While we were working on Baseball’s Winning Ways we were looking at how baseball changed during various decades. The Dodgers and Giants moved out west in 1958. I knew a Dodger fan from Brooklyn and he was still crushed decades after they moved. After World War II, there was a lot of movement to warmer climates. I used to travel out west on business to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. It was usually for winter conferences and this man from the Midwest really appreciated the weather change–I used to pinch myself as I exited the airplane on days when it was cold-cold-cold in Chicago, but hot-hot-hot out west. It was winter this morning in Chicago; it will be about 70 in Los Angeles. It’s not cold in LA. January and February are no different.
I have a grandson in Chicago who is 8-years old. He’s got the right DNA for football. In Texas, football is a required course. I have to wonder with kids focusing earlier and earlier on their sports is a warmer climate doesn’t offer more opportunities. I have a sister in Dallas. The pee-wees are always practicing in the park across from her house. They seem to be out there all year. I wish I could send my grandson out to Texas, but his mom would probably not appreciate it.
My grandson has also shown signs of talent in baseball, too. You can play baseball almost every day of the year in Los Angeles. I have another sister in LA. But my grandson is a handful and his mom is in Chicago. I suspect he will just have to make do here in Chicago.
Of course, talent (and weather) alone does not lead to success. In Baseball’s Winning Ways, my author J. D. Thorne, writes about some great players of today and yesterday. Derek Jeter came from a military family that was living in Kalamazoo and would travel out east to visit his mother’s relatives in New Jersey each summer. His summers were full of baseball and his mother’s big family there gave him a lot of opportunity to play baseball and learn. There is nothing quite like growing up with a sport because of family ties and example. Jeter managed to get better and better while living in the Midwest.
Many players came from the south to play baseball. But often they weren’t very good at hockey.
Baseball’s Winning Ways is written for enjoyment, inspiration, and information. It examines baseball eras and their backgrounds, along with profiles of great current and past players. The drama of the game, its history, baseball superstitions, statistics, and the story of trading cards are presented clearly for readers from age 12 on up. The central theme of the book is baseball’s principles that are essential to the best baseball programs. The author points out that baseball promotes certain virtues that are so important today. These are the values that parents, grandparents, teachers, and coaches want to pass down to the next generation—as important now as ever.
Most of all, Baseball’s Winning Ways is just great fun. Photographs, illustrations, and other features make it a lively book and may just help bring out the best in readers. So help bring out the best in your kids and grandkids. Warm up your home this winter with Baseball’s Winning Ways.