mentioned on the program, his quest began when he was asked to speak at the Positive Attitude Development class at the Duluth Federal Prison Camp for a meeting. Looking for inspiration, he remembered a little keepsake card among his dad's effects that listed the "10 Commandments of Baseball" that were penned by legendary MLB manager Joe McCarthy in 1921. The Commandments are not religious in nature, but espouse good ethics and habits. Most people who have been involved with baseball recall being told:

Nobody ever became a ballplayer by walking after a ball—Commandment Number 1.

You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder—Commandment Number 2.

Always run them out. You can never tell—Commandment Number 7.

Do not quit. Commandment—Number 8.

The author, a lifelong baseball fan and practicing attorney, developed a presentation around the commandments for the inmates in Duluth. He wanted to emphasize how they could be applied to life. The four hour drive from Milwaukee to Duluth can be a scenic drive in good weather, but in the gloom of an upper Midwest winter on that February day, the author's mood swung from hopeful to fearful as he approached the correction facility. How would the speech go over with men who had heard most every angle on life's lessons? Fear turned to encouragement as the author was warmly received by the inmates and enthusiastically applauded at the end. Thorne recalled the event:

"You don't forget those kinds of moments in life--it was such a thrill to know that I had reached folks who desperately needed encouragement."

10 Commandments of Baseball
The experience inspired the author to try it again with other audiences. He was also inspired to write a book on the subject that we publish here at Sporting Chance Press. the 10 Commandments book and the author's presentations are antidotes to the poor sportsmanship and behavior that is so common with today's players. Even in the worst of scandals, there are lessons to be learned.

See www.sportingchancepress.com for more information on The 10 Commandments of Baseball book.  The book is available at selective stores, Amazon, and the publisher's web site.   In Wisonsin, the book is sold at Burghardt Sporting Goods store and the Little Read. (Call before you go to make sure they still have stock.)