Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chip Off the Old Block by Patrick McCaskey

A book series that I enjoyed as a child was the Chip Hilton series written by Clair Bee, a Hall of Fame basketball coach. Chip was a great sport and near perfect in many ways. He always helped his teammates improve their game and their values. He was one of my heroes and I suppose still is today.

In Book 12 of the Chip Hilton Sports Series, “Ten Seconds to Play,” Coach Ralston evaluates Chip:
“Once in a long time, once in a blue moon, a player comes along with the spark of greatness which can mean the difference between a mediocre team and a great one. This spark of greatness or spirit or soul or genius—call it what you wish—is a combination of wisdom, leadership, intuition, loyalty, and unwavering courage.”

The series is highly collectible and the originals published by Grosset & Dunlap  are out of print. Another series by a second publisher was published in the late 1990s and is also out of print.  But for parents looking for that Chip Hilton experience for their own children, used copies can be found on Amazon, eBay, and others places. 

About Sporting Chance Press:

Our goal at Sporting Chance Press is to provide entertaining books that can give readers a lift in sports and in life. We publish books that give readers insight into the hero within each of us. When sport is at its best, there is a payoff constantly taking shape – a payoff "at work." We are improving—whether it is building self esteem, improving health, developing strong social skills, or learning the habit of achievement. There is a discipline needed in preparing for sports contests and life contests. Getting our bodies and minds in shape for the competition is critical. If we can approach sports training and life with enthusiasm, the contest is pure joy. If we can approach sport and life with passion and not pressure, we can achieve and release that fearless hero within. 
Lawrence Norris