Authors at Sporting Chance Press
|J. D. Thorne|
J. D. Thorne is a consummate community event speaker and he speaks with an enthusiasm that is contagious. J. D. can reach out to an audience like few others. He is the author of The 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy's Principles for Success in Baseball (and Life). J. D. is a life-long baseball fan and he has been involved in the game at all amateur levels of play including the College, High School, and American Legion. J. D. presents on Joe McCarthy and baseball principles. He talks about his personal baseball experiences peppered with stories of the greats. Stories of Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle, Mays, Wagner, Cobb and dozens of others are in his repertoire. Although he grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and has a good first hand understanding Chicago Cub history, for many years he has lived in Milwaukee and followed the Brewers. He writes for On Wisconsin Sports.
Patrick McCaskey has been working for the Chicago Bears now for over 40 years. He is a powerful speaker who mixes his own brand of humor with an engaging presentation. As a Senior Director of the Chicago Bears and the grandson of Bears' founder, George Halas, Patrick has much to offer football fans and history buffs. Patrick McCaskey is the author of our newest book, Pilllars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships--our comprehensive story of the ten greatest coaches in NFL history. Patrick is also the author of Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout. In addition to general audiences of all kinds, he is asked by many Christian groups to speak on sports and faith, one of his favorite subjects and an essential element of his day to day existence. Patrick currently runs on the Senior Track Circuit and was a high school athlete of some note.
Mike Cameron is an exceptionally interesting journalist and sports marketing man who like J. D. Thorne is a baseball devote. Mike played high school, college ball and then semi-pro ball, but has always kept his eye on the pro game as a Cubs season ticket holder and life-long fan. I have no doubt that Mike can hold his own with anyone in baseball in his knowledge of the Cubs.
For many years Mike was also an umpire in various youth baseball groups. His children share his love of sports and his son is a former Marine and Chicago area boxer. Mike's very specific passion the past several years is sports greatest scapegoat and the subject of Mike's book: Public Bonehead, Private Hero: The Real Legacy of Baseball's Fred Merkle. Mike was impressed by what he had heard about the courageous Fred Merkle and he set out to present his life in the context of the Progressive Era and it's many historical images (Wright Brothers, Ford's Model T, Teddy Roosevelt, etc). Baseball was more than America's game in 1908, it was America's passion in the time before radio and television. When Merkle fell victim to an umpire's call and the reaction of the press, baseball was in the midst of perhaps the most exciting season of all time--certainly one that has not been forgotten. Mike clearly states his case for Fred Merkle and provides a concise baseball history lesson with his presentation.
Nicolette House is the author of our middle grade novel, Maddie Takes the Ice. Nicolette is a recent graduate of DePaul University and a professional ice dancing competitor. Counted among the best ice dancers in the world, Nicolette competed internationally, but her experience as a young competitive figure skater is what she fell back on to write her engaging novel. Her heroine Maddie faces many tough challenges as she prepares and engages in a regional competition. Young readers get an inside look at one of the most demanding sports and share Maddie's experiences as they read along to her trials and victories. Nicolette can talk to young athletes about her experiences in the sport and the rigors and wonders of taking part in such an artful yet physically demanding field. Maddie has been mainstay in America's Battle of the Books Literacy program.
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