|J. D. Thorne, Author and Friend|
One of my customers told me that The 10 Commandments of Baseball is the best airplane books for sports fans. In a couple hours on an airplane, you can read through this book with ease and have time to go back to your favorite parts. J. D. includes snippets of big league stories to illustrated McCarthy's principles. He fills in with his own amateur experiences as well. The Commandments is also a very beautiful book that was designed by two exceptionally talented book designers and it's loaded with classic photos. We use the design for our book on Fred Merkle as well.
|Maddie Takes the Ice|
Books Reaching Out
When Mike Cameron worked on Public Bonehead, he came into contact with others who knew the story and appreciated Merkle, the man. One was David Stalker who is a "dead ball" era (early pre-Ruth baseball that featured scrappy play to produce runs with hit placement and excellent base running) fan who has organized and constructed many monuments to great baseball players within their own communities. Stalker pays homage to heroes who might otherwise be forgotten. In Merkle's case, a few memorials have been created with generous contributions from fans, community, and journalists.
Mike Cameron has gotten much press and many comments from people who appreciate the work he's done on Merkle's behalf. Personally, I believe that in Merkle we also have a great story that illustrates the long reach of bullying. Although Merkle was an excellent athlete and an intelligent man, the press and fans took after him without mercy in a most unfair way and even his kids felt the pain. I think if kids could read about Merkle, they might better understand just how unfair bullying can be and how it can target anyone.
|Sports and Faith|
We started coverage of each coach with a kind of you-are-there feature that looked at each coach in a fitting setting in the present tense. The presentation moves on to examine the coach's early life, school and playing career. The coaching career is covered emphasizing the pro game, the players, and the championship seasons. We wound things up with a contributions to the game section and highlights.
Pat provides a good balance in covering each coach so that readers will have an opportunity to explore all ten of the great coaches and then perhaps compare and contrast their styles and approach. Differences in the ten coaches certainly suggests that there is more than one way to succeed in the NFL. Pillars is definitely a book that every coach should read.
One coach in particular was almost lost in the mist of time and is unknown most places: Guy Chamberlin. Chamberlin was a great player-coach who won all his championships in the first decade of the NFL and then went back home to a quiet life in Nebraska. We started kicking up some dust looking for his history and with the help of several great local sources and Guy's grandson Rob Sherwood, Patrick put together the football life story of someone who truly is a national treasure. After our book published, Guy's home town of Blue Springs put together a handsome monument in his honor, Pat has been invited to speak to an event honoring Guy Chamberlin hosted by the Gage County Historical Society this winter.
At Sporting Chance Press we keep working on good books about good people.