In baseball today, there are several players whose resumes would compete with the greatest of all-time.  I think it is a wonderful time to be a fan. When we were developing our latest book on baseball called Baseball’s Winning Ways by J. D. Thorne, I was interested in a biography section that we wanted to include that would be made up of a selection of great players from the past and some terrific current players.  My author is well-connected with his own band of baseball people, but I wanted to get my brother’s ideas on the current players that should be included. My  brother  is a tremendous sports fan with six sons, all fans. My due diligence was probable unnecessary because I think we got it right from the beginning although our list is a select one and who knows?

My authors are the subject-area experts on sports, my nose is always in research on upcoming books, but I did spend some time looking at the careers and stats of those that were chosen. I was surprised at how many great players are in the game RIGHT NOW!  I think it certainly bodes well for baseball.


Our Baseball’s Winning Ways has published and my wife had contributed to the excitement around our house by her purchase of a new baseball purse. That settles it for me, let’s play ball!

Baseball’s Winning Ways is written for enjoyment, inspiration, and information by the author of The 10 Commandments of Baseball, J. D. Thorne. Winning Ways explores baseball history and high profile players both current and past. American history highlights provide a more complete point of reference. The drama of the game, its history, American history highlights and more provide features of interest to all fans from age 12 on up. The central theme of the book is baseball’s winning ways, those principles essential to the game itself that naturally values that parents, grandparents, teachers and coaches want to pass down that are as important now as ever. All fans will love Baseball’s Winning Ways. The last portion of the book includes learning aids: a quiz, discussion questions, a glossary, an exercise on virtues used by Ben Franklin, and extras that make the book especially relevant and useful. As the book moves quickly through time with the story of the game–photographs, and profiles offer plenty of interesting reading for the fan at home. A great read for adults, Winning Ways is also a wonderful book for schools, home-schooling, and libraries. Readers will find baseball topics that take them to new places and interests. Rounding out the books attractions are “Curveball Quiz” illustrations by illustrator Bill Potter that are reminiscent of classic baseball cards that entertain and challenge readers’ knowledge. Parents and grandparents will enjoy this book as much as their children and grandchildren. Author J. D. Thorne is an attorney who has promoted the good in baseball throughout his life in his writings, speaking, and his personal involvement with those in the game at every level.